Samuel Abt

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Samuel Abt (born 1934) is an American sports journalist and author who covered professional cycling for 31 years,[1] publishing articles in the New York Times and International Herald Tribune, among others. He devoted much time to chronicling the careers of English-speaking riders, especially Lance Armstrong and Greg LeMond.[2][3]

Abt wrote 10 books on professional cycling, including In High Gear: The World of Professional Bicycle Racing, Lemond: The Incredible Comeback of an American Hero, and the acclaimed Breakaway: On the Road with the Tour de France. According to VeloPress, "He is the only American to have been awarded the medal of the Tour de France for distinguished service to the race."[4]

Abt is retired and lives in a suburb of Paris.


  1. ^ Startt, James (February 2012). "Pro Cycling Interview: Samuel Abt". Retrieved December 19, 2012. The veteran journalist speaks exclusively with Bicycling about covering 31 Tours de France, the changes he’s seen in the sport, and bicycle racing’s rich narrative lines. 
  2. ^ Abt, Samuel (August 26, 2012). "Rip Lance Time". New York Times. Retrieved December 19, 2012. “I hear that you’ve written a book about Greg LeMond,” Armstrong told me when we first met in 1992. “You going to write one about me?” We had known each other about five minutes. “Yes, I will,” I replied, “if you ever amount to much.” The book appeared in 2000. 
  3. ^ Abt, Sam (July 19, 1999). "LeMond Glances Backward From the Top of Alpe d'Huez". New York Times. Retrieved December 19, 2012. LeMond always did like to have a good time, to enjoy the food and wine along the way to winning the Tour de France three times, in 1986, '89 and '90. He might have won a few more but — in a similarity to Lance Armstrong's diagnosis of cancer in 1996 — lost more than a season after he was shot and nearly killed in a hunting accident in 1987. 
  4. ^ "Samuel Abt". VeloPress Authors. VeloPress. Retrieved December 19, 2012. 
  • Abt, Samuel "LeMond: The Incredible Comeback" (1990) Random House, New York, NY, ISBN 978-0-394-58476-8