Louis Bien


Louis is a writer, copy editor and layout "roomba" for SB Nation. He graduated from Wisconsin after growing up in Ann Arbor, Mich. Freshman year was weird. Speaks French non-terribly.


The complex workings of a Tour de France team


Just as eight riders help one man win the Maillot Jaune, it takes a near-batallion of support to make a Tour de France team function on a daily basis. And yet for all of the diligent work, well-laid plans still rest on hope.

The Tour de France sacrifices a champion


Christopher Froome won't win a second straight Tour de France, despite entering the race as an overwhelming favorite, and that's exactly what a nasty Stage 5 demanded.

Froome abandons Tour de France


Christopher Froome is out for the Tour de France, after a second nasty spill on Stage 5 BEFORE the cobbles began.

The Tour de France according to Haimar Zubeldia

If you haven't been following cycling much since the days of Lance, then you may not know Haimar Zubeldia. Now one of the sport's most veteran riders, the 37-year-old Spaniard should become your new favorite.

How to watch the Nathan's Hot Dog Eating Contest


The Nathan's Hot Dog Eating Contest has helped elevate professional eating to the level of honest-to-God sport, replete with heroes, villains, rivalries and rising stars. Here's how to watch this year's Independence Day showdown.

Love the Tour de France

The Tour de France is a stubborn anachronism among sports. Like its host country, you may love it or hate it, but you can't deny its unique place among the world's major sporting events.

Can the Lions fix Stafford?

The Lions are going all-in on Matthew Stafford. What will it take for him to fulfill his enormous expectations?


Jackson says he still talks to gang members

One of the biggest stories of the offseason has resurfaced with an ESPN profile in which DeSean Jackson admits he still associates with "certain people" affiliated with gangs in Los Angeles.

Johnny Manziel won't apologize for partying

Johnny Manziel wants you to leave Johnny Manziel alone, you Man-zealots.


Cam Newton recovery well ahead of schedule

Cam Newton is ahead of schedule in his recovery from ankle surgery, and has returned to practice for the Panthers well before the start of training camp.

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