You won "Best Male Athlete" four times. What did it mean to you as a cyclist to win an award that covered all of sports?
It was pretty special for me to win an award in a sport that historically does not have a huge following in the U.S. My only regret was that I could never attend in person; since it was in July, I was a bit busy.
Your first ESPY came in 2000, for "Best Comeback Athlete," following your win at the 1999 Tour de France. How did that year change your career?
From where I was a few years before, it didn't seem possible that I would even ride a bike, so to be celebrating that win, everything changed from that July in '99.
Who was your favorite ESPYS host, aside from yourself?
Think (executive producer) Maura (Mandt) and her staff had some great ones but, I would probably go with Samuel L. Jackson.
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