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by Neal Rogers
July 10, 2017
In today’s Daily News Digest: Uran wins chaotic Stage 9 that sees Porte, Thomas, Gesink crash out of Tour de France; Van der Breggen is 2017 Giro Rosa champion; teammate Guarnier wins final stage; Winder wins Tour de Feminin as Labous wins final stage; Richie Porte crashes out of Tour de France with broken pelvis and collarbone; Geraint Thomas abandons Tour de France with broken collarbone; Uran wins Tour stage with bent derailleur hanger, stuck in 11-sprocket; Dan Martin loses time in Porte crash at Tour de France; FDJ loses four riders, including Arnaud Démare, to time cut on Stage 9 of Tour de France; Outside magazine interviews ‘Tour de Pharmacy’ writer and star Andy Samberg; Video: Taylor Phinney goes nude to introduce his Cannondale-Drapac Tour de France teammates; Video: GoPro’s Tour de France Stage 9 highlights
Outside Magazine editor Christopher Keyes chatted with Andy Samberg, the writer and star of Tour de Pharmacy, an HBO sports mockumentary about a fictional 1982 Tour de France. Below are a few excerpts.
Why did you guys turn to cycling? Were you already a fan of the sport? Or, was it just an easy target?
A little bit of both. We really go on instinct. And obviously, we’re not taking these things seriously. We’re thinking, What’s a good platform to do something really crazy? The fact that cycling has much spandex and fun visual stuff happening with it, combined with its history of, you know, sort of nefarious behavior. The long history of cyclists doing whatever it takes to get ahead. It just seemed like a fun thing to blow up.
Are you anticipating any blowback from the cycling community because they are so touchy about the doping subject?
I certainly hope not, you know? It’s more that we just thought it was a funny world to do something crazy in. It’s not like we had any personal dog in the fight. It was more just like, “Oh man that would be a really fun look, for comedy.” Like we said, there is a lot of funny historical stuff to play around with and take to another level. But I think anyone who watches it will see that it’s so goofy that it’s not an indictment of a lifestyle or anything.
Click through to read the full interview. Listen to Outside’s conversation with Andy Samberg on the Outside Podcast.