Lance Armstrong was ranked the #1 cyclist in the world in 1996. After his thrilling comeback victory at the1999 Tour de France, he was named the 1999 Wide World of Sports Athlete of the Year and The Most Fascinating Person of 1999 by Barbara Walters. Chris Carmichael has been Lance Armstrong's personal coach since the early 1990s. A former world-class cyclist, he was named the 1999 Coach of the Year by the United States Olympic Committee. Peter Joffrey Nye is a cyclist and professional writer.