Shooting Lance Armstrong

Photographer Joe Patronite has bagged shot after spectacular shot of the cycling star in victory after victory


Joe Patronite has the drill down pat: Fly to France and train a lens on a legend named Lance.

His photos of cycling superstar Lance Armstrong – churning to victory after victory in the Tour de France – have won lavish display in magazines such as Sports Illustrated and Outside. They’ve also been used in advertising for Trek bicycles, Subaru cars and other products.

This month, Patronite is back in France, documenting Armstrong’s quest for a seventh straight victory in the 2,241-mile race. The Tour de France began Saturday and continues through July 24.

“It’s all about hard work and the passion for the picture,” says Patronite, 48, who honed his skills as a photographer at the Arizona Daily Star from 1979 to 1984.

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– story published July 6, 2005 in the Arizona Daily Star