Had intestine ruptured by the kick of a horse when he was 2. Started cycling as training for ski racing. Represented the U.S. in the 2004 and 2008 Olympic Games; won a bronze medal in the time trial in 2008. Finished in the top 10 of the Tour de France four times. Auctions off Tour de France jerseys to raise money for charities. In fourth place in the 2009 Tour de France, broke his wrist in Stage 13 and was forced to withdraw. Works as an advocate of animals; has two dogs and six cats.