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In a better world, Lance Armstrong would have his bank balances reduced to zero, all assets derived from cycling confiscated, and he'd be given a job, away from cycling, earning $50,000 a year. Let him bring up his family on that.It is the only way to deal with these people effectively, unless you actually see him going to gaol.
Yes there are many drug cheats but Armstrong is a disgrace in the way he lied, cheated, bullied and sued. Now he's complaining his life ban is "unfair" but it will pale in comparison to all the potential legal troubles
There is no doubt that athletes from many disciplines have enhanced their performance in ways which contravene rules. With prescription drugs, with products available over-the-counter, and with medically-approved (though subsequently competition-banned) treatments. Lance Armstrong is not the first - or the last.I suspect the general public is only aware of the tip of a very large iceburg here.
Good to see that cycling is honest with itself.
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Judging by this interview, he is only sorry that he got caught cheating. Well it's too late to admit it now he has sued everyone. If I was sued by Armstrong for trying to uncover the truth I'd take him to court and claim the money back and get him done for defamation of character! he may be sorry but its too little too late!!
He maybe a proven liar but so are 7 billion other humans. Its a natural fact that humans lie on a daily basis. A lie like Armstrong's makes him nor more likely or less likely to continue lying than anyone else.
As someone who lost his mother to cancer and have always defended Lance in conversations with fellow competitive cyclists, I’m deeply angry.To dope to win TdF and amass $100m, I can understand if not condone.But to lie to other cancer sufferers and next of kin like myself, I can’t forgive and there is no redemption for this.Today my Livestrong bracelet has gone in the bin.
I believed Lance when he said the one that works hardest deserves to win PAH !!!......but Im chuffed because Eddy Merckx with his 5 TDF, 5 GIROs, 1 VUELTA and 500+ other victories is the most prolific cyclist in history. Merckx always was of course but Armstrong with 7 TDF wins was a superstar to the "general public" but if you didn't know, thats about all he won.... AND NOW HE HASN'T .
Armstrong is a proven liar. We can't therefore assume that he told the truth in the interview. If he's sorry he'll pay back the money to the Sunday Times etc. As for Livestrong - his personal brand supporting vanity 'cancer awareness' project has syphoned good people's money away from real cancer research. The only Armstrongs I feel sorry for are his children knowing their dad is a cheating bully.
I do understand (but dont condone) his "win at all costs" mentality after almost dying from cancer, that fight for survival and a second chance of life is strong and changes your outlook. He thought it was just a " level playing field " then he must have known many other riders were doping. We should now forget about the Armstrong years but we need to know that this will never happen again.
@John. did you watvh the interview. the man didnt seem sorry for what he did, just that he got caught. he was also lying about certain things in the interview. he is an awful lier.
I think we all have made terrible mistakes and His mistakes are still mistakes. he didn't admit it in the past but He does now. it does not matter what led him to admit. People should look beyond Lance Armstrong 'the cyclist' and see a Human being admitting his faults and past errors. After all we are not perfect. The man says he is sorry, people should forgive him. He knows the price he will pay.
Used your article in my blog today : www.skippyblogging.blogspot.comLance has NOT CONFESSED , in the way he should , he has skirted the subject by putting a "SPIN" on his answers !Lance has to use the Airline Ticket provided by Paul Kimmage to go before the " UCIIC Inquiry "& under OATH reveal ALL his knowledge about the Team Financing and Suppliers of PED Products . Do that then WE SEE !
@102/Cedders_B: Livestrong isn't a research organisation. Read the website: "We look at the experiences of the cancer community, find problems and develop solutions".Whatever his cycling misdeeds, Armstrong is a cancer survivor and there is a lot to learn from that
Lance is a very unpleasant individual, not for his drug enhancement, but because of how he made other people's lives a misery. Btw, anyone suspicious of the Jamaican sprint team? There are a lot of clever scientists out there.....
@tinytim Looking at the last 5-7 yrs the blood passport has removed some of the excesses of the previous generation of rider. But, you continue to hear those in the know talking about "micro-dosing" and the next "THG" (i.e.untestable and or untraceable substance). Turning to your question, yes we should be worried, cycling is still disorganised and the pressure to win is v.high.
Great wind up post Adamski! However don't remember Didier Drogba or Luis Suarez ever taking anyone to court for accusing them of cheating. Or have they ever systematically set out to destroy the careers of those accusers. Us sports fans are indeed MUGS for taking it all so seriously. But nasty, arrogant bullies such as Armstrong always come out looking like the real Mugs. Poor old Lance eh!
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