The media are still pretending that the west coast is 3 hours behind the east coast. Shhh. We’re not supposed to know this yet…
Yep, Lance was a doper. Which I could actually forgive (even though the seeking-Oprah’s-benediction thing is totally transparent), because the fact is the whole sport does it.
But Armstrong went out of his way to smear and try to destroy people who told the truth about him, and even won several large court judgments that we now know were obtained through fraud.
Some of those people are now suing him to get those judgments back. Floyd Landis has filed a federal whistle-blower suit against Armstrong for defrauding the US Post Office. His life has become … complex.
He’ll still come out of this with a lot of money, but nobody will ever forget the things he did to try to protect his kingdom of lies.
It’s also still a fact that he was an amazing cyclist, drugs or not. In a sport where — let’s face it — all the top athletes were doing everything they could to get a slight edge, Lance had much, much more than an edge.
On his best days, he dominated the field in a way very few cyclists ever have; the epic battles with Marco Pantani and Jan Ullrich, the time trials where he absolutely blew away the competition, the insane climbs in the Alps when he would get up on the pedals and dance, and just rocket away from the lead group like a cycling god.
But athletic talent and human decency don’t always correlate, and Lance Armstrong may be the prime example.
I can’t help wondering, though, if Sheryl Crow knew he was hitting the EPO.
I just bought the Kindle version of Tyler Hamilton’s book, and I’m sort of dreading it. A cyclist friend tells me it totally settles the issue of whether Armstrong was doping during his TdF wins, and not in Lance’s favor. This would not surprise me, but I have to admit I still had a tiny flame of hope that Armstrong really was a clean rider. And I’ll mourn the day that tiny flame is extinguished.
Good thing the same anti-doping standards were never applied to musicians. Jazz and rock would be nonexistent.
Even Lance Armstrong is cheesed off at the New York Times, after one of their patented guilt-by-association smear jobs: Armstrong blasts cycling-EPO report.
Lance Armstrong bristled Tuesday at a report that two former teammates admitted using performance-enhancing drugs, calling it “a hatchet job … to link me to doping through somebody else’s admission.”
Frankie Andreu and another former Armstrong teammate who requested anonymity because he still works in cycling told The New York Times they used the endurance-booster EPO to prepare for the 1999 Tour de France, when Armstrong won the first of his seven titles.
Neither rider has ever tested positive for performance-enhancing drugs and both said they never saw Armstrong take any banned substances.
“I think it’s a pretty nasty attempt by The New York Times to link me to doping through somebody else’s admission. You have to read way down in the article until Frankie says, ‘I never saw Lance do anything.’
”To me, this is a story about Frankie Andreu,“ Armstrong said during a telephone interview with The Associated Press from Los Angeles. ”The fact he took drugs has nothing to do with me.“
UPDATE at 9/12/06 6:17:05 pm:
And by the way, since we’re on the topic, here’s a random cycling question I’d like to throw out to anyone who might know: is there a good helmet-mount ”sport camera” (digital video) that works with Mac OS X? I’ve researched a bit, but nothing I’ve seen so far looks great…
Cycling phenomenon Lance Armstrong has been cleared of all doping charges, and the French national anti-doping laboratory may have violated the law in their quest to smear the American champion. (Hat tip: LGF readers.)
Dutch investigators cleared Lance Armstrong of doping in the 1999 Tour de France on Wednesday, and blamed anti-doping authorities for misconduct in dealing with the American cyclist.
A 132-page report recommended convening a tribunal to discuss possible legal and ethical violations by the World Anti-Doping Agency and to consider “appropriate sanctions to remedy the violations.” …
The International Cycling Union appointed Dutch lawyer Emile Vrijman last October to investigate the handling of urine tests from the 1999 Tour by the French national anti-doping laboratory, known by its French acronym LNDD. Vrijman said Wednesday his report “exonerates Lance Armstrong completely with respect to alleged use of doping in the 1999 Tour de France.” …
The report said WADA and the LNDD may have “behaved in ways that are completely inconsistent with the rules and regulations of international anti-doping control testing,” and may also have been against the law.