Case closed: Lance Armstrong doped

  • Article by: DALE McFEATTERS , Scripps Howard News Service
  • Updated: October 12, 2012 - 7:40 PM

Lance Armstrong turns out to be not just a world-class cyclist, but a world-class doper as well. And he was also, it appears, a world-class master at concealing his doping.

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hobie2Oct. 12, 1211:04 PM

It's like a trial - the prosecution laid out its case and the accused is guilty as H____. But by the time the defense lays out its case (and it will in time), you're not sure... If Armstrong is so smart that he put together this elaborate scheme with 40 people, kept it secret all those years, used methods of drugging and masking unknown to the huge staff of the US anti-drug organization, and defeated all the testing that was done to all the athletes on those teams for a decade while he was riding in all those competitions, we need to get him an office off the oval office - and let him head Mensa in his spare time... He might even replace the energizer bunny... I say we at least hire him to replace the head of the anti-drug organization - if what they say is true, they are incompetent and he can catch anybody

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westofmplsOct. 13, 12 9:11 AM

Remember Olympic athlete Marion Jones? She always said "I never failed a drug test" she didn't say "I never took performance enhancing drugs" - a big difference. At least she had the courage to come forward and tell the truth - returning her gold medals so they could be awarded to the rightful winner. I believe Armstrong cheated - so many people involved stayed quiet because they were all making money being part of the doped up USPS cycling team.

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kindaliberalOct. 13, 1211:07 AM

Basically, every Tour winner probably doped. I wonder about the "holier than thou" Lemond?

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teddygOct. 13, 12 5:35 PM

'Holier than thou' Lemond? What a laugh. Greg has been right from the very beginning ... saying the performance of the whole US Postal team was at odds with drug-free human performance. And what did he get for it? Armstrong arranged with Trek to dump Greg's bike line, Greg was blackballed by the US cycling broadcasting community and denied a logical source of income, and the Lance PR machine spread the word that Greg was an untrustworthy business partner. I glad he's getting the last laugh now.

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steavis61067Oct. 13, 1211:01 PM

Yep he passed 500-600 tests. Let me use an analogy. Microsoft and the various anti-virus companies employ hundreds of employees to stop hackers, yet a smart kid in his mom's basement still breaks in. I'm not downplaying his role in helping cancer survivors, but he was a smart kid who got caught.

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jimilakeOct. 14, 12 5:46 AM

I am pretty sure most people doped in that sport in that era. It does not make it right, but how much taxpayer money was spent on this witch hunt? How many cops could be on the street? I get it with corrupt politicians, but not with this. What is next, we drop $100M to figure out Tiger used roids when he was really big a few years ago?

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mouthymeOct. 14, 12 3:41 PM

17 of the last 33 Tour Winners are known to have "doped." Greg Lemond was not one of these. The problem with Armstrong goes way beyond doping. He's a bully who is out to break anyone who publishes the truth. He goes after the little people rather than publishers, and with superior capital via his foundation, he has indeed smothered his opponents, buying the courts. Floyd Landis had to pay up for telling the truth. Armstrong attacked his massage therapist by saying whe was a prostitute with a drinking problem. Journalists have been bullied and shamed into silence. But the tide has turned. The forces of truth have come out. Armstong will endure relentless coverage of the truth until he relents himself. If you feel strongly about this issue and want to help people speak truth to power, consider a donation ($1 minimum) to The Paul Kimmage Defense Fund, now at $80,000. go to www.nyvelocity.com ..... Paul Kimmage Defense Fund Thu, 09/20/2012 - 1:28pm by Andy Shen The UCI are taking Paul Kimmage to court for writing that they covered up a positive for Lance Armstrong (story on Velonation here). The same accusation is leveled by Hamilton and Coyle in The Secret Race, and will likely be further corroborated when USADA present their case against Armstrong. As David Walsh has pointed out, the UCI are vindictively suing only Kimmage and not the publications in which those accusations appeared (that includes us!). Our friends at Cyclismas.com and @Digger_forum have set up a Chipin for Kimmage's defense fund below.

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goldengoph3rOct. 14, 1211:15 PM

A few points. In terms of evidence, the USADA has a terrible case. Virtually all the witnesses are proven dopers who were given a break by the USADA to testify; the number of pages of testimony is irrelevant. If these riders participated in a massive, conspiratorial drug program with Armstrong, why was he not caught in the same net? Second, while there is physical evidence of Armstrong's teammates cheating, there is no physical evidence of Lance cheating. Has anyone asked why that is? Third, Armstrong has been hounded by French cycling officials for years, and even they don't wholeheartedly support the USADA's position. If this were a criminal case, it would have been tossed months ago. Verdict: author is wrong; defendant not guilty

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mproudOct. 15, 12 1:44 AM

I recently watched 9.79*, a very good film aired on ESPN Classic, and it touched on the drug problems that plagued track and field sprinters. Not much different in cycling, in that much of the problem went unseen for quite some time, until the medical technology with testing had finally advanced enough. Anyway, the film reminded me that sports is a business; people are primarily motivated by money. Just as we have corrupt politicans and businessmen, athletes will do whatever they can to keep competitive so they can keep receiving their paychecks and lucrative endorsements.

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songczarOct. 15, 1210:17 AM

I keep reading "USADA will strip Lance Armstrong of his seven Tour de France title", but it's important to note that the USADA does not have that power. The Tour is international, not US, look it up.

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