This is just getting sad now. Defiant Lance has turned to Denial Lance, a man who oozes guilt like he used to ooze sweat while climbing Alpe d’Huez but who just won’t ’fess up and spit it all out.

Who, me? Naaaah, the whole world's got it all wrong. Pic: AP

To draw a parallel to a classic movie scene, Lance has become Monty Python’s Black Knight. He is on his knees, blood gushing from severed limbs with nothing left to fight with but his tongue. So he fights on with hollow words, even as the threat of perjury hangs over him.

If it wasn’t such a comical farce, it’d be downright pathetic. In fact, it is pathetic to see Lance now, each move now more aimless than the next. First he declines to fight USADA’s 1,000 pages worth of charges, yet still admits no guilt. Then he takes the title of Tour de France winner off his Twitter bio, yet still doesn’t ‘fess up to a thing.

It’s now gotten to the point where you’ve seriously got to wonder about the guy’s state of mind.

On the eve of Lance Armstrong’s first appearance at the Tour Down Under in early 2009, I wrote a fawning piece about how he was mad, but mad in a good way. I wrote, and please forgive me for quoting myself, that he was:

“mad enough to return to cycling and try to claim his eighth Tour de France title at the age of 37, that’s how mad. Mad enough to believe he can actually win the thing. Mad enough to be planning to wire himself up in the 2009 Tour, publish his blood tests online and freeze that same blood for the scrutiny of future generations of doubters. Mad enough to believe that your cancer journey doesn’t end when your doctor gives you the all clear. And mad enough to come all the way to a cycling backwater like Australia to get some early season race fitness into his legs - those same legs he’s kept in shape by chasing Hollywood’s starlets around. But do you know what really makes Lance Armstrong a basket case? His willingness to put everything on the line…

Lance will never be a person everyone loves. When you read his book It’s Not About the Bike, there’s an abrasive side to the bloke that emerges from between the lines and occasionally smacks you straight in the face. Lance can be prickly. Lance can be stubborn. Lance will tell people to ‘F’ off with only the slightest provocation…. But in a world where athletes talk in bland, rehearsed clichés and hollow old platitudes, Lance is out there riding his own race, telling it as he sees it, both for his own benefit and the benefit of the wider community.

We should all be so lucky to consider ourselves half as mad.

As you can see, when I called the guy mad in 2009, I meant inspirational mad, visionary mad, good mad. There’s more than a faint whiff now that the guy is bad mad, as in so deluded he has become unable to see past his own lies. I’m not alone in seeing it that way.

Yesterday I spoke to a gentleman by the name of Chris Golis, who specialises, among other things, in a condition called “corporate psychopathy”, a condition which he says is as common in sport as it is in the business world.

According to Chris Golis, the corporate psychopath is marked by their charm (Lance certainly ticks that box), their ability to deceive (another big tick) and wait for it, blaming others for their own mistakes (tick, tick, tick).

As Golis says, “the problem is that all these behaviours take time to recognise and often it is too late.” (Yet another big tick).

The corporate psychopath is often also into gambling and when you think about it, Lance is a classic gambler, even if he prefers to stake his own reputation rather than money. His attitude to drugs was a massive gamble, as was his desire to put his career on the line to make that comeback in 2009 aged 37.

Chris Golis says that around 15 per cent of the general population has a tendency towards being a bit of a psychopath. Half of that group, or around 7.5 per cent of the population “have no moral compass and are the ones who break the rules and hope they don’t get caught, bluffing their way through life”.

Tick, tick, tick, tick, tick.

Lance Armstrong has now been in such a prolonged state of denial that you wonder if he has the mental wherewithal to admit the truth.

His former team-mate Tyler Hamilton urged him to do so last week, saying it was not too late to cleanse his soul (even if his reputation will likely remain tarnished forever).

Couldn’t agree more. ‘Fess up Lance. Nobody needs a big, drawn-out explanation, they just want an admission. Suck it in, tell it straight and get on with your life with something approaching dignity before the time comes - and it’s coming fast - when even that is not an option.

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    • jb says:

      06:07am | 24/10/12

      Why would he fess up now when he can do it in a multimillion dollar book deal and spill the beans on everyone of those in the cycling game that are, have been and will be drug cheats. Really who cares, he’s still an inspiration as mad as that might sound but the drug bla bla comes as no surprise in that world.
      He may deny the cheating but the inspiration he gave through those years is undeniable…

    • Bill says:

      09:09am | 24/10/12

      “Inspiration he gave through those years is undeniable”? Well I am denying it right here, right now. It was hollow inspiration, false inspiration. He’s a c-h-e-a-t, and from that the guy has forfeited everything - inspiration, integrity. Douglas Mawson, Sally Pearson, Cadel Evans - these people are inspiring. Whacking a whole heap of gear into your system then jumping on a bike and claiming you’re a champion is not.

    • SZF says:

      09:21am | 24/10/12

      Was he inspirational? Absolutely, but with emphasis on the “was” - as in “before he was (finally) exposed as one of the most infamous cheats in sports history”.

      I imagine that there are plenty of people that were inspired by Lance Armstrong who are feeling deflated and betrayed by the guy. His life is defined by two things: Cancer Survivor, Champion Athlete. Half of that is now shown to be a lie.

    • Mike says:

      09:35am | 24/10/12

      So how much have you given to charity Bill? If Lance didnt cheat no one would have? Is that what your saying?
      Lance armstrong is the Greatest cheat of all time not the biggest not the worst. This to me is like finding out mother teresa was a crackhead, I would be shocked but it wouldn’t erase all the good she’s done. I think its only the cycling fans who are really angry and now they have Lance to solely blame of the collapse of their beloved sport.

    • Andrew says:

      11:14am | 24/10/12

      So the end justifys the means Mike, are u trying to say millions of dollars wouldnt have been raised for cancer if armstrong didnt exist, millions were raised before him and will be without him. He made millions himself off a lie, much of which should have went to other people who didnt cheat, he should be made to give any money back that he got directly though winning. The ironic thing is that the drugs most likely gave him the cancer in the first place, so do you reccommend more celebrities take drugs and get cancer so they can help raise money.

    • Mikey says:

      12:47pm | 24/10/12

      lol at andrew (Butthurt cycling fan)

      So what would have happened if Lance didnt exist as you seem to know everything including how lance got cancer.

    • Ogre says:

      12:53pm | 24/10/12

      In this drug riddled sport yes the end justifies the means. Better Lance then another cheat who wouldnt give squat to charity.

      But let me guess, without Lance cycling would have never had a drug problem. There were drug cheats before Lance and there will be drug cheats after Lance.

    • Bill says:

      02:00pm | 24/10/12

      If you really must know Mike, not that it is relevant to the argument, I give a few hundred dollars a year to charity. Small fries, yes, but I don’t earn a lot of money to begin with (and I earn that money through pure labour, no other means), and besides, I know that’s a few hundred dollars more given than a lot of people earning much more than me. Now, although the original point here was jb’s claim about the inspiration being undeniable, to which I said because Armstrong’s a cheat, he’s “inspiration” no longer stands, it is a good point you raise about charity. I can also say that there are now claims Armstrong actually gave to cancer sufferers/research as little as 10% of what Livestrong actually raised. So Armstrong could even be dodgy on the whole charity thing as well. I’ll also proffer, cynic that I am, that Armstrong only started Livestrong as a) a red herring and b) to ease his own conscience and c) as a kind of moral insurance in case he ever got busted. It’s exactly the same as the all-to-common stereotype of the corrupt individual - poliitician, businessman, priest etc - who plays the role of pillar of society…

    • Mick says:

      04:24pm | 24/10/12

      Thats still 50mil Directly to charity Bill, Also LiveStrong is a business just like oxfam and all those other big charaties and I always hear that as little as 8 percent goes to the needy and the rest is admin costs, promotions etc etc. So please take your misinformation elsewhere.

    • Cynical Mike says:

      04:30pm | 24/10/12

      Also Bill plz name some other pollies athletes or actors who have actualy started their own charity or at least really put an effort towards one?
      Lance raised half a billion,  lets say 100mill is the entry level, Ill go first. Oprah and Bill Gates. any others?
      Oh he did it because he was feeling guilty, gee I wish every famous athlete who got away with cheating felt they had to raise hundreds of millions of dollars to make up for it.

    • Super D says:

      06:11am | 24/10/12

      If Armstrong doesn’t grant the media a tell all and doesn’t write a book to assuage his guilt I will be quite impressed.

    • Audra Blue says:

      01:09pm | 24/10/12

      What’s the bet he does both but still doesn’t admit his guilt?

    • Fiddler says:

      06:27am | 24/10/12

      I used to work with a guy who had to drop out of competitive cycling due to injury. He assured me that “everyone” was using and that the human body can’t repair itself quickly enough in order to be able to train enough to become competitive and that there are plenty of ways to avoid the tests.

      He was a bit of a bullshit artist though

    • Hmmm... says:

      11:12am | 24/10/12

      My boyfriend was in that world and many of his friends were, or still are.  Many people definitely use, some are very iffy, but there are some who most definitely don’t.  For example, Cadel Evans is known in that world as a “cleanskin” due to the fact that he’s never been a user.  My boyfriend definitely didn’t use and he was competitive.  It is possible, just harder.

      Look, Le Tour is a hideously difficult thing to achieve and doing it at all is an achievement in itself.  But taking drugs that refresh you when others you are racing against don’t have that advantage is wrong and unfair.  I hope this scandal has the effect of encouraging them all to wipe the sport clean. 

      The most shocking thing to me is the pressure that was/is exerted on younger, junior guys breaking into big teams, where they were told they had to use or they couldn’t be in the team.  That is truly awful. 

      Oh and incidentally I find it interesting that apparently Nadal had test results from the same infamous Spanish doctor as Tyler etc., but because they were only looking at cycling, nothing ever came of it?  Looks like cycling isn’t the only dirty sport out there (surprise, surprise).

    • acotrel says:

      06:34am | 24/10/12

      Metoprolol is used to control adrenalin release by controlling the way stress affects the pancreas. It is included in the Australian Institute of Sport’s list which motor sport controlling bodies use to moderate their serfs .  Is this also an example of ‘a performance enhancing drug’ ?  Where does this drug use stuff start and finish ?

    • Phil says:

      08:29am | 24/10/12

      I am on those they are commonly known as Beta Blockers. They are banned in all sports as they control your heart rate. I am not sure about the adrenalin, but I monitor my heart rate when training and or competing, which I got a special dispensation for as its not my performance that affects the team.
      In my opinion a cortisone injection is the most performance enhancing drug yet, as without it most wouldnt take the field/track etc.
      Back to Lance, I dont know whether he cheated or not, as the Spaniard Miguel Indurian has come out in support of him. The media need events like this to get readership/comments etc. They will keep hounding him just like they hound others, but never will they go after people who should really be in jail, as its easier for the soft touches.
      In my books Lance is a champion not for his cycling achievements but for his cancer fighting, for the motivation he gave to so many. I have no doubt he will bounce back. I cannot see a confession any time soon. He may be generically blessed like they say Richie McKaw is where he doesnt get tired. Now in my books Richie is the greatest player to don a rugby jersey but also the greatest cheat at the breakdown.
      All the media is doing is killing a person.
      I wonder what Ant Sharwood and all the other people on his bandwagon have ever done for charity. What foundations have the established, what monies have they raised for others.
      From my limited knowledge Lance does not draw money/wages from Livestrong. He may have received royalties from sales of items I dont know. I stand corrected on this point.
      Its the same with attacks on Tony Abbott for being a misogynist. The media dont check that last year he raised on the pollie pedal $ 140,000 for a bashed womens refuge in Manly, or runs marathons raising money for the McGrath Foundation, all evens he does not try to politicise, whilst still going about his other duties.
      I am sick to death of people bagging others with half the details. I have not read the dossier on Lance, nor will I for now.

    • Mahhrat says:

      06:42am | 24/10/12

      Sorry, Ant, you’re wrong.

      The man has the right to protest his innocence.  He owes us no such schadenfraude.  The only reason you want him to “come clean” is so you can indulge your self-righteous indignation at being hoodwinked for so long by a cheat.

      He has no obligation to give you that satisfaction.  Perhaps I’m more immune since I don’t much care for cycling as a sport, but what you’re asking him for is just silly.  Move on.

    • SM says:

      09:35am | 24/10/12

      I don’t think Ant’s asking for it for his own good, but rather for Armstrong’s own wellbeing

    • Mahhrat says:

      10:10am | 24/10/12

      @SM:  Does a professional athlete, with all the resources at his disposal, need that sort of advice?  I would certainly hope not.

      Of course, if he has been cheating, he’s very good at not listening to smart people anyway.

    • Lukew says:

      10:48am | 24/10/12

      I agree with you Mahhrat and have long thought that there are no positive outcomes from this exercise, unless of course you are a journalist who are the only winners.  The losers are the cancer foundations and those people who used the Armstrong story as inspiration to overcome their own problems, not to mention the sport itself.  The legend far outweighs the person and the person might be getting away with being dishonest, but so what.  If he is guilty he will forever carry the demons of that guilt, made worse by any adulation.  My view would be to let sleeping dogs lie and concentrate on the future.

    • Matt says:

      11:00am | 24/10/12

      Agreed Mahhrat.. And as for SM, you really think Ant is concerned about Armstrong’s wellbeing? 

      I also don’t care that he cheated.  Personally, his actions off the race course far outweigh him cheating in some stupid bike race..  Yes it’s the Toue de France, but seriously, it’s just a race.  The work he’s done for cancer research far outweighs anything else.

    • Susi says:

      11:18am | 24/10/12

      Matt etc, the thing is, he didn’t “just” cheat, he bullied other people and ruined their careers because they came clean about cheating.  He engaged in some very very nasty behavior to protect himself and his own cheating.  Yes, he has a great charity, and that can never be taken away from him, but he has caused a huge amount of damage to many people, and to the sport itself - one only needs to look at Rabobank, a 17 year supporter of a major cycling team, pulling its support of cycling this week.  I think admission of guilt and an apology is a necessary step before the sport can begin to heal.

    • Traxster says:

      11:23am | 24/10/12

      Yeah, you’re right Mahhrat, we already know he dunnit
      so whatever he says is irrelevant.

    • Andrew says:

      11:28am | 24/10/12

      Wow guys, so he gave himself cancer and cheated his way to 7 titles and it doesnt matter because hes done good work for cancer. I dont think you guys realise how big the tour de France is in europe, he has made millions from this, people look up to him. Do you honestly believe most of that money wouldnt have been raised anyway. What your saying is if you cheat and lie to win, as long as you do something good from your ill gotten fame and fortune it doesnt matter. Great thinking that. I bet if a league,afl,soccor player that you hate led his side to seven premierships in a row with dominating performances, was later found to be on drugs you wouldnt be so forgiving no matter what charity work they done.

    • Bomb78 says:

      12:03pm | 24/10/12

      Yes Mahhrat, he has the right to protest his innocence, but by not contesting the evidence, he has waived that right.

    • BJA says:

      01:23pm | 24/10/12

      “Andrew says:11:28am | 24/10/12

      Wow guys, so he gave himself cancer”

      That’s one of the grubbiest things i’ve ever read on this site.

    • Mahhrat says:

      01:45pm | 24/10/12

      @Bomb78:  I can’t agree with that.

      You must always have the right to remain silent and not be judged on that silence.

      A court might say he’s guilty, and guilty he will be, but he need never “admit” to anything.

      We’ve seen so many faux apologies lately - I use Tiger Woods as exhibit A.  Should Lance be repentant?  Of course; he cheated.  Thing is, he cheated!  Why would he be repentant?

      I’d much rather he stay true to his character and go down swinging, than try to defend the indefensible and look like even more of a muppet.  At least in this way, the furore will die off a little sooner and hopefully the charities that trade on his name might survive in some kind of meaningful capacity.

    • eggpeg says:

      01:52pm | 24/10/12

      Andrew - “I bet if a league,afl,soccor player that you hate led his side to seven premierships in a row with dominating performances, was later found to be on drugs you wouldnt be so forgiving no matter what charity work they done.”

      In that case, it seems the status quo is to make them an “Immortal”.

    • Dylan Hartland says:

      06:43am | 24/10/12

      Great article but use spell check next time!

    • che says:

      08:45am | 24/10/12

      I personally like the word ‘demail’, I am going to use it in a conversation today.

    • Miles Heffernan says:

      06:47am | 24/10/12

      Shutting up because of fraud and drug trafficking charges, perjury, paying back an angry insurance company or the peace of mind that comes with being honest.

      Talk about Sophie’s choice (oops drama reference in sports piece) - soz.

    • Chucker says:

      07:02am | 24/10/12

      From what I understand, if Armstrong “fesses up” , he essentially announces to the world ” Sue me” and will mark the beginning of a plethora of law suits from aggrieved ex-competitors, sporting bodies, sponsors, publishers and Livestrong donors for which there will be no defence .
      AS, if you want someone to fess up, why not demand that poor apology of a PM to tell the truth and detail her involvement in disposing of her predecessor and how she “stitched him up”, what has been paid and offered ( incl future promised benefits) by her government to Peter Slipper to defect   or how much money the ALP is spending on their PR campaign to denigrate the leader of the Opposition as a woman-hater

    • Pete says:

      07:26am | 24/10/12

      Chucker you’re not corporate psychopath are you… marked by your charm, an ability to deceive and your blaming of others for the mistakes of the your leader…actually all you lack is the charm bit

    • acotrel says:

      07:42am | 24/10/12

      How would it be if the misogynist stood up in parliament and apologised for being perceived as such.  If he promised to change, he might earn some brownie points.  As it is he looks as though he won’t accept the criticism, and certainly won’t stand corrected. - He is an arrogant little bastard !

    • Evie says:

      08:13am | 24/10/12

      @acotrel….The misogynist you refer to, is that the same one who, as President of the students union, approved a pamphlet that called married women prostitutes because they chose/took ‘security and the easy life option’
      Also you seemed to have missed the letter s off one of your words.

    • Fiddler says:

      08:23am | 24/10/12

      funny how she calls married women prostitutes and then roots a number of married men.

    • Bear says:

      08:52am | 24/10/12

      @fiddler where did you hear that? Akerman? Most likely bs but in any case Abbott is absolved of being an asshole at uni so don’t see why gillard isn’t for something she may or may not have said High School! Yes! An Armstrong story is a “Gillard is a bitch story”!

    • Evie says:

      09:07am | 24/10/12

      Hey @ Bear…your mate acotrel opened the door on Gillard. Your comment proves you Labor types do have your eyes closed.
      Spend some worthwhile time researching before you “most likely’ pass judgement

    • Bear says:

      09:30am | 24/10/12

      @evie Research? I don’t call right wing innuendo and bs research. Looks to me chucker started this thread. Far from research, looks like you can’t even read.

    • Bill says:

      09:54am | 24/10/12

      Only acotrol could use an article about doping in sport and make a comment bashing Tony Abbott.

    • Caedrel says:

      10:58am | 24/10/12

      @Evie & Bill - fair go, guys, acotrel was replying to Chucker, who was first with the political bashing. I have little doubt that acotrel would have been equally happy starting it himself, but let’s deal with the facts of this particular instance, ok?

    • P. Walker says:

      03:41pm | 24/10/12

      Didn’t take you too long to get that muscle twitching again Benalla Man did it?  At least you stopped using his name for a while; although I bet you had your hand on it wink

      ....and Yes Evie, she’s a beauty, aint she, a real first class woman. 

      Whats the name for a woman who despises married women, but partakes of their husbands?  Perhaps I’m thinking of another word for that…

    • Bazza says:

      07:31am | 24/10/12

      “Sad that Lance is still in denial”
      Written by a journalist who, at the first sign of someone critiquing his ramblings, GOES DIRECTLY INTO DENIAL. Has even been known to spit the dummy.
      Lance deserves to lose whatever he won, unfortunately there is no CLEAN cyclist to accept the titles. I guess that says he was still the best, albeit the best of a crooked bunch.
      Now that Armstrong has been flicked by his Charity a journalist not in denial can step up the plate and raise another half a billion

    • John says:

      08:40am | 24/10/12

      “there is no CLEAN cyclist to accept the titles”

      There’s always our Cadel.

    • Bazza says:

      09:00am | 24/10/12

      @John.when Armstrong was winning his titles Cadel was too far down the finishing order or not in the race.

    • Ogre says:

      09:46am | 24/10/12

      I wonder how much money would have been raised for a charity if even our cadel was the 7 time champion. Are there ANY athletes or actors who have raised this much?I know Bill gates was a massive giver to charity, LiveAid is good but what else? Angelina adopted african kids so did madonna.. No excuse for cheating fair enough but this execution by media is getting ridiculous.

    • master says:

      10:27am | 24/10/12

      Bill Gates was/is a massive donator to eugenicists. His “depopulation” speech on crisis in Africa bordered on disgusting.

    • Kath says:

      10:34am | 24/10/12

      Yes, but where did that money go? I think you’ll find that it DID NOT go towards cancer research but towards ‘cancer awareness’, corporate salaries etc.

      Funnily enough, I was already ‘aware’ of cancer prior to Lance’s charity and I have become increasingly uncomfortable with the way he has used his charity as a shield against those who would question his drug use.

    • Susi says:

      11:29am | 24/10/12

      True Bazza, but it’s still messy because he was apparently on more drugs and in a more organised, systematic way.  Plus he bullied others, ruined careers, etc.  Not exactly a shining knight of the sport!  Kudos on his charity work though for sure.

      Master, you are an idiot.  Eugenics???  Bill Gates, who runs and donates to one of the biggest, most progressive charities in the world, gave a speech about improving education and raising health standards in countries like Africa so that the population would naturally fall.  The reasoning behind this is that with education, and a higher survival rate for their children, people would be less inclined to have 15 or so kids due to their belief that if they have that many, a few are bound to survive.  This decline in population would mean that people are better able to feed, educate, provide medical aid to, etc their families, and that there are more resources to go around, and also that those resources are used more sustainably.  All of this is better for those communities.  Overpopulation is one of the most significant problems facing the world today and Bill Gates is one of the few leaders out there to address it.  Bill Gates is a visionary.  You are a twit.

    • Kath says:

      03:47pm | 24/10/12

      Arrgh! The Bill Gates eugenics bollocks again…

      I have lost count of the number of times I have had to refute this ridiculous argument. Bill Gates mentioned vaccines in the context of population and all the conspiracy theorist/anti-vacc nutters went CRAZY.

      Over-population is killing Africa for the simply reason that people keep having 10 kids each because they are not confident that enough will survive to adulthood.

      Each famine means the deaths of many of these kids, not to mention from polio and all the other diseases that we in the West have been freed from for decades.

      Gates’ point was that if parents could have the confidence that their children would survive (i.e. through childhood immunisations against common diseases), we wouldn’t be seeing these tragedies over and over again.. and people wouldn’t need to keep having kids that they can’t afford to feed… only to watch them die.

      You idiots with your moronic ‘eugenics’ arguments give me the shits. Why don’t you actually study some of the FACTS concerning international development before you jump to your ignorant conclusions??

    • gof says:

      07:37am | 24/10/12

      I really don’t give a rats if he says he did it or not. All I know is that there is one less cyclist on the roads and that is a good thing, No, a great thing.

    • Anna C says:

      08:12am | 24/10/12

      If you ask me all cyclists were /are doping not just Lance Armstrong.  I doubt there is a single cyclist who is ‘clean’.  Regardless Lance Armstrong managed to win 7 straight Tour de Frances.  Not an easy feat.  I still think he is a superior athlete regardless of these accusationsand I don’t even care for cycling (I think it’s boring to watch).  I think everyone is just jealous.

    • Jay2 says:

      09:29am | 24/10/12

      I agree in part Anna. I think Lance Armstrong is the tip of the iceberg in cycling, but he has become the sport’s whipping boy. It will be interesting if the same people who are involved in bringing “justice” persue others (including other nationalities)  with such keen ‘rigour’.

      I know a man who feels Lance was key to his survival of aggressive testicular cancer, regardless of the cycling allegations/findings.  The fact that Lance could insprie that, that I admire.

    • Jono says:

      09:55am | 24/10/12

      No, he can no longer be regarded as objectively better than anyone but the other riders who participated in the same doping program as him.  Cheating is now the only thing Lance Armstrong was ever the best at.

    • Lucas says:

      10:08am | 24/10/12

      Yes, the Armstrong affair to me shows the sport of cycling as the main villian. Armstrong was just investigated a lot more and eventually found out becuase he was the fastest of the performance enhanced riders.

      He is still a champion in my books, because it is not like he is the only one.

      The good thing is that cycling appears to have cleaned up is act based on slower average speeds throughout grand tours in recent years and the much more vigorous biological passport system that is analysed today and kept for future analysis.

      The lines between performance enhancing cheat and pushing the body beyond it’s natural limit are very blurred though. The sporting body will say “these things are illegal” and then even the clean athlete will use every supplement not on the banned list to try to gain an advantage. I remember vividly Maurice Green the 100m sprinter laying all of his performance enhancing but legal supplements out on the track in a documentary and it was astounding.

    • Traxster says:

      11:30am | 24/10/12

      Hey Anna C…...........
      you’re not wrong !!

    • DHT says:

      01:25pm | 24/10/12

      Yeh, jealous of a drug cheat. Right, whatever you say.

    • pete says:

      08:20am | 24/10/12

      Why should anyone be taking advice from Tyler Hamilton? He’s hardly a bastion of truth, he’s merely a weasel realising his final revenue stream.

      I can understand why Armstrong would never say a word, I certainly wouldn’t, not when this is a cycling way of life back to the 50’s. He’s been stripped of all his titles yet look down the TDF winners list for the past 60 years and see how many have tested positive, admitted doping or have clouds over them. Two of the five time winners are known dopers and the other two are sus.

    • Elphaba says:

      08:22am | 24/10/12

      I don’t see how it’s our problem.  If Lance wants to continue to protest his innocence, and the cycling body is confident in their ruling, then who cares?  They’ve taken care of it, it’s done.

      People can make up their own mind.  If some wish to support him, then no amount of admitting to is will change their mind.  Likewise, no amount of protesting his innocence will turn back some who have felt gipped by him.

      It’s his problem, let him deal with it.  I don’t see why you need the validation of him admitting to it.

    • Parky says:

      08:52am | 24/10/12

      Yes but he was great in the Dodgeball movie. truly inspirational and quite possibly his best drug free moment

    • Bear says:

      08:54am | 24/10/12

      Unlike the avg rider he has far too much coin to lose by doing so. So it won’t happen.

    • Weary says:

      09:13am | 24/10/12

      Good to see a celebrity returning to good, old-fashioned drug addiction instead of jumping on that sex addict bandwagon.  Hurrah!

    • DD says:

      09:35am | 24/10/12

      *shrug* Maybe he didn’t do it.  Just because I pick a random commentator from this thread, and get five or ten ‘witnesses’ to swear black and blue that they’ve seen that person snorting lines off the naked back of a 76 year old nun doesn’t mean it’s true.

    • Andrew says:

      11:42am | 24/10/12

      Yeah, but if you get a “witness” who didnt see anything but heard from someone who heard from someone else that Tony Abbott punched a wall then we all know its true, isnt that right lefties.

    • Gregg says:

      09:57am | 24/10/12

      Whatever the full truth, there could be a ripper film or even a TV series to be made that would make JR in Dallas look like a Sunday School teacher.

    • AR says:

      10:36am | 24/10/12

      He can’t go on record anywhere and admit he used doping techniques as he has previously stated in recorded depositions for other civil cases that he didn’t dope. If he concedes guilt now he could be tried for perjury according to US law

    • Tango says:

      10:52am | 24/10/12

      Given the very high likelihood that all the top 40 or 50 cyclists were using drugs, why strip him of his titles. He beat them fair and square on a level playing field. I just can’t wait for this year’s winner to be found out. That will be the end of the Tour.

    • Andrew says:

      11:08am | 24/10/12

      So the winner was the guy that came 51st and wasnt on drugs, what the F^%$ are you on about.

    • Harry says:

      02:11pm | 24/10/12

      It wasn’t a level playing field. Not everybody doped, and not doping regimes were equal. Plus, it’s no justification.

    • Mollybendium says:

      11:13am | 24/10/12

      You couldn’t make up a better name for a sportsman than “Lance Armstrong”.  It’s the Dirk Diggler name equivalent for sports.
      Who cares about the cycling, or giving of ill gotten gains, or cancer survivorship, etc.?  They’re all done by lots of other people.

    • Traxster says:

      11:40am | 24/10/12

      I look forward to the day when the UCI puts Lance Armstrong in charge of it’s new Anti-Doping Squad.
      I mean he probably knows more about doping ,anti or otherwise, than most people….........right ?

    • Stephen says:

      11:40am | 24/10/12

      If I cheat on tax returns, horse racing, casino gambling or government payments, I go to gaol.

      Whats the difference between that form of cheating, and Liar Lance’s variant?

    • Squirrel! says:

      12:24pm | 24/10/12

      Jeez Ant, you way you keep banging on about this, anybody would think your were a spurned lover ! Do us all a favour and find another male athlete to man-crush asap ! I hear Tiger is on the rebound at the moment ...

    • Faith says:

      01:38pm | 24/10/12

      Don’t know if the question gas already been asked, but why has it taken so long for him to be exposed as a drug cheat?
      Did he hood wink all the experts for so many years that he is far more intelligent at hiding his drug use, and now they want to out him as a cheat?
      Again, I find the whole drama quite bizarre, as he must have controlled all the people around him from competitors to authorities and surely he has a chemical engineer degree that he was able to hide illigeal substances from being detected?
      Or is it that because he was so good, focused on winning to the point of arrogance that he just made people hate him with his singleminded vision and ambition?
      My question though is why has it taken over 10 years and 7 titles + all the other medals to catch him now? Where were all these yellow bellies back then who should have called him out for being a cheat? Why now?
      All well and good to all gang up on him like a pack of bullies.
      Drug cheats and any drug addict makes me furious, but I am yet to be convinced of all the wrongdoings that Armstrong has alleged to have done.
      There have been worse people in this world that have been forgiven for worse crimes than him, and he brought attention to a little talked about illness that men are affected with, surely he should be cut some slack?
      But once again, it makes a great story for this sick media to feed to an even sicker society.

    • Joel says:

      04:03pm | 24/10/12

      Faith, research into “Proposition 29”, pay particular attention to the dates.
      You may then work out where pressure and money came from to bring this wrath down on him.

    • Steve says:

      03:45pm | 24/10/12

      There is only one Truth that needs to be known. Sport is pointless. At best it’s light entertainment, at worst a complete waste of time. We shouldn’t waste time, money, exposure, energy or space idolising and promoting atheletes. They are not heroes. If no attention had been wasted on Lance, the fact that he cheated at riding a bike would have been meaningless. Because being good at riding a bike is meaningless. Because sport is meaningless.

    • Dennis Poole says:

      03:50pm | 24/10/12

      I would like to know, how come all those who have now confessed to taking drugs at the same time as Lance Armstrong are not being stripped of their achievements and bonuses and banned for life as well This smacks of a witch hunt.. So it is OK to chuck the accusations around when he has not failed a drugs test when winning all those races, so are his Doctors so clever or are the officials corrupt as well. Will we ever know. If he believes he is clear, why the hell would you confess to anything.

    • Kaz says:

      04:01pm | 24/10/12

      Let’s not forget that there are tax benefits in setting up a charity. I am always weary of people who earn ridiculous amounts of $$ and then set up a charity- known as social entrepreism ( improves the image- giving back to the community to justify the huge amounts of $ they earn). Banks do this very well.

    • ryan says:

      04:18pm | 24/10/12

      You actually used the word ‘gotten’? I can’t get a job in journalism and you’re writing like this. Jay-sus.

    • Gaye Englund says:

      05:38pm | 24/10/12

      Lance Armstrong not only set up a charity that has raised nearly $500 million for cancer, uses 85% of its incoming funds for this purpose (very efficient) and helped more than 2 million cancer sufferers worldwide - he has personally visited, written emails and advocated for many many grateful people. Cycling is just a game - and obviously not a very well organised one as far as drug testing goes - its just a part of the person that is Lance Armstrong. Why not a more balanced article if you want to expose him as a psychopath? in fact,  I would like to apologise to Lance for the unbalanced witch hunt he is experiencing right now.

    • Jay2 says:

      05:52pm | 24/10/12

      If I knew Lance, I’d be telling him to say zip until everybody else steps up and cleanses their collective soul, which ain’t gonna happen.


      A witch hunt, yes in a way, because I think Lance’s abrasive and prickly nature, along with his success, made him hated by many. Some of the commentary would have one believe they would settle for nothing less than this man’s death, quite nasty stuff.

      I think he was a drug cheat, but I think he still won amongst a field of largely like minded competitors and MANY of them should be thoroughly investigated with same amount of relentless vigour and resources as International Cyling Union’s special agent Novitzy did with Lance.

 

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