Did we have to know? That’s the question I’ve toiled with over the past few months.

The fairytale is over… Photo: Herald Sun

Now before you start punching punchers and furiously slamming down your fingers on the keyboard as you belt out your most brutal comments in reply – do me a favour and read right to the end, as I mentioned I’ve toiled with this question for some time.

A massive cycling fan, I’ve battled insomnia every July to stay up until the early hours of the morning watching this race.

I’ve followed the team movements throughout the year and gazed with awe, interest and excitement the different stages of the grand tours and classics throughout the European cycling season. Hell I spent my honeymoon following the Tour de France throughout the final 10 stages.

I too climbed up the Pyrenees, waited by the side of the road in extreme conditions and next to some very crazy French and Norwegian fans just to come within an inch of my heroes as they push past the pain barrier, so clearly caught in a hurt locker which has no key, their muscles fatiguing, skin sweating but mind so determined to power up the most torturous climbs the race has seen. I love this sport, there’s no denying it.

But this issue at hand – is not about the bike.

At first this week as the US Anti-Doping Agency’s evidence started haemorrhaging into the public domain, I questioned why we had to know this. I wasn’t sticking my head in the sand, wasn’t putting my fingers in my ears singing loudly as commentators, fans and the confessing riders were explaining their actions. I simply felt there was too much at stake.

Lance Armstrong had become bigger than just the rider. He had become a figure of hope, a hero of great courage and strength, a symbol that the impossible is never out of reach. Not just in cycling, sport nor in the Tour de France, but when handed a death notice, told you have months to live, told you have Cancer.

The hope that man gave to millions across the world is undeniable. Lance himself was told he had months to live, he was diagnosed in 1996 with testicular cancer which had spread to his lungs, abdomen and brain. He was given less than a 40% survival chance.

Yet he not only lived but he competed and then went on to do what no one had ever done before – he won the world’s most gruelling race, not once but 7 times. He defied doctors’ beliefs and rewrote medical textbooks.

Sounds good to be true doesn’t it? We thought it, everyone thought it, but we loved the idea of it, we were engulfed in the fairytale. We too wanted to prove people wrong and defy expectations in our own lives. That story became folklore, history, it was a privilege to be living and witnessing it in our lifetime.

A friend of mine was given a similar diagnosis – cancer and less than a year to grace this earth. It was Lance’s books and story that gave him something he believed to be stronger than the advice of doctors, of medicine and science – hope.

It was dangerous to take that away from the public. It was enough to make even the most upbeat optimist question every other miracle story ever heard. Yes it’s not in the nature of sport, yes it goes against everything sport represents, but why demolish the only thing some people battling a cruel, painful war have, that hope and belief that if Lance can survive and go on to win that race 7 times, remission can one day be mine too.

I went from denial (often stating that a 2 year federal US Investigation into doping against Armstrong had been dropped in February this year, before a new investigation was taken up by USADA) to be “in denial”. If all the testimonies and affidavits were to be believed then the use of doping in cycling was so widespread, if you weren’t doing it, then you were the only one.

George Hincapie’s admission came as a massive shock to me. He was Lance’s right hand man and good friend throughout all his Tour de France wins. He was Cadel’s too with Team BMC in 2011.
In his affidavit to USADA he says “In 1995 there appeared to me to be a major change in the peloton. It was becoming very hard to keep up, and I learned the reason was the widespread use of erythropoietin (“EPO”)…around this time we got crushed in the Milan San Remo race and coming home from the race Lance Armstrong was very upset. As we drove home Lance said, in substance, that, “this is bullshit, people are using stuff” and “we are getting killed”. He said, in substance, that he didn’t want to be crushed anymore and something needed to be done. I understood that he meant the team needed to get on EPO.”

Doping was systemic in the sport. The level playing field wasn’t what was fair but unfair. That line that shouldn’t be crossed had been redirected to a whole new level. What are the rules when the majority are breaking them? I kept telling myself that it was a different time back then, the sport was at a different place. It’s changed now and we should leave the past as the past. A dark cloud would forever hang over it, yes, but there would be an unwritten recognition that that was what happened back then. Even this year’s Tour de France winner Bradley Wiggins told the media he was relieved he wasn’t caught up in that culture

“I was very fortunate that I was in a system in British Cycling that, regardless of what team I was in, they supported me with the right way to deal with it. They probably saved me otherwise it might have been me, who knows. The peer pressure was huge. But the culture has changed.”

But the more evidence I read, the more confessions I hear, the more the truth unravels - the more I am letting go of the fairytale. It’s not in the spirit of the game, it’s not what sport’s all about and nor cycling either.

The rumours and reputation of drugs in cycling have always haunted the sport, but this tragedy will now be the catalyst for change. It’s the sport’s big bang and global condemnation will force Cycling and its races to publicly change their way.

People always said Lance Armstrong was the best thing to happen to cycling. It is, but not because he won those 7 titles, but now because he lost them. UCI don’t stick your head in the sand any longer, do what you have to and don’t head to the Court of Arbitration for Sport. There’s a new generation of riders to embrace and a new era in the sport now heralded.

You know the sad thing? Lance did do an amazing thing. No amount of EPO and blood doping can make the average man on the street into a Tour de France champion. Not even a supreme athlete on drugs can be promised of that, able to survive such a punishing, relentless, grueling race for 21 stages.

He was special, he was “something else”, but he’ll forever be remembered as the biggest cheat world sport has ever seen. His legacy is now bloodied and muddied. Lance it’s time now for you to come clean.

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    • Andrei says:

      09:18am | 19/10/12

      Outting the truth is far better than hiding the secrets of a dirty past in ANY sport. Unfortunately, Lance Armstrong is the scapegoat at the “top of the pyramid” not just because he took EPO but becuase he was the best athlete amongst the many who were taking it. Lance was a winner for a few wrong reasons, but still a legend in my books for the right ones.

    • wolf says:

      09:43am | 19/10/12

      After reading much of the evidence presented by the USADA it paints the picture of a bully, a liar and a hypocrite. The only way Lance is a ‘winner’ is in the same way as Charlie Sheen, but at least Charlie was honest about it.
      Lance and his fanboys owe the whistleblowers that were hounded for years a serious apology.

    • Nilbog says:

      10:17am | 19/10/12

      It comes down to whether you value truth more than deceit…

    • dean says:

      10:31am | 19/10/12

      It is such a shame because the Lance Armstrong story was inspirational.

    • Fitter says:

      10:32am | 19/10/12

      A legend and a winner… no wrong. A cheat and a serial liar and a bully. I see no redeeming qualities in the man. He lied and cheated to make himself very rich and very famous, and destroyed the reputation of anyone who suggested he may be an,y or all of the above. The sporting version of Bernie Madoff…

    • Bear says:

      11:06am | 19/10/12

      Inspirational bullshit story so no dice.

    • darren says:

      11:11am | 19/10/12

      ICB : VandeVelde and Hamilton both had better testing numbers than Lance. He was the best doper. In a clean field Lance doesn’t make the top 20 at the TdF.

      Just ask Lemond.

    • Adelaide Hills says:

      04:23pm | 19/10/12

      Great piece.  Do we know if he actually had cancer?

    • Iyamwotiyam says:

      09:26am | 19/10/12

      “If it sounds to good to be true, it probably is.” 
      I have thought for years that all riders dope, stands to reason…..3.5 thousand kms in 21 days!!  On vitamin tablets and carrot juice!  Not possible without assistance.  Up steep inclines that would make some cars cough.
      I believe that none are doing it ‘au naturel’, they know they can’t compete honestly and have to take the happy juice or get a job. 
      I remember in the 50s or 60s an Olympic competitor (I think he was a Norwegian policeman) was caught drawing his own blood and re-injecting it before the race which he won, so it’s nothing new and not exclusive to cycling.
      The reason they dope is because there’s too much money in sport, all sports.  And yes, I believe the most recent winner of the TDF is also not clean.

    • Nick says:

      03:45pm | 19/10/12

      I know it’s hard to believe but I did years of four to seven hour training days on rolled oats, bread and rice, lean meat, fruit, and condiments. I was sponsored plus I worked nights as a fitness instructor.  I ate about 20,000 kilojoules per day and when I wasn’t on my bike, eating, or working, I was asleep. My VO2max was roughly 88, my body fat was below 3%, my resting pulse rate was below 40bpm, I thought nothing of riding 200kms through the mountains, I routinely did hilly 100km+ rides in well under 3 hours, and although I was a pretty good rider who finished top three at state and national level I was essentially a nobody.  Ultimately after a series of injuries, plus listening to the stories coming back from Europe, and the stories doing the rounds about the top performing Australian cyclists, I decided to complete a degree and get a normal job.

      What I’m trying to say is that, whilst only a blind moron in denial could have thought Armstrong was clean, for a trained cyclist to race the Tour clean is perfectly possible. Even I could have done it.

      Your last couple of points I agree with absolutely.  When a guy like Wiggins claims to be shocked, and the European peleton is devoid of outrage at having their arses whipped by a doper, and it’s been standard for years that riders submit to the medical program of the team without question or get sacked, and it’s common knowledge that “vitamin injections” is code for what ever it takes, and the president of the UCI says they shouldn’t do any more tests for CERA because enough people have been caught, and I could go on and on and on…then there’s little reason to think things are any better than they were.

    • Kika says:

      09:28am | 19/10/12

      And keep believing in Santa Claus too Sam. He’s not real and not believing in him certainly takes a lot of fun out of Christmas… but if you want to keep believing just for the sake of hope and goodwill, fine. You can. Your choice. Just don’t expect us to believe in him either.

    • Anubis says:

      09:30am | 19/10/12

      Big whoop - the goon can ride a bike, something I mastered at the age of 4. The fact that he needs to cheat by taking performance enhancing drugs is pathetic. The whole ‘sport’ of cycling is a ludicrous waste of time, money and effort. Cycling is a recreation and a means of transport.

      Basic care factor - meh

    • P. Darvio says:

      09:42am | 19/10/12

      I think Armstrong is a dope……and needs to inject some reality into his life….

      I think the past winners and place getters back to 2005 in the Tour de France should be stripped of their placing’s in the following fashion.

      Year 2005 – first 7 riders
      Year 2006 – first 4 riders
      Year 2007 – first 2 riders
      Year 2008 - first 2 riders
      Year 2009 – first 30 riders
      Year 2010 – first 26 riders
      Year 2012 – first 7 riders

      M’mmm – that’s interesting – that would make Cadel Evans winner of the Tour as additional 7 times – making a total of 8 Tour wins !!

      On a more serious note - one has to ask the question - why has it taken so long to expose this scandal – this is the Bernie Madoff of cycling – its not just Armstrong – what were the authorities doing?

    • BJA says:

      09:47am | 19/10/12

      Does anyone else find it distasteful that Lance is banned for life, but those who testified against him get away with a 6 month suspension? I concede they were stripped of their palmarès, but it seems grossly inadequate given they participated in the same systematic long term doping programs.

      Also, if anyone thinks the peleton is now clean is naive in the extreme. One only had to watch the Tour this year to be convinced of that. A team has not dominated a Tour in that fashion since USPS and Discovery.

      This scandal will change nothing. There was talk of a new clean era after the Festina affair, but it was the start of something far worse.

    • Greg says:

      11:12am | 19/10/12

      No natural progression and Britain’s excellent cycling program turned sky’s team of mostly plodders into champion bike riders overnight…........

    • darren says:

      11:16am | 19/10/12

      A 6 month suspension during the off season is light on. But I’d rather that and have the truth out. Who knows, had Lance co-operated he might not have got the life ban.
      Bear in mind though, he didn’t just dope. He encouraged others to do so, he bullied them to do so. He kicked them off the team if they didn’t dope to the level he wanted them to. He bullied and intimidated anyone who tried to break omerta. IMO that all deserves a life ban

    • BJA says:

      11:42am | 19/10/12

      darren says:11:16am | 19/10/12

      C’mon man, they knew exactly what they were doing, and to blame Lance for it all for a sweet deal is pathetic. I have more respect for a guy like Filippo Simeoni than George Hincapie. At least Simeoni didn’t wait until his career was over the tell the truth.

    • ramases says:

      09:48am | 19/10/12

      Everybody suspected Lance was a cheat from way back but its only now when the worms have turned that we are finding out the true expect of his and others doping regime. Add this to the list of other bikers who have been outed and its fairly plain to see that a good drug cheat will beat a straight athlete hands down.
      The damage down will take decades to fix and no winner in the immediate future will escape the public’s impression that he too is a cheat. As a sport the spectre of years of doubt will eventually lead to its demise and all because winning at all costs was put ahead of free and fair competing.
        To be truthful I have never been a follower of this sport and always viewed it as a maybe type of profession that relied more on drugs than it did on talent and unfortunately my fears have been confirmed.
        I’m not saying that other sports are cheat free as we have seen many “sportsmen and women” outed over the years for drug taking and enhancements. The list of sports is increasing day by day as the financial incentives become too great and athletes resort to methods other than talent to make the grade. Its a sad indictment of today’s society where winning is the be all and end all and sportsmanship is the loser.

    • Mack says:

      09:51am | 19/10/12

      I defy anyone to ride up those mountains.  Whether you’re on drugs or not, it takes a level of mental toughness most of us can only dream about.

    • Frank "Grimey" Grimes says:

      10:11am | 19/10/12

      Much tougher to do it without drugs though…

    • Homer says:

      11:04am | 19/10/12

      Do you still live above a bowling alley and below another bowling alley? “brr br br take me up to the ball game, take me up to the baaall. So, what’s doing grimey?”

    • Frank "Grimey" Grimes says:

      02:04pm | 19/10/12

      I’m dead, remember?

      You fell asleep at my funeral.

    • S.L says:

      09:53am | 19/10/12

      A bigger cheat than sub continental cricket teams? or the QLD/PNG/NZ/Northern NSW/Fijian State of Origin team? or a South American Soccer team?
      A BIG statement there Sammy!

    • MD says:

      11:25am | 19/10/12

      You forgot to list the NZSW Blues there champ.

    • S.L says:

      01:15pm | 19/10/12

      @MD…..But they don’t cheat!

    • V says:

      10:02am | 19/10/12

      Lance Armstrong was my idol not because he was a champion cyclist but because he was a survivor. 

      Even though he had doped, it is not easy to make a comeback from cancer and achieve so much!! So for that he would always remain my idol!

    • Sceptic says:

      01:42pm | 19/10/12

      In light of Armstrong’s wonderfully conspired drug use cover up, should we all now have another look and ask,  Did the Cancer really exist??

      Pretty conveinent to have some ‘cancer time’ so you can get your drug use right.

      Makes me sick to hear what Armstrong has done. Sick but not surprised (i have little faith in humanity, we continually screw things up for our own personal gain)

    • pete says:

      10:04am | 19/10/12

      I find the most sickening part how all the rats who rolled over on him are now being held up as beacons of truth and bullied victims.

      Oh yeah of course they were bullied into their million dollar contracts year after year, some of them even being busted along the way but continuing to deny they were drug cheats.

      Then the career is over and you need a new income, you’ve got a good story to tell - we’ll it’s time monetise your final asset, how you were a cheat all along and how you’ve got inside info on someone bigger than you. Here come the media, book sales and there will probably be speaking opportunities on your ‘redemption’ and telling kiddies where not to go wrong.

      And for the ones who are still riding, what’s the punishment? 6 month off season suspension before getting back to the big bucks.

    • Kev says:

      10:04am | 19/10/12

      I don’t think any amount of work Armstrong has done for cancer research and awareness can ever be used to justify a cover up the fact that he ran the most pervasive and successful doping program in the history of sport. Livestrong uses Armstrong’s story to inspire people. If you ignore the fact that he won the TDF 7 times by cheating then you are condoning it as well. I doubt he will but I hope he has enough honour to admit that what he did was wrong.

    • Tim the Toolman says:

      10:06am | 19/10/12

      Well, the good news is, it’s just bike riding.  It doesn’t matter that much.

    • Anjuli says:

      10:24am | 19/10/12

      @ Tim I think a lot of companies would beg to differ the amounts they pay in sponsorship runs into millions and millions. Maybe if they did a trial of cyclists ,one on the regime Lance was on ,the other only on good training and food then we would find the real answer by how much doping really helps.

    • Tim the Toolman says:

      11:03am | 19/10/12

      “@ Tim I think a lot of companies would beg to differ the amounts they pay in sponsorship runs into millions and millions.”

      Which people would have paid attention to back then, but would struggle to remember now based on association.  Little harm done to them, I would say.

    • Stan says:

      10:43am | 19/10/12

      Hardly any difference between our Julia and all the political parties.
      Lies-cheats and frauds as the main prerequisites to achieve their goal at any costs.

      The difference is in a mafiacray the mob and their cronies are untouchable under the own laws.

    • Bear says:

      11:12am | 19/10/12

      Completely different you moron. The parallel would gillard rigging the election many times over and bullying opponents into silence. No doubt you will say she’s done these things but it will be bullshit.

    • Dan says:

      12:19pm | 19/10/12

      There’s always a halfwit who has to bring current politics into discussions of a topic that is miles way. Stan, you are today’s halfwit. Actually, I suspect you are not confined to today.

    • Andrew says:

      01:22pm | 19/10/12

      Im not a gillard fan, but have to agree with Dan, your an idiot, it has nothing, absolutely nothing to do with politics.

    • Mark says:

      01:39pm | 19/10/12

      Comrate Tony said “S***t HAPPENS”  ....Hardly any difference !!!!

    • Paul says:

      10:45am | 19/10/12

      Where is the test proving that Armstrong used performance enhancing drugs or blood doping?????
      The only so called evidence is the massively tainted hearsay of convicted drug cheats who would say anything to get a lesser sentence

      Even the comment used in the article is an ASSUMPTION of what Armstrong meant
      “He said, in substance, that he didn’t want to be crushed anymore and something needed to be done. I understood that he meant the team needed to get on EPO.”

      That is NOT evidence and that statement would last 5 seconds in a proper court

      Not one single person has said they saw Armstrong using drugs
      Not one single person has said they supplied it to him.

      Up till now this has been nothing but a “kangaroo court” played out in the media by very ordinary journalists

      Until Armstrong admits to using drugs or blood doping there is no real specific evidence
      Until a blood test of Armstrong is shown to be positive there is no real evidence

      Until then Armstrong is INNOCENT until PROVEN guilty!

    • darren says:

      11:23am | 19/10/12

      catch up dude. Hamilton, Hincapie, Landis and others have all testified under oath that they witnessed Armstrong dope.

      His cortisone positive from ‘99 and 6 positive EPO samples from the same year say otherwise about ‘never testing positive’.

      Its alright, he’s just a bike rider. Life will go on. I mean you can always cheer for Wiggo, cos clean right? wink

    • Oliver says:

      11:26am | 19/10/12

      Keep the dream alive bro!

    • Ray says:

      12:59pm | 19/10/12

      Have you even READ the USADA report? Or just simply said “TLDR; he’s innocent because I think he is”?

    • darren says:

      11:08am | 19/10/12

      Sorry, couldn’t make it to the end. You lost me when you claimed surprise that that doping was rife in cycling. No real cycling fan would be surprised.

      Operation Puerto
      Festina Affair

      You should know these names/events and what they mean. But you claim surprise that the guy who beat them all was a cheat? That there was lots of doping in cycling?
      Stick to watching the scenery and Gabriel Gate.

    • beowulf says:

      12:20pm | 19/10/12

      My thoughts exactly.

      What I find interesting is how everybody says that PED testing is not that good in cycling, but look at that list, it has an awful lot of cyclists busted for doping. If we were to compare cycling to any other sport I would say that drug testing in cycling is doing a better job thatn most at catching cheats, though obviously it could be better.

      It never ceases to amaze me how discussion of PED’s very seldom rears its ugly head in tennis, AFL, soccer or basketball. I mean the Williams sisters went two whole years without being tested outside of competition! Could anybody imagine a cyclinst getting away with that?

    • Sam says:

      01:12pm | 19/10/12

      Never said that…not at all…have a re-read mate… oh and don’t go dissing Gabriel!

    • George says:

      11:30am | 19/10/12

      A sportsman with every incentive to win so he can make big bucks selling shit is on drugs! OMG!

    • Nikki says:

      11:31am | 19/10/12

      Nike should sue him for misrepresentation and get their $40 million back.

      Forty million dollars for riding a bike. FFS. And that’s just from one sponsor, god knows how much he got in total from everyone else.

      And Livestrong should really consider changing their name.

    • pete says:

      12:18pm | 19/10/12

      Guessing they’ll be accepting returns and giving refunds on all their gear too?

      Seriously, imagine how much Nike actually made off him.

    • James says:

      12:48pm | 19/10/12

      So livestrong should also give back the 500+ million dollars he raised?

    • James says:

      11:48am | 19/10/12

      He may or may not be a cheat, but he still rode those races and came back from cancer. I just love the armchair experts thinking (and saying) its a pice of cake to do what he did because of the alleged doping.

    • hermano says:

      01:05pm | 19/10/12

      Gees, it’s not alleged anymore.  It’s fact.
      Also fact is that he had the best drugs, the best dodgy doctors and the best doped-to-the-eyeballs team working for him.  The myth of the level playing field is a myth.  A myth, I say.

    • Rob Dub says:

      12:07pm | 19/10/12

      I suppose his victory against cancer was drug assisted too, the bloody cheat.

    • Andrew says:

      01:25pm | 19/10/12

      No, but the road to cancer proberly was.

    • P. Walker says:

      01:04pm | 19/10/12

      So Lance beat the other cheats to first place?
      Pretty sad but it does put Cadel Evans in a bad place now; how many cheats cycle the Tour de France?
      Who do we now believe?  The doctors ought to be strung up to dry also plus all the officials. 
      End the Tour de France and start somewhere else again!

    • Andrew says:

      01:27pm | 19/10/12

      Wow, great thinking that, if they start somewhere else they’ll still be cycling wont they?

    • Ingmar Peldt says:

      01:07pm | 19/10/12

      Battled insomnia to stay awake? That’s an interesting approach; rather more interesting than your article, in fact.

    • Sceptic says:

      01:53pm | 19/10/12

      Well put Ingmar,
      Hey Sam, let me get this right.
      If insomina means you can’t get to sleep, then battling insomnia means you’re trying to sleep?????
      So really you were embracing insomnia
      Just putting it out there.

    • Sam says:

      02:59pm | 19/10/12

      Well done guys… you really captured the essence of the article…

    • Craig says:

      01:15pm | 19/10/12

      The question I hear people asking is did Lance really have cancer, or was this faked as well?

      And if it were true, did the drugs contribute to it?

      I don’t know if the media are prepared to ask these questions yet, but we still don’t know how much of Lance Armstrong’s life was a lie.

    • Louisa says:

      01:25pm | 19/10/12

      I’ve wondered if he caused/contributed to his own cancer ever since the media storm started. If Armstrong was using EPO then it is not beyond the realms of possibility that it could have triggered his cancer. It is a hormone, and changes in hormone levels can stimulate the growth of cancer cells. It would be very ironic if that were the case.

    • Louisa says:

      01:18pm | 19/10/12

      I’ve always assumed that Armstrong was doping. Endemic cheating in cycling has be no secret for years. I have absolutely no interest in cycling and I knew about it. How could anyone who claims to be a fan of cycling not deeply suspect Armstrong’s involvement? Seriously, how?

    • Sam says:

      02:22pm | 19/10/12

      Hi Louisa, read the article…more to it than just that…

      “Sounds good to be true doesn’t it? We thought it, everyone thought it, but we loved the idea of it, we were engulfed in the fairytale. We too wanted to prove people wrong and defy expectations in our own lives. That story became folklore, history, it was a privilege to be living and witnessing it in our lifetime.”

    • Andrew says:

      01:29pm | 19/10/12

      Your kidding arnt you?, did he really have cancer? FFS. However I would say that there is a very strong chance the drugs contributed.

    • Blind leading the blind says:

      01:33pm | 19/10/12

      @Ingmar Peldt, lol, I was having a chuckle about that too….

    • Rose says:

      01:33pm | 19/10/12

      I heard a comedian comment yesterday that he remains a winner because they were all doped up. His comment was to the effect of “our roided up guy beat your roided up guy”. Interesting thought, were enough people using drugs that it was still a level playing field of sorts?
      Now the interesting thing I think is that in all fairness, so many competitors were doping that they would really have to wipe the placings of all the races over the ‘doping years’. Just cancel records and start again. I’d want all new governing bodies too, it sounds like it was a systematic rort which affected nearly every level of the sport, every team and every governing body. Even those that weren’t involved definitely knew something and turned a blind eye.
      There is so much more to this and I don’t think there’s many that will come out squeaky clean, but how far will the clean up go?

    • craig3 says:

      03:24pm | 19/10/12

      Ironically it’s the doped up comedians that are the most popular.

    • AMG says:

      02:28pm | 19/10/12

      Be careful watch you wish for. This Armstrong affair will likely bring down a whole lot of sportsmen and women including Aussies Sam Stosur. The links are quite clear in the USADA report….there if ever chance a significant portion of two decades of sport will be wiped from the record books.

    • Nick says:

      02:55pm | 19/10/12

      Actually I wish for that.  These drug pushing money laundering scum need to be exposed and so do their clients.  I don’t give a toss who they are or what their nationality is.  Follow the money and expose them.

    • P. Walker says:

      03:03pm | 19/10/12

      Perhaps on another note, maybe it should be open slather do whatever it takes to win, drugs race.  If they get testicular cancer, its on their heads.

    • Ayres Rock says:

      04:17pm | 19/10/12

      If he wasn’t such an arsehole, people would probably have let it slide.  He made too many enemies and is finally getting what he deserved.
      If he comes out and admits it, he will be charged with perjury (unless a back room deal is done) and will face jail time.

    • stephen says:

      05:59pm | 19/10/12

      If he’s guilty, so’s everyone else.
      Twenty years ago I was racing in the Canberra Milk race - a UCI event - and myself and about 8 others took a drug to compete with another team who we knew were on the ‘asthma spray’.
      (The only ones who weren’t were the mums waiting for their juniors to finish their sprint ... they were on gum only, probably laced with lamington.)

      Cycling’s a tough sport.
      Even the club riders can be known to partake, and I reckon if Lance does own up, it may trickle down, just like talent is supposed to.
      But it’s up to him ... if he’s such a leader as some say, let’s see if leading’s the same as following.

    • susie says:

      06:01pm | 19/10/12

      If the playing field is even only by virtue of the fact that everyone is doing it, then he is still the best of his group. His feats are by no means made less by the measures taken to achieve them because, as you say, it takes more than a man on illegal substances to win a Tour de France.

      There needs to be a reality check taken into account with regards to our world class athletes. The records they are chasing were made years ago (and replicated more recently) by people on steroids…. what then do they need to do to achieve the same records? Mimic the same behaviour.

      I think there should be less moral condemnation of people whose only goal is to be the best, when the only way to be the best is to cheat. With everyone else.


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