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08/23/2012

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Edwin_vane

Have you actually read his release? I didn't interpret it as an admission of guilt at all: http://lancearmstrong.com/news-events/lance-armstrongs-statement-of-august-23-2012

Bill

@Edwin I interpret his statement as "nolo contendre," which roughly means "I don't dispute." It's a legal term rather often used in the U.S. when someone can't challenge the facts, but doesn't want to plead guilty. It seems to me that courts treat it as a guilty plea -- there are fines or jail time -- but also, since the court is spared the expense of a trial and witnesses are spared having to testify, the accused tends to get a lighter punishment.

C. Beynon

It's been apparent to anyone who's followed the sport of cycling beyond what's been presented in the North American press that Lance's conduct over the years has been suspicious...But, frankly, he was no more suspicious than any of his contemporaries...

I don't think he was doing anything that any of the other top 20 cyclists in the world weren't doing as well...While that doesn't excuse cheating, I don't like the selective justice that's currently occurring...

How is it good for the sport that three of Armstrong's yellow jerseys will go to Jan Ullrich and another one will go to Ivan Basso...Both men were implicated and served suspensions as part of Operation Puerto and the only reason their TDF results are going to stand is their national governing bodies aren't digging into their pasts with the same vigor that the USADA is with Lance...

When 60 Minutes interviewed Tyler Hamilton about his history with doping, he said it was the "culture of the sport" at the time...That really was the case...The previous three TDF winners prior to Lance all have either admitted to or been implicated in drug scandals...It's widely believed that Indurain used drugs to win his five tours but back then the UCI refused to do blood tests so it's impossible to go back and see for sure...Even the great Eddy Merckx has admitted that he did drugs...Jacques Anquetil is legendary for his quote about not riding the Tour "on mineral water alone"...Riders have used crazy mixes of drugs to help them race since the dawn of the sport...

Lance Armstrong was the greatest tactician in the history of cycling...He knew how to win even when he wasn't the strongest rider in the peloton...Part of the game back then was secretive drug use...He was just as good at that aspect of cycling as everything else he did...He did what he had to do to win...He did what the winners before him did...He did what his fellow competitors did...He was no different than the other champions of his era or any other era for that matter...

I think cycling is better served by focusing on the current "culture of the sport" rather than trying to change it's past.

Andre

I believe Lance is innocent but just got tired of constantly defending himself. Has he ever failed a drug test? No, yet he's always under constant criticism. He is a role model for cyclists everywhere. Do you think you could live your life under the same scrutiny as he has without getting to the piont where you say the fight just isn't worth it anymore?
F*#k the titles! I still believe in you Lance.

Locklin

Seriously? Read this:
"If I thought for one moment that by participating in USADA’s process, I could confront these allegations in a fair setting and – once and for all – put these charges to rest, I would jump at the chance. But I refuse to participate in a process that is so one-sided and unfair. Regardless of what Travis Tygart says, there is zero physical evidence to support his outlandish and heinous claims. The only physical evidence here is the hundreds of controls I have passed with flying colors. I made myself available around the clock and around the world. In-competition. Out of competition. Blood. Urine. Whatever they asked for I provided. What is the point of all this testing if, in the end, USADA will not stand by it? "

What an irresponsible post Bill. He's endured this witch hunt for years. Standing up to these bullies, even if it means he legally loses his battle, is entirely justifiable, and is *not* a "you got me" admission.

Locklin

@C. Beynon, saying that "everyone does it" is not an excuse for suspending due process. "Everyone" speeds, but do you think it's a good idea for the police to just start mailing out traffic tickets indiscriminately? Would that make people start obeying traffic laws? Would that be more just?

People who have been caught deserve to be prosecuted. If cheaters are not caught, that is the fault of the authorities, and perhaps the community as a whole. It is never okay to just presume guilt -even if it's across the board. Doing so produces no good outcomes and a whack of bad ones -including this case of years of harassment.

Alan M

Lance has not been proven guilty. Indeed, WADA and UCI are on record as saying they didn't have evidence to proceed with charges. USADA has been playing a political intimidation game for some reason that's hard to fathom.

Not fighting the charges is not the same as admitting guilt, and until the charges are proven, Lance remains innocent of the charges.

JC

Locklin & Edwin, that's garbage. Notice that he never in his press release states "I didn't take any performance enhancing drugs" only "there's no proof" and "I've been unfairly targeted."

His point is that EVERYONE is doing it, and he's done it just as cunningly as everyone else, so it's unfair to set him apart for extra scrutiny.

I'm sure he paid some PR people a lot of money to write this crafty statement, which makes him look innocent without ever actually lying explicitly, just in case he does get busted in the future.

Bikeboy

So how much pressure should a cancer survivor endure? If he spends all his money and has a relapse. Does that change any ones minds. The haters will hate, his kids won't be going to college. And the ass hat from the drug agency will be running for the republican party. Unless this is preemptive strike against lance for president.

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