I feel that, as a HUGE Lance Armstrong Fan/Follower/Inspired by etc etc that people are looking to me for a response to the USADA investigation that came out this week.
At first my response was simply going to be “**** You” USADA but I sat on it for a few days, mulled it over and read up on all sides of the arguments and here is what I think.
Lance won his 7 titles at a time when doping was RIFE (See the picture below, its not 100% accurate but you get the idea) so…
Part of the USADA file cites that Big George Hincapie SAW Lance Dope while he was doing it himself, Yet if this were the case, why wasn’t Big George Banned on the spot for admitting it ? Well it later came out that George said he DIDN’T say that but USADA are still using that as part of this case? I do find it a little Strange that Big George announced his retirement a few days before this S88T Storm hit though.
There has been MANY cases of a smoking gun with Lance over the years and each and everyone was shot down as baseless.
Yet this week the World Triathlon Corporation see fit to ban Lance from the Hawaii Ironman comp, Hasn’t WTC seen enough of these Lance witch hunts from the TDF to understand that he’s likely to come up clean? Lance should go with the Rev3 iron distance races and shift the attention and revenue to that organization. He has given the sport of cycling and now triathlon great exposure, not to mention all of his work with Livestrong and the fight against cancer. Of course if he is guilty and its PROVEN then that changes things, but what happened to INNOCENT UNTIL PROVEN Guilty?
7 Wins Under Threat
Ok, so if Lance did dope, they will take his 7 wins from him, sure, but you know that will KILL cycling don’t you, how on earth will you ever get sponsors in, kids into it etc etc, if the results are always being wiped, YES he should be punished IF GUILTY but this is just STUPID !
Then we Have Johan , a great quote from him being “I am dismayed that once again doping allegations have been raised against me, this time by USADA,” he said in a statement released via his website.
“Following a Department of Justice Grand Jury investigation, no charges were filed against me. It cannot be right that I or anyone else can be pursued from court to court simply because our accusers do not like the decisions made along the way and so attempt to find a court which will get them the result they want.”
How can either Lance or Johan get a fair trail here? Yet I full expect BOTH to be cleared , then give it a few years and someone, somewhere will start this all over again.
As a final thought, David Millar, former EOP Taker and banned drugs cheat said that the “Speed of the pro peloton is now insanely fast compared to the speed it used to be in the “Doing days”
Is cycling now the clean game it claims to be ?
So I guess I just said “**** You” USADA but at least I have backed it up :0)