I can’t help but side with Lance Armstrong, http://www.lancearmstrong.com/news-events/lance-armstrongs-statement-of-august-23-2012, on the whole debacle that has been following him around for years, and in some ways it has taken guts to have walked away from this thing without tackling it head on. He is correct of course, this thing has to lie down and die.
I’m going to say that in the end it doesn’t matter if he took drugs, or not, he was competing against people who were, it being rife in cycling at the time, so if he was taking drugs, he was still a better cyclist, and if he wasn’t, he was a way better cyclist.
As has already been pointed out, stripping him of the tour titles will elevate the likes of Jan Ullrich to a winner, someone who was caught taking drugs, and suffered the consequences of that action. What is not fair by any stretch of the imagination is that now an admitted drug user is elevated above one who is claiming innocence, and who has never been tested positive.
The whole episode is not doing cycling’s image any good, again. Cycling is still not a clean sport, but it is trying to rid itself of this image that everyone has, even Wiggo has to defend against those who presume that because he has done well he must have been using banned substances.Just having to defend yourself against this is hard, the achievement of winning any of the major tours is not to be under estimated, this is not some overpaid ‘sportsman’ spending 90 minutes on a pitch, this is sustained effort over several days, or weeks, and the temptation to find something that gives you an edge must be huge.
Lance, I don’t care if you did or didn’t, either way your legacy is impressive, and you continue to impress me every day with your sporting efforts. I think you have done the right thing, and I hope the cycling governing bodies also see the right way to deal with this, and not let the witch hunt have its way.