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Cyclists say 'good riddance' to Armstrong
The U.S. Anti-Doping Agency announced Thursday it will strip Lance Armstrong of seven Tour de France titles and ban the cyclist for life.
August 24th, 2012
09:08 PM ET

Cyclists say 'good riddance' to Armstrong

By Steve Kastenbaum, CNN

(CNN) - The reaction to Lance Armstrong’s announcement that he would no longer fight doping allegations was about as fast as his record setting winning times at the Tour de France. Armstrong may be stripped of every title he ever won and faces being banned from all competition for the rest of his life.

Andy Shen is a writer for the cycling website, NY Velocity, and a competitive cyclist here in New York:

[1:20] “He did ride at a speed that has pretty much been shown to be impossible without drug enhancement. There’s been evidence of his doping. They had retroactively looked at his blood samples from 1999 and found traces of EPO in them… There’s so much evidence over time that you have to be pretty delusional to think that he was clean.”

Armstrong’s remaining supporters still believe he’s the victim of a witch hunt. They claim his achievements are the result of superhuman capabilities. Shen sees a silver lining in this:

[3:12] "Among competitive cyclists, the hope is that as the truth comes out the sport will be able to clean itself up and face its past. And, you know, it’s pretty much acknowledged that the sport is cleaner than it ever has been."

In saying that he was finished with this "nonsense" and would no longer address the issue, Armstrong still did not admit any wrongdoing. He may still claim innocence, but to many in the cycling world, it was as good as an admission of guilt.

What do you think?  Does Armstrong deserve a lifetime ban?  Ring in with your thoughts in the comment section below.

soundoff (1,207 Responses)
  1. mikeT

    And while you're at it, let's strip Secretariat of the Triple Crown becuase heran "at a speed that has pretty much been shown to be impossible without drug enhancement."

    August 25, 2012 at 7:33 pm | Report abuse |
  2. gahh

    For his family's sake, he should have fought this, if he was actually innocent of all charges. He's made millions upon millions of dollars, because he was supposed to be a winner.

    August 25, 2012 at 7:31 pm | Report abuse |
    • Lets Produce

      In the eyes of all those receiving cancer care because he cared enough to start a foundation to fund their treatment, he is a hero. Some look at the glass as half empty. Some see a glass half full. Lance's glass is half full and getting fuller with every cancer patient who receives care that they might not have gotten if Lance had not cared.

      August 25, 2012 at 9:22 pm | Report abuse |
  3. lefty

    Hey, Michael Phelps is having a party on the Duke campus – wonder what he's up to? what's he smoking?

    August 25, 2012 at 7:31 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Shawn Johnson

    Lance Armstrong is a Hero. USADA has really shit the bed. Its not like the all the testing he has passed means anything. USADA should ban atheletes that are cancer survivors. The chemotherapy must be giving them the advantage.

    August 25, 2012 at 7:29 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Sally Masters

    He cheated AND he lied.

    August 25, 2012 at 7:27 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Tony Soprano

    if you believe he was clean throughout the 7 Tour victories, you have to believe that not only did he beat out all his competition 7 consecutive times, but he beat out dozens of competitors who we know were on drugs.

    To win 7 straight Tours against competitors who we were sure were all clean, would be amazing in itself, but to do it against dozens of others who we know were doped up, – it's proven that doping gives one a significant advantage- is just plain too much to accept.

    August 25, 2012 at 7:26 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Kona

    Last year was the last time I watched the the Tour de France and it is most likely the last time forever. The behavior of the USADA is nothing less than despicable. Lances last tour was what, 2-3 years ago? The threat of banning him from competition seems rather stupid at this point since those days are well behind him now.

    August 25, 2012 at 7:23 pm | Report abuse |
  8. alohajonny

    You all are losers. It was a witch hunt, even if he juiced and probably did. THEY ALL DID absolutely disgusting,,

    August 25, 2012 at 7:23 pm | Report abuse |
  9. lefty

    Lance decided to quit his defense because the testimonials were overwhelming. Even his top lieutenant (of 7 tours) testified against him.This man is probably the most respected cyclist on the pro tour and will be finishing his remarkable career tomorrow. Also his inner circle testified against him. This is the best course of action for Lance because he will not have to face a trail where he will be found guilty. This way he goes out without proof being displayed for all to see.

    As far as testing positive, go ask Marion Jones, Carl Lewis, or Roger Clemens. They never ever tested positive but they have admitted to performance enhancing drugs. It is very easy for professional athletes to bet drug tests. As long as there is a demand for something to give you a competitive advantage, there will always be a supply. At the time, drugs were better than the ability to accurately test.

    In conclusion, I am not a Lance fan, but honestly, he did great things for CANCER research, world of cycling, and many other significant contributions. My hat is tipped to him for enriching my life. Yes, he will still be a legend, but will he be remembered as a true champion or will he be the Barry Bonds of cycling?

    IMHO – As for Tygart, he should let them all do drugs, that's a easiest way to level playing field. Which country can produce the best drugs? I'm sure we would do very well and probably win most – maybe all the time.

    August 25, 2012 at 7:22 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Joyce

    Let's strip Babe Ruth of all his records. He was too good to be true!

    August 25, 2012 at 7:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • Lets Produce

      I 2nd. that. No way he did what he did drug free.

      August 25, 2012 at 9:12 pm | Report abuse |
  11. VegasRage

    ...and now all the hypocritical losers come out of the wood works to say see I told you, when in all likeliness, they too are doping. It's the dirty secret no one wants to admit is happening or that they are all doing until one rises above the rest, which they are happy then to throw under the bus.

    August 25, 2012 at 7:20 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Lon

    If Lance was innocent then he would fight the USADA with everything that he has to prove it. There is a very strong case against Lance that he knows that he cant win. Any reasonable person would conclude from the evidence that Lance is guilty of using illegal performance enhancing drugs. Therefore hes is a cheater and a liar and a fraud.

    August 25, 2012 at 7:18 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Lets Produce

    “He did ride at a speed that has pretty much been shown to be impossible without drug enhancement." Shown by who? You could make that same absurd statement about Michael Jordan. "He did play at a level that has pretty much been shown to be impossible without drug enhancement," There has always been people with remarkable abilities who seem to perform at a level the rest of us can only be amazed by. Albert Einstein, Leonardo Da Vinci, Usain Bolt. I personally don't care if these cyclists use performance enhancers. You notice how little excitement the spectators find in the riders at the back of the pack? The public is there to watch these guys power up those mountains. The faster they go, the faster the spectators heart's pump with excitement. Armstrong's accuser's admitted that ALL the riders or at least those out front were using performance enhancers. Why would we care? There giving the public exactly what they want. I also see an exaggeration of the true beneficial effects of the so called performance enhancing drugs. The biggest performance enhancement comes from within our minds. The whole idea of having an even playing field is really just a myth. We've never had that. Look at just natural testosterone level. One athlete might be 1000 ng per dl while the next is only 580. If the 580 athlete brings his level up through testosterone injection to 1000, he is labeled a cheater while the natural 1000 level athlete is not. There technically on the same level now but one is a cheater and one is not. That is why I don't have a problem with performance enhancement so long as all can do it. Without it, there is and never will be a level playing field.

    August 25, 2012 at 7:12 pm | Report abuse |
    • TIna Jolliff

      I think that the USADA should be ashamed of themselves. In my mind he is still the winner. These organizations go to far. Just like the NCAA taking away all of Penn State winnings for all those years. Punish the coaches if necessary, that was a crime, but not those young athletes who knew nothing of what was going on, or Paterno who was not here to defend himself. I am starting to hate organized paid sports. I like the sports but the people with the power and the money are souring the games for me. If I have named the incorrect organizations I apologize.

      August 25, 2012 at 7:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • penel9

      That does not make any sense.

      August 25, 2012 at 8:03 pm | Report abuse |
  14. EdCarter

    Read the posts here. You will get a flavor of the public sentiment. I'm pretty sure that cycling will be about as popular to watch as badminton now.

    August 25, 2012 at 7:12 pm | Report abuse |
    • gakster

      No, Ed Carter, even less than badminton. Badminton players don't act like they own the road, wear stupid looking little outfits, or ride around in packs like wolves on the hunt or vultures circling carrion.

      August 26, 2012 at 1:05 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Dawnarie

    I don't think he did it, they have tested him enough times, and could never prove anything. But I guess my biggest question is why all hoo-haw abut PED's?? If something is around that will make you work better shouldn't you use it? To me it is like saying we can't use calculators and spreadsheets to solve math problems at work, isn't that a performance enhancing piece of equipment?? Or do they cry foul because they didn't use everything available to do their best?

    August 25, 2012 at 7:06 pm | Report abuse |
  16. dudley

    I say good riddance to the entire pro cycling community. These cycling cry babies start whining the moment he doesn't win and challenges the winner for something, anything, hoping something will stick. A decade or more after his last title they're still whining, and it was the same for Endurain, LeMonde and every other winner of the Tour.

    Bunch of begging little whiners and the entire world is sick to death of them. If the Cycling Federation began to hold up leaders every time there was a crash behind them during a race the entire cycling world would turn into a bunch of floppers, just like soccer woosies.

    Bah!

    August 25, 2012 at 7:04 pm | Report abuse |
    • Hey

      A bunch of pots calling the kettle black.

      August 25, 2012 at 7:11 pm | Report abuse |
      • Santex

        And since both are black indeed the metaphor stands as being correct.

        August 25, 2012 at 7:32 pm | Report abuse |
  17. Nelly17

    What is truly sad is the witch hunt that has targeted Lance. It truly makes me sick to think that despite no hard evidence to prove that he is guilty he has been subjected to this nonsense. Once a generation comes an athlete who simply is better. Lance was that athlete. I guess now that Usain Bolt has won two Olympics in a row by commanding margins then he must be guilty too. What is ridiculous is Barry Bonds has be caught red handed and yet he still is allowed to hold on to his records. Lance Armstrong was not proven to be anything but an outstanding athlete, gentleman and true humanitarian and yet he gets blackballed because a politically motivated organization decided he was simply too good to be true. I for one am sick of watching an innocent man have to defend himself despite his innocence. He once again showed that he simply is sick of the lies and false accusations that were drummed up against his character and moved on. He will always be the best.

    August 25, 2012 at 7:03 pm | Report abuse |
  18. thejumping1

    Hey USADA. Congratulations! You just shot yourself in the pocketbook. If I understand correctly, your operating dollars come from portions of USA Cycling events, which if I am also correct, have been supported by cycling fans and a public who became interested in the sport because of the person you just defrocked. Nice job. Now, with this "success" padding your resume, see if you can identify any professional wrestlers who won title belts while on the juice. Oh, and make sure to go back to the seventies to begin your search. Another question: under what authority do you have the power to strip an athlete of their title? Such a bold statement from your "leader" Tygart, that it seems he must be colluding with his bosses, the ungrateful French.

    August 25, 2012 at 6:56 pm | Report abuse |
    • jinaine

      Nobody is stripping him of his titles. They were not his to begin with.

      August 25, 2012 at 7:07 pm | Report abuse |
  19. Jimbo4747

    The USADA has a week case against Lance. As an attorney and a cyclist I can confim two things, in criminal court this case would never even get filed. There is no reliable physical evidence. The hearsay evidence is from team members who cheated themselves, lied about it repeatedly and were each given immunity from prosecution if they testified. It would be hard to find a jury who would convict on that evidence. Who are all these cyclists who are saying "good riddance" to Lance Armstrong? CNN names one, an Andy Shen I have never heard of. Every cyclists I know supports Lance Armstrong, even the ones who believe he used EPO. This appears to be a case where an agency decides to justify it's existance by going after the biggest name in cycling using tainted evidence and questionable hearsay statements. The USADA wants to strip Lance of his medals and award them to cyclists who likely abused the doping rules, but are not well known enough to merit the attention of the USADA or other anti-doping agencies.

    August 25, 2012 at 6:56 pm | Report abuse |
  20. Chris

    I'm curious on what grounds they can strip him of every award and medal he's EVER won. Do they really think that there's a substance out there that can take a man from zero to seven Tours? Come on. How do we know he still wouldn't have won without them? "Enhancement" or not, he's clearly still head and shoulders above the competition in my book. The punishment is so arbitrary here. Put an asterisk by his name. Fine. But don't take his awards away.

    August 25, 2012 at 6:55 pm | Report abuse |
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    August 25, 2012 at 6:46 pm | Report abuse |
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      August 25, 2012 at 7:08 pm | Report abuse |
  22. cjik57

    Interesting that the top 5 riders in all 7 Tours that he won have all been suspended for PED's with the exception of Carlos Sastre. If he did it, which seems likely, he was doing what others in the sport did to succeed. Read Jonathan Vaughters NY Times Op Ed piece (http://www.nytimes.com/2012/08/12/opinion/sunday/how-to-get-doping-out-of-sports.html?_r=3&ref=opinion&pagewanted=all). on why athletes cheat – it doesn't make it right or easy to accept, but it has been the way this sport and others have pushed athletes to succeed. I'd ride with him any time – and enjoy the hell out of it.

    August 25, 2012 at 6:45 pm | Report abuse |
  23. Mike

    Don't judge him...he's supposed to be innocent until proven guilty.

    August 25, 2012 at 6:44 pm | Report abuse |
  24. ericpone

    Ok so with Lance out of the way we can now be assured that cycling will once again become a non factor sport a fifth tier sport behind water polo and field hockey. Do the Europeans really think that average US citizens really care about this? He is still a stud hero to many here. Then again the baseball denizens and nutjob purists have used the same bs stuff to try and make average people care about the use of steroids. As someone who just watches sports I really don't care. I just want to see some amazing performances. If they are roiding it up that is their problem. Let the purists have their little clubs but for those of us who JUST DON'T CARE let us have our Armstrongs, Sosas etc. We just don't CARE!!!

    August 25, 2012 at 6:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • john

      Why are you going after Europeans??? It is USADA, the American cycling kangaroo jury that is doing this.
      And you are WRONG. American cyclists care a great deal about biking and the sport. We could care less about baseball though.

      August 25, 2012 at 6:56 pm | Report abuse |
      • Midranger

        Why are you going after baseball?

        August 25, 2012 at 7:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • midranger

      Man! You just hit the nail on the head!
      Well said!

      August 25, 2012 at 7:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • jinaine

      You do not care! Wow. ! Its people who do not care that control the banking industry, and people who do not care that break into people's houses and people who do not care who beat up on people who are different. When we do not care but put 'success' before everything else we get a corrupt society. And a society that lives in a make-believe world. Using drugs and winning is not your win. It's the drug that won. You did not win. You could not win. You had to ask the drug to do it for you. How pathetic!

      August 25, 2012 at 7:04 pm | Report abuse |
  25. Ozy Mandais

    A vicious and vindictive US Government that lost every drug case it brought, except Marion Jones, can't stand to lose so they resort to lies and innuendo.
    How much does it cost to defend against a crusading government with unlimited resources. Lance or anyone else could be wiped out even if they win...and the government continues to hound.......How much did the Justice Department spend? for nothing, and then turn the case over to some "kangaroo court " For shame...

    August 25, 2012 at 6:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • marci

      the US courts have a different burden of proof than the USADA, which is why a federal judge dismissed Armstrong's suit that would have asked the US courts to interfere with the USADA's arbitration process. the US courts may not have had a strong enough case to bring against Armstrong becaus US courts have the authority to THROW PEOPLE IN PRISON. there is a very different standard between the two bodies. handing someone a felony and banning them from a sport are two very different things.

      August 25, 2012 at 6:45 pm | Report abuse |
      • Ozy Mandais

        Of course they have a higher burden of proof....thats why they turned the case over to agency that does not have to prove anything...Just make accusations offer, no proof, offer no evidence just hearsay and rumors

        August 25, 2012 at 6:57 pm | Report abuse |
        • marci

          read the federal judge's ruling. they are two different governing bodies and Armstrong agreed to ride under the USADA's rules until he didn't like what they said and tried to get the US courts involved. you're comparing apples and oranges.

          August 25, 2012 at 7:07 pm | Report abuse |
      • Shane

        Correct me if I'm wrong but federal prosecution found insufficient evidence for even a grand jury indictment, which is preponderance of the evidence, the same as in arbitration.

        August 25, 2012 at 7:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • john

      This isn'[t the US government. It is USADA, a biking industry committee.

      August 25, 2012 at 6:53 pm | Report abuse |
  26. Katie

    I don't care if he's a cancer survivor or how much he's done for the world of cycling. Nobody in his right mind thought this guy was blowing by the competition without enhancement drugs, especially when the competition was doping to be that fast. He can cry foul and say "witch hunt" all he wants (and haven't we heard that from EVERY athlete who was caught doping???) but evidence both real and eyewitness anecdotal say otherwise. Cheaters aren't winners, and they certainly aren't heroes. He's a coward. Shame on him. THIS is what he's done for the world of cycling now.

    August 25, 2012 at 6:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • Antman

      Really Katie?
      "He can cry foul and say "witch hunt" all he wants (and haven't we heard that from EVERY athlete who was caught doping???)"
      Don't you suppose that pretty much 100% of falsely accused innocent people claim the same thing?

      AGAIN, hundreds of passed tests over years and years.

      August 25, 2012 at 7:50 pm | Report abuse |
  27. Jon

    Someone's already said it: The USADA has a policy of guilty until proven innocent – and even IF proven innocent. What does this say about the multitude of other drug tests that he passed? Do we keep giving athletes drug tests until we get one with results that proves our preconceived notions – or ulterior motives? He has a natural talent and drive, and in my mind he's still the winner.

    August 25, 2012 at 6:32 pm | Report abuse |
  28. Jonathan

    As a cat. 2 track cyclist for DIY Music I have looked up to Lance and used him as an example of what hard work and hard training does. He has passed all drug test. I do not believe he doped. and if his seven Tour de France titles are stripped, we know, he knows, his team knows who won, who trained the hardest, and who the greatest cyclist in the world is. All the evidence against Lance is hearsay evidence which is only allowed in court in the case of death and there was not so it can be used. It is also Circumstantial. There is no solid evidence that he doped which he did not. It is sad that people are out to get others because they are better than them.

    August 25, 2012 at 6:31 pm | Report abuse |
    • Katie

      USADA has gone back and retested Lance's samples from years ago – with new, refined tests. They found markers of blood doping, which has been illegal the entire time he was cycling. And the reason for the guilty until proven innocent thing, too many people use different ways to beat the test. For a standard urine test they'll drink vinegar, which raised the acidity level and masks a positive result. They'll drink too much water. They'll take massive amounts of supplements. None of these things will eliminate the presence of something illegal, but they all will cloud the test results. USADA, like the regular testing labs, are onto this. If a sample is just abnormal for peculiar reasons, it gets flagged as a probable positive and it is up to the donor to prove otherwise. The only way to test clean and normal is to be drug free.

      August 25, 2012 at 6:41 pm | Report abuse |
  29. JClark

    All the top cyclists during those years were using some form of enhancements. Jan Ullrich, Alex Zülle, Joseba Beloki, Andreas Klöden, Ivan Basso; I mean all of them. It was a level playing field. Lance beat them all juiced. He would beat them all unjuiced. USADA's own policy says they can't engage former athletes in allegations after this many years and rightly so. It takes away from present day athletes. Make no mistake, this a personal vendetta and they are making fools of themselves. I don't care what these people do or say. Lance has earned his place in history. You can't make yourself taller by cutting off someone else's head.

    Good Grief.

    August 25, 2012 at 6:31 pm | Report abuse |
    • Katie

      If you think he's such a super athlete that he can beat those who use by being clean himself, think again. ALL of these people are super athletes. We already know he was taking extra testosterone and passing the test results off by saying he needed it because he personally didn't make enough. Well, then he should take as much is as needed for a normal super athlete who doesn't test positive for extra testosterone, wouldn't you think? But that aside, there IS solid evidence of him blood doping. How do ya think he got through those mountains? As for being a target, well, if you put yourself up on that pedestal seven times, you're inviting scrutiny.

      August 25, 2012 at 6:46 pm | Report abuse |
      • john

        No Katy, we don't know he was using testosterone. Just your assertion.

        August 25, 2012 at 6:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • M. Malesa

      Hear, Hear!

      August 25, 2012 at 6:56 pm | Report abuse |
  30. Paul Williamson

    Lance will always be a giant among cyclists, he won on the track where the bureaucrats and jealous pygmies try to win with paper...

    August 25, 2012 at 6:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • Katie

      Ah yes, the jealousy response. When you don't have a valid argument, use name-calling and label people jealous.

      August 25, 2012 at 6:47 pm | Report abuse |
  31. Scott Lay

    The guy was fighting CANCER. I don't care if he had Cod Liver Oil for Blood! He was fighting Cancer! We will always remember who Lance Armstrong was! The Geatest!. Period!

    August 25, 2012 at 6:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • Katie

      He was not fighting cancer while he was cycling. He was in remission while he was cycling. He was fighting cancer when he went through chemotherapy, which for this particular cancer is NOT easy. But he was NOT going through chemo when he was cycling.

      August 25, 2012 at 6:48 pm | Report abuse |
      • john

        I have cancer, and I am also a cyclist. I have gone through chemo also. My oncologist says that 'once you have cancer, you always have cancer.' Remission is not the same as being free of cancer.

        August 25, 2012 at 7:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • gakster

      Scott Lay, if the "geatest" means a fraud and an idiot, then I wholeheartedly agree.

      August 26, 2012 at 1:07 pm | Report abuse |
  32. kathryn obranovich

    it is a well know fact that he possesses super athletic ability, look into his childhood. he has done more for cycling than any other cyclist in history, and has promoted great interest in the sport that has never been, and will never be, there again. he may have done some doping, but there is most likely a very short list of those who have not. what a backstabbing community the cycling sport must be. nothing but vindictiveness and sour grapes. he has achvieved greatness for sure, and overcome many obstacles. how about giving him some due credit rather than attacking.

    August 25, 2012 at 6:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • marci

      actually it isn't a "well known fact" that he "possesses super athletic ability." if you have followed his career from the beginning or read anything about his early years, he was average to below average in both cycling and triatholons. it wasn't until after battling cancer that he came out and blew everyone away. his PR team has re-written that part of his history. go back and look at his standings pre-cancer.

      August 25, 2012 at 6:32 pm | Report abuse |
      • ezmiller

        "bleow average cyclist and triathlete"? Marci, he was beating professional men triathletes when he was 15, and was the road race world champion when he was 21. There never was and still is nothing "bleow average" about the life and career of Lance Armstrong. Maybe he's a cheater, maybe not, nothing has been proven in a court of law, only public opinion. But one thing is proven...Lance is an iconic American figure for sport, politics, and charity. He may become a "cheater" and villian to many, but ther is nothing beow average about his impact on our country.

        August 25, 2012 at 7:06 pm | Report abuse |
      • Lets Produce

        Michael Jordan was not all that great in the beginning. The Portland Trail Blazers passed on him when they had the chance to draft him. His greatness developed later. Why would it be so unusual for the same thing to happen to Lance?

        August 25, 2012 at 8:51 pm | Report abuse |
      • ranlan315

        Marci,

        With all due respect, you seem like one of the many who know little about cycling and think it consists of only one race, the Tour De France.

        I dont know where you get this info about LAs PR people, but here are a few facts about LAs early career:

        As a Triathlete, LA showed more than just promise. By the age of 15 he was competing with the top triathletes in the world but as an amateur. He turned pro at 16 and competed to age 18 or 19. For 2 years he was the national champion in sprint course triathlons and was without a doubt one of the top 10, arguably top 5 triathletes in the world at any distance..... AS A TEENAGER! Mark Allen (5 time Ironman champ) said LA could have re-written the record books if he would have stayed a triathlete. Was he doping as a teenager in the late 80s..... HELL NO!!!

        I also had the good fortune of seeing win the Texas State Road Race Championship. He won the race at the age of 17 competing against other professional/Cat 1 cyclists. If winning that race at the age of 17 is not impressive enough..........HE LAPPED THE FIELD!!!! All alone too!

        LA signed with Motorola after the 92 Olympics. In 93-95 he raced both in Europe and the US. In 93 he won 10 races including a stage in the Tour de France as well as becoming the youngest cyclist to ever win the world road race championship at the age of 21. Thats an incredible first year racing in Europe by any standard!
        During these first 3 years he also won the Thrift Drug Triple Crown (with a $ 1 Million purse) He took 2 more stages in the Tour de France and became the first American to win the classic race La Fleche Wallone. He also won the Tour Du Pont twice and La Clasica San Sebastian. During this time period he also had 2nd place finishes in the Tour Du Pont, the famous classics race Liege-Baston-Liege and La Clasica San Sebastian.

        96 his performance faltered and was cut short due to being diagnosed with cancer.

        The fact of the matter is his first 3 yrs racing for Motorola he had more success and races won than your average cyclist has in an entire career lasting 10, 12 maybe even 15 yrs.

        He was without a doubt a prodigy, a phenom.

        No you know the facts

        August 26, 2012 at 1:55 am | Report abuse |
        • gakster

          Who cares? Wake me up when the race is over so I can change the channel to a real sport.

          August 26, 2012 at 1:09 pm | Report abuse |
  33. MattD

    Guilty until proven innocent! That's how USADA works. Way to think of your family first this time Lance. Don't blame you one bit.

    August 25, 2012 at 6:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • Katie

      They have to have this policy because there are far, far too many people out there working very hard to mask the test results. They do it in many ways, from drinking vinegar to raise the acidity levels to taking supplements which trigger something falsely. Abnormal tests ALWAYS get flagged. It's up to the donor to prove otherwise, and most of the can't. Because they're guilty. Those who aren't guilty win their fights with follow up completely unremarkable tests that are 100% negative. I KNOW.

      August 25, 2012 at 6:51 pm | Report abuse |
  34. Timothy

    What about Albert Einstein? That guy's brain was like a computer. Should we dismiss the theory of relativity because he thought of things that most people cannot? What about Steven Hawkings? The guy is bound to a wheelchair, and look at that guy.

    Every once in a while, you get lucky. You get someone who really fights for what they do, and they just happen to be good at it. I suppose Bill Gates cheated too, huh? I'm sure Obama did too... probably used performance enhancing drugs to quit smoking while mere "regulars" cannot seem to kick the habit.

    No room for haters here... Next they'll be saying he paid off all 500 drug testers to fake his results.

    You rock, Lance Armstrong!

    August 25, 2012 at 6:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ima nerd

      Wait a sec, you think Einstein and Hawking were lucky?

      August 25, 2012 at 6:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bambam

      To use the vernacular, hella right! It seems these days that we have to drag down the exceptional. The "he was so good, he must have cheated" attack is just too much these days. Roger Federer will be next, watch and see.

      August 25, 2012 at 6:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • Katie

      Yeah, that's right, compare someone with high intelligence to someone who could ride a bike fast. The only difference is, Albert Einstein didn't take any drugs to help him think better.

      August 25, 2012 at 6:53 pm | Report abuse |
    • barb

      Way to go. very well put. Go Lance. Sorry the guys that didn't't win are such sorry losers ,should of trained as hard as he did.

      August 25, 2012 at 7:12 pm | Report abuse |
  35. Ed

    Wow. Roger Bannister must have been using EPO's too then. After all, he ran the mile "faster than possible". And let's nnot forget Jim Thorpe. He ran Olympic times that were records for decades, far faster than "possible" for athletes of his day. And of course, there's the Babe. All those home runs... He MUST have been using "banned" substances to do that.

    Apparently, neither the idiot @ USADA, the idiot CNN quoted nor the idiot at CNN who wrote this article have ever heard of an athlete who naturally outperforms most if not all of their peers.

    August 25, 2012 at 6:17 pm | Report abuse |
  36. Ima nerd

    This puts into question every race winner since racing began. Do you hear that lothar the cyclist?

    USADA=joke

    August 25, 2012 at 6:13 pm | Report abuse |
  37. marci

    have any of you bothered to read about all of the allegations that have been brought against Armstrong, since the late 90's? there was a great article written in Sports Illustrated several years ago that gives a very fleshed-out summary of the types of evidence he is fighting against (go to SI's website and search it). and there is evidence. lots of it. some of it IS circumstantial, but I highly doubt there are so many people, both collegues and friends, that are "jealous" or dislike him enough to lie and lie seperately and consistently about what they have seen and heard. and to say that he has never tested positive for performance enhancing is ludicrous because HE HAS. more than once. not for drugs per se, but for things that suggest he has done engaged in transfusing his own blood back into his sytem, which would allow for better oxygenation of his muscles.

    i have always liked Armstrong, and it saddens me to see this happen to him. however, i do believe at the very LEAST he engaged in manipulation, if not down right doping. does that negate all of the things he has done through his foundation to help raise money to study and cure cancer? absolutley not. does that make it any less miraculous that he fought back against cancer and went on to do amazing things? no. but i agree that a good PR team and a lot of money have allowed him to write a story about himself that isn't exactly true. most americans didn't pay attention to cycling at all until Armstrong came along and i would guess a vast majority of those defending him and buying into the "witch hunt" mentalitly have no idea what they are talking about. i still think he's an incredible athelete and, aside from his arrogance, probably a pretty decent human being. but if he doped or cheated, he deserves everything he's getting. and i think there is a whole lotta grey when it comes to his record.

    August 25, 2012 at 6:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • wellington

      Very well said. A thoughtful and accurate take on the Armstrong happening. Unfortunately, his constant, loud, vociferous, denials of any kind of doping, including blood exchanges, in the face of overwhelming evidence to the contrary does result in a loss of respect for him as a man. I think it was Goering who said that the bigger the lie the louder you should shout so that eventually you will be believed.

      August 25, 2012 at 6:37 pm | Report abuse |
  38. Dean

    We will never know if he doped or not – given the tests as a marker – we can only say that he did not dope. Especially because at this point he cannot defend those retests years later... ie. what other environmental contributors could have changed a 17 year old test??? It is a joke.

    To me – whether he did or not – he is admirable for stepping away from this and dropping it. I am amazed at people thinking that just because he walks away it means he is guilty.... He has been harassed by the french, the italians, the world doping organizations... and now his own country – repeatedly for most of his career. 17 years worth of fight and combined with trying to win races. To me it is completely reasonable for him to just throw in the towel.... What does he have to gain from all of this – if he is innocent chances are he will end up losing just because this all seems like a witch hunt... remember he has fought before – especially the federal case (which was thrown out for not enough evidence) He fought the french when the actually tried to fake results... nobody remembers that... so now – now at the end of his career and in the face of his kids and all the other things he is doing – he choses to not spend the next two years in court trying ot defend himself against a bunch of former riders,,,,, who were all caught... not him but they were... a he said she said thing.... with the millions he has in the bank???? Give me a break. I am surprised he didn't walk away before. What does this teach his kids??? Hold your head high – believe in yourself and remember that life sometimes isn't fair.... Maybe he did dope – but I don't care – USADA – you look like a spoiled 5 year old and now you are looking around going... see... I knew it see.... and everyone else is – what the #$@% are you talking about?

    August 25, 2012 at 6:12 pm | Report abuse |
  39. jane

    He is guilty big time. He is a narcissist big time. He thinks the rules are for everyone else except him. Additionally, just because he has passed these tests do not mean anything. Many drug users can pass these tests. There are kits out there on the black market. He is a classic case of NPD.

    August 25, 2012 at 6:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • d.gavrilis

      And who are you?

      August 25, 2012 at 6:25 pm | Report abuse |
      • jane

        D- just someone who is weighing in. Have a great day.

        August 25, 2012 at 7:42 pm | Report abuse |
  40. NK

    Why are cyclists from the minor leagues of cycling being interviewed for their opinions?

    Did anyone drug test the woman who lifted a car off of her child, because it's not humanly possible to do that unless she was on drugs, right?

    August 25, 2012 at 6:06 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ima nerd

      It was me who did that. I always rub a small amount of Dr. Mcgilicuttys "super car lifting cream" before bed. I knew it would payoff someday.

      August 25, 2012 at 6:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • Eric

      Did this woman lift said car repeatedly for 21 days straight, 5 hours a day without any dip in hematocrit levels and coincidentally peak at levels just below the red flag mark so as not to trigger a negative test result? Lance cheated, lied and bullied witnesses to his fraud. There are a lot of people who turned a blind eye and those people are still in charge of cycle racing, so I'm happy Lance has been exposed as the fraud he is, but I'm not sure that the sport has been washed clean just yet.

      August 25, 2012 at 6:36 pm | Report abuse |
  41. rilson13

    "So CNN gets some has-been minor league cyclist to pitch in with his 2 cents. What was the point of that?"
    Great stuff glenview0818... Great stuff.
    Travis Tygart: you are an a$$ for taking this on in a most despicable way. We shall not forget your as equally despicable name.
    Don't care that Armstrong did or did not, the fact is that everybody else did -including The (despicable) Ten who did 'juice' and would have gotten a free pass for testifying against Armstrong for something they themselves did. Lump that along with a total disregard for the Statute of Limitations and you get why the hard edge for Travis Tygart; Tool of the sad-french.
    Now, lets support those who keep it in proper perspective: Nike, Oakley, and Bud.... all honorably sticking behind Armstrong. I will continue to very proudly wear my yellow bracelet and easily trash Tygart to anybody that wants to hear.

    August 25, 2012 at 6:05 pm | Report abuse |
  42. Layne

    If refusing to dignify an accusation with a reply is the same as an admission of guilt, then I hereby accuse the author of this article of using crystal meth to increase the speed of his typing. Clearly, "He did [type] at a speed that has pretty much been shown to be impossible without drug enhancement." All he has to do is pass as many blood tests as Lance did to claim innocence – and the day he refuses to be tested one more time, we'll take that as his admission of being a meth-head.

    August 25, 2012 at 5:59 pm | Report abuse |
  43. Paul

    Who cares? Cycling is arguably the dirtiest sport as far as doping goes, and if even one of the top riders in those races was clean, it would be a shock. This was a witch hunt, and lance will be scapegoated for a sport wide issue. none of the others will be subjected to the same level of scrutiny lance has, so they will skate while a handful of individuals will pat themselves on the back for taking down a legend, while the rest of the cycling world is already moving on to the next undetectable with current tech enhancer.

    August 25, 2012 at 5:59 pm | Report abuse |
  44. NK

    Greg LeMond's body was full of shotgun pellets that could not be removed through surgery. He became bitter when he could not beat even the non-dopers.

    August 25, 2012 at 5:57 pm | Report abuse |
  45. JaydenH

    By Andy Shen's logic, any athlete who wins consistently must be doping. But for the USADA's accusations to be true, we'd have to believe that he had two systems (one that he used to never test positive) and a different one he shared with teammates (who did test positive, suggesting they weren't, despite their claims, getting their drugs from him). It's true that Armstrong's results are unpresidented, but they are unpresidented even if he was doping. What drug allows someone to win seven Tours de France after being given a 50% chance of dying from cancer? And if, as we are being asked to believe, so many cyclists were doping at the same time, we come back to the same question - what was he doing that was so much better? If EPO could do that, we wouldn't need oncologists. My sense is that a lot of these cyclists started doping in an effort to beat Armstrong, and they just can't wrap their brains around the idea that he might have done it drug free. I'm also not sure Shen is correct in saying they found EPO in his blood. From what I understand, no drug test results have been released that support that claim. Either he passed the test or he failed. If the standard of proof is that an athlete fails both the A and B test, then you can't say, "Well, he passed, but we saw something in his blood that makes us think he should have failed." If you can do that, there's no sense in testing at all. If Armstrong doped, all they have to do is produce the failed blood test results. But they can't.

    August 25, 2012 at 5:56 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bill

      I agree but it is still puzzling that he would give up. This is a guy with a very long history of never, ever, ever giving up.

      August 25, 2012 at 6:05 pm | Report abuse |
      • Mark

        I would give up long long before 12 years of defending myself. I don't have all that money for lawyers, nor do I have the time to take off work for all the hearings and still feed the family.

        I know Armstrong is a bit wealthier than I am but the principal applies. I think his only crime was being Arrogant, and much of the Arrogance is only percieved as such by others because Armstrong is so successful.

        Is this the new America, tearing down everyone who has had a modicum of success "You didn't build that" is now "You didn't win that" it must have been drugs.

        August 25, 2012 at 6:21 pm | Report abuse |
        • pnovotny

          I agree completely with your post.

          August 25, 2012 at 6:49 pm | Report abuse |
    • Brad

      By your logic, it's clear you don't know what logic is.

      August 25, 2012 at 6:06 pm | Report abuse |
  46. T-Bon3

    he's dropping the case not because he affraid of loosing but because of the emotional toll on him and his family. for years he's been tested around 500 YES FIVE HUNDRED times. all the legal fees and court trips. that is draining for anyone. he's tested negative everytime. his team mate (whatever his name is ) failed right away yet lance showed up negative. it boils down to he's american and he did what no one else did in the tour de france. and people are jelous... haters gonna hate.

    August 25, 2012 at 5:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • tdubs10

      Well said

      August 25, 2012 at 6:05 pm | Report abuse |
  47. Roy Nickerson

    Way to go US cycling. Let's take your most popular personality–one who made your sport halfway digestible–and make him a villain despite NEVER testing positive for doping. There's some motivation to join the sport: we propose you work your ass off for your entire life only to be done in by the mere accusations of jealous competitors. Good job. Have fun being aired on The Ocho.

    August 25, 2012 at 5:51 pm | Report abuse |
  48. Roy Nickerson

    “He did ride at a speed that has pretty much been shown to be impossible without drug enhancement." Why? Because you never rode that fast? How often do we see athletes like Usain Bolt come along and perform amazing human feats that we would've never thought possible? It happens. Just because you didn't perform as well, don't beat up on those that did.

    August 25, 2012 at 5:50 pm | Report abuse |
  49. TruthToBeQuestioned

    Ever since I was a kid, I've heard about the great life of Lance Armstrong. He fought in the hardest race of all. CANCER. After winning the most difficult challenge of all, he then won the tour de france. Why is this so impossible? Besides, show me an award winning athelete that hasn't done some sort of performance enhancing drug, and I'll show you... well... LANCE FREAKING ARMSTRONG!!! Losers always try to prove that the winners cheated. Instead, try working harder. As Issac Asmov said, "The human body is a machine, but unlike others machines, when pushed past its limits, the human body only gets stronger." Bravo to Mr. Armstrong for having the good grace to walk away head held high. If we all had half his dignity, we might say to ourselves, "I can do that to. It's not so impossible"

    August 25, 2012 at 5:44 pm | Report abuse |
  50. David T.

    While I think it's a bit of a witch hunt, one wonders why Lance didn't try to fight it to the bitter end. By doing this, of course people are going to think he took PEDs despite proclaiming otherwise.... Just puzzling to say the least....

    August 25, 2012 at 5:43 pm | Report abuse |
  51. Ted Striker

    Everyone at his level are doping. So what's up with the witch hunt? Get everybody, not just the top dog. This is like how baseball used Barry Bonds while he was hot, and looked the other way, then turned their backs on him once he was done. Pathetic.

    August 25, 2012 at 5:40 pm | Report abuse |
  52. Myk

    I personally think that the USADA and Mr. Tygart are simple minded people with too much time and money too waste. Wait a second that was our money, hmmm, crazy idea for all of us. I think my next letter is going to the USADA requesting a copy of the "evidence," I might be wrong, but I think that is is my right a taxpayer to see where my money is spent. There is no need for secrecy or any threats to disallow such a request. I am on it! You all have a great day, I am on a mission now! Have a great day.

    August 25, 2012 at 5:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • glenview0818

      Do it quick MYK, becaue I am writing to my Senator and Congressman demanding to end all funding to the USADA, so if you don't get your open records request soon, they will be gone!

      August 25, 2012 at 5:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • VetSV

      They dont work with tax payers money .. Just like Olympics or any professional sport is not funded my tax payers .. Ignoring the truth does not makes it right.. They can only test for EPO now so now they caught him.. get over it

      August 25, 2012 at 5:53 pm | Report abuse |
      • Brad

        USADA is not a government entity, however the agency is partly funded by the Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP), and that IS TAX PAYER money, so tell them to end the funding!

        August 25, 2012 at 6:12 pm | Report abuse |
  53. Mike Skiera

    I think he is guilty, but so are most competitive cyclists.

    August 25, 2012 at 5:38 pm | Report abuse |
  54. vdanker

    Lance is right to refuse to participate in this nonsense, since USADA has already decided he's guilty. But since they can't prove his guilt, they expect him to prove his innocence. I hope the organization that actually governs cycling chooses to ignore USADA's witch hunt, and finally puts the matter to rest.

    August 25, 2012 at 5:36 pm | Report abuse |
  55. tackindy

    He was one of the most tested riders of all time and passed EVERY ONE at that time! Now they want to retest..... clearly the world's bicycling elite cannot stand that an American holds the record. Lance Armstrong is a great athlete and person! I hope the Tour De France and those other races I use to enjoy watching lose EVERY american dollar spent supporting them. Even if he did enhance his performance.... what justifies going after him with such a vengeance?!?!

    August 25, 2012 at 5:36 pm | Report abuse |
  56. chad

    as a huge greg lemond fan, im glad armstrong has decided to stop fighting the truth. denial is bad.

    August 25, 2012 at 5:32 pm | Report abuse |
  57. edco errata to previous

    line 4 should read:
    Having a location in the United States, Colorado Springs, CO. does not make an organization a federal dollar supported government agency.

    August 25, 2012 at 5:29 pm | Report abuse |
  58. glenview0818

    I must say, I hope some French Anti Doping agency has some hearsay evidence of drug use by one of our Football players and takes all of the teams Super Bowl wins away. Who on earth does the USADA think they are? Just spreading more good will for the US, and this is a US government funded organization. I thought this administration would be better. And then they are leading the public to believe that Armstrong took performance-enhancing drugs like all of our major league players are doing. Blood doping and the other methods like EPO are only to increase red blood cells. So CNN gets some has-been minor league cyclist to pitch in with his 2 cents. What was the point of that. Many of the greatest cyclists alive that have never tested positive are standing with Armstrong. USADA has made a deal with the cyclists that got caught to testify against Armstrong, as far as I am concerned, their word is meaningless. Of course they want to bring others down, only to make their circumstance better. Lets have someone clean come forward.

    August 25, 2012 at 5:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • Cat

      Exactly the point I made in an earlier post.

      August 25, 2012 at 5:51 pm | Report abuse |
    • edco errata to previous

      FYI
      The United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) is a non-profit, non-governmental organization and the self-proclaimed national anti-doping organization (NADO) for the United States. USADA is a signatory to, and responsible for implementation in the United States of, the World Anti-Doping Code, widely considered the basis for the strongest and strictest anti-doping programs in sports USADA is headquartered in Colorado Springs, Colorado. So is the US Olympic Committee. USADA is not a government entity, however the agency is partly funded by the Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP), with its remaining budget generated from contracts for anti-doping services with sport organizations, most notably the United States Olympic Committee

      August 25, 2012 at 6:56 pm | Report abuse |
  59. Rob

    I think this just shows how jealous these guys are the only guy I knew or cared about was
    Acne Armstrong. These other clowns I couldn't give to shites about.

    August 25, 2012 at 5:26 pm | Report abuse |
  60. Harvkim

    It's amazing that someone somewhere has the right to make public allegations without putting the truth up for the public. Look at all of the court cases where the evidence is public for murders and sex offenders? Yep they are tried and proven guilty before they even get to court, now Lance was proven guilty by someone who has gone on hearsay and no proof from even the dope testing from years ago. No offense when will it be illegal to take aspirin and drive a car or boat maybe even a bicycle?

    August 25, 2012 at 5:24 pm | Report abuse |
  61. edco

    For the record munchkins:
    The United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) is a non-profit, non-governmental organization.
    USADA is a signatory to, and responsible for implementation in the United States of, the World Anti-Doping Code, widely considered the basis for the strongest and strictest anti-doping programs in sports. Having a location in the
    United States, Colorado Springs, CO. does make an organization a federal dollar supported government agency.
    They are in Colorado Springs because that is where the US Olympic Committee is located.
    How many people think the US Olympic Committee is a tax supported government agency? I am going to make
    you munchkin know alls do you own research.

    USADA is a sports officiating organization only. That is why Federal Judge Sparks told Lance the US Courts could exercise no jurisdiction unless there was proof of conspiracy or corruption. Many of these organizations are supported by the revenues of the events the officiate.

    How many of you "no-government" whinners think NASCAR is a government ageny?
    The officiating bodies are always promoted by the sport because you must have standards.
    If Lance did not play by the standards why should he win? What is legitimate about cheating.

    By your standards we should always change the rules until our guy wins, because he the greatest.
    If you did not play by the rules, what did you win? When they create sport for steroid, amphetamine, blood doping
    athletics, and you compete in a certifiably "juiced" peloton, then you win. The Tour de Dope. You did not win the
    Tour de France. That is a different event, and far more prestigious. This is matter of prestige, character, and sportsmanship. If Lance Armstrong cannot walk into that hearing he cannot compete in the Tour de France.

    Pardon me if I am all out of violins because Lance is just too fed up with it.
    He is the live strong man. Walk into that hearing like Russel Crowe in Gladiator and stand for yourself.
    The comments from Lance sympathizers are just woos city. Cry me a river! If the live strong guy is clean
    show up and knock them out. Walk in with you head high and walk out with it high.
    I don't think you munchkins understand the stark implications of the no-show status at the USADA hearing.
    I like Lance, I hope he has a change of heart. If he cannot show the USADA who he is, his heart, his competitive
    spirit, standing up for himself, I am disappointed. He has all you munchkins to play violins for him.
    A true champion would never-never-never be a no show.

    Muhamed Ali was a boxing heavy weight title holder. When he showed at his Federal Court hearing and told the judge
    he would not go to Vietnam to kill Asians because they never did anything to him, he was banned from boxing for three years. I was always unsure about liking Ali, but on that day in Court, make no mistake about it, he became a Champion.
    I became dead certain he was someone who deserved the title and everything that goes with it. He became more than just a boxing champion, he became the paradigm for all Champions. He walked in head high and stood for himself against
    the "man".

    Make no mistake about it, Lance taking a pass on the USADA hearing is something he will regret for the rest of his life.
    All of this weannie whinning is not what I am looking for out of the guy.
    Perhaps level playing fields are not his thing.
    There will be more shoes to drop, understand this, no matter what the facts are, skipping the hearing is a mistake.

    August 25, 2012 at 5:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • glenview0818

      If US federal funding to the USADA stopped the organization would disappear. So you can play games with words, but the truth is the truth. At the end of every major league baseball and football game, I want every single player tested, then I will think the USADA is a valid organization, but until then I will be pointing fingers at Margaret Hamburg head of the FDA, Chicago appointee, who launched the FBI probe against Armstrong originally, and because they could not come up with any real evidence they chose to use this puppet organization that does not need evidence to make its claims. You need to look at the real story before you start educating everyone about this useless agency.

      August 25, 2012 at 5:41 pm | Report abuse |
      • rdepontb

        I totally agree with glenview0818. USADA would, like the UN and so many other "world" agencies, fall to pieces if US funding was pulled out. This group is self-serving, likes to change the rules when no one asked them to, and are sure to find their end in this outlandish "we won't show you our evidence" move of theirs.

        August 25, 2012 at 5:48 pm | Report abuse |
    • The all powerful OZ

      Edco, go get your shinebox

      August 25, 2012 at 5:43 pm | Report abuse |
      • Billy Batts

        hahahahahhahahahhhahahaha A+

        August 25, 2012 at 6:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dennis

      Edco,
      Your points are laughable. Boxing? The most corrupt org. in the history of sport next will be wrestling! Ali was fighting the most corrupt sport ever so the USADA is the equivalent of the WBO . You have made the point ,wrong !!!!

      August 25, 2012 at 5:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • Shad the liar

      He does not have to defend himself. The burden to prove he did it is theirs. There is no way to prove you did not do something in the past. He was tested over 500 times! The most of any athlete ever.
      Stop living in the past and clean up your sorry little sport.

      August 25, 2012 at 5:50 pm | Report abuse |
    • srfarm

      I have done my research and while USADA is a non profit corporation, they are still considered quasi governmental because they get their authority from Congress and are partly funded by US tax dollars, specifically from the Office of Drug Control Policy which is under the White House. I would suggest before you accuse others of not doing their research that you do some of your own.

      August 25, 2012 at 5:50 pm | Report abuse |
    • Antman

      Come on edco (chief munchkin, head whiner, or whatever best fits you). There has been no evidence shown, just a bunch of hearsay from a bunch of jealous "never quite the man" whiners. All of this way after he retired. So I guess they were okay with what they claim to be doping while they were reaping the benefits from being around someone who not only dominated a deadly disease, but also an extremely demanding sport. Where was the honesty, truth, and valor from these posers then? They are basically a bunch of cowardly "wanna-be"s, who are now trying to tear down the legacy of someone they could never quite measure up to.

      I would have to stick to Lance's word and his cited several hundred passed tests throughout the years. With the depths the USADA is going to pin something on him after all this time, Lance probably has a credible concern that his samples that are not in his hands have been tainted after the fact in this desperate attempt to crucify him. I think the integrity of the USADA is just as much at issue here as Lance's record. All this said, he is still just a man and is understandably exhausted from this relentless inquisition of his past. What he has done in the name of raising money for the cause of Cancer research outweighs anything the USADA will ever produce for anything.

      August 25, 2012 at 6:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • OUR TAXES

      Congressman Jim Sensenbrenner (R-WI) today sent a letter to the Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) to investigate the use of the roughly $9 million in taxpayer funding given to the United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA):

      July 12, 2012

      R. Gil Kerlikowske, Director
      Office of National Drug Control Policy
      The White House
      1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
      Washington, DC 20500

      Dear Director Kerlikowske:

      The Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) provides approximately $9 million per year in grant funding to the United States Anti Doping Agency (USADA) accounting for a majority of USADA’s total budget. Congress has recognized USADA as “the official anti-doping agency for Olympic, Pan American and Paralympic sport in the United States.”

      August 25, 2012 at 6:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dante666

      If the anti doping agency took samples from each of his tour wins – I would love to know why they didn't speak out sooner? It seems to me they are back tracking because they got caught doing a really lousy job of monitioring the riders. How is it that he passed so many tests and now the anti doping agency is reversing their origianl findings. It smacks of payoff's or incompetence.

      August 25, 2012 at 7:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • Tony

      Armstrong has a duty to his family and fans if not himself to fight this. All you have at the end of the line is your integrity, your word. I don't know too many people that say that at their funeral " I want people to remember me as a quitter". Go down swinging for what you believe in. That is one of the big problems with our society today. No one stands for anything. If he is innocent then he should not give up. Draw on that same strength it took to win all those races and stand up to the bully if you are innocent.

      August 25, 2012 at 7:34 pm | Report abuse |
  62. peter fenlon

    A thorough disgrace to treat a man so, what have these accusers themselves achieved, sod all I suspect.

    I would understand Mr Armstongs attitude not to contest, it would achieve little when the outcome seems to be already decided.
    Thanks for all those wonderful memories Lance Armstrong, you gave us ordinary bikers so much pleasure, regards Peter.

    August 25, 2012 at 5:19 pm | Report abuse |
  63. RP

    "Cyclists say 'good riddance' to Armstrong"

    What cyclists are saying that? Was there a poll conducted? Does Andy Shen speak for everyone? It seems that Mr. Kastenbaum may be the phony.

    August 25, 2012 at 5:15 pm | Report abuse |
    • Betty Mayer

      All of this piling on we're seeing is so typical of those who have achieved nothing compared to Lance Armstrong, and who get some sort of pleasure in bringing him down. If someone fails a drug test at the time of the event, then remove him or her from the competition. If they pass the test, then leave them alone. Hounding someone this many years later is crazy and destructive to cycling. I support Lance Armstrong 100% and anyone who cares about cycling should do the same.

      August 25, 2012 at 5:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mike Skiera

      Nothing I hate worse than goddam phonies. I'm gunna go put on my red hunting cap...BACKWARDS!

      August 25, 2012 at 5:41 pm | Report abuse |
  64. Jeff

    Still believe in Lance....he was the best...hands down. He beat cancer, fought he doubters, and at 40.....he has a life to live......and chose not to continue to fight a system that reeks of stink on its own. Enjoy your life Lance.....still a fan

    August 25, 2012 at 5:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dennis

      Enough ! Take the org. ,tests, bikes and all and go back to being a european pissing contest and go away. A great athlete and humanitarian is above the sport. Livestrong Lance.

      August 25, 2012 at 5:26 pm | Report abuse |
  65. Livestrong lives

    He did what one should do when facing a kangaroo court . This is all about jealousy.

    August 25, 2012 at 5:14 pm | Report abuse |
  66. JJ

    An intensely competetive athlete who claims to be innocent is suddenly just giving up? defending his reputation?

    August 25, 2012 at 5:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • JP

      Is he supposed to go bankrupt? No matter what he does, it will not matter to the anti-doping agency........he never failed a test, this is just based on opinion and a couple of mediocre cyclist who actually tested positive for PEDs.

      August 25, 2012 at 5:18 pm | Report abuse |
  67. Just sayin'

    You want a real American hero named Armstrong? We had one all along, his first name was Neil. He had his pilot's license before he had a driver's license, earned his masters degree in engineering, flew 78 combat missions in Korea, piloted the X15, performed the first successful docking of a spacecraft during the Gemini days, and piloted the lunar module to become the first person to step foot on another heavenly body, then returned to earth to become a college professor. All without a trace of self-promotion. RIP Neil Armstrong, you'll always be MY hero.

    August 25, 2012 at 5:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ian M.

      Now THAT'S a post ... nicely said!

      August 25, 2012 at 5:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • gakster

      Damned straight, Just Sayin! Lance is a hero to blithering idiots who have no idea what a hero really is.

      August 26, 2012 at 1:11 pm | Report abuse |
  68. Renewing Democracy

    Who cares if he took Epo. All Epo does is increase the volume of red blood cells so the body can carry more oxygen to the muscles. I can do that by moving to Mexico and training at altitude for a few months. Or by sleeping in an oxygen deprivation tent so my body compensates. Very different from steroids which have a direct impact on muscle mass even without training. The more important question is why is EPO even banned? So what? Ban protein?

    August 25, 2012 at 5:08 pm | Report abuse |
  69. Fred

    He proved himself several times,Drugs or no drugs. He is the best!

    August 25, 2012 at 5:08 pm | Report abuse |
  70. Curtis Kaye

    This is a modern day 'witch hunt'! USADA believes the admitted dopers who claimed to have seen Lance doping! Where is the evidence? There have been numerous athletic feats that seem dubious! We have drug testing in place, unless athletes test positive for doping, we have to believe that they are clean. It seem like USADA does not believe that the testing programs in place are reliable. Does that mean then that we should not trust the positive results for some athletes who have denied taking banned substances!

    August 25, 2012 at 5:07 pm | Report abuse |
  71. Rick

    What an incredible waste of our taxes! Purely, a witch hunt. I completely support his decision to stop the fight. In so much, I feel more compelled to support him and his causes now than before.

    August 25, 2012 at 5:07 pm | Report abuse |
  72. Wallace

    He may have used drugs, but this still smells of a witch hunt. Will they check the new "winners" who are awarded Armstrong's wins as carefully? How far back will they go? What about other sports? It just appears that Lance pissed off too many of the wrong people. Again, I don't know that he's innocent. But it still looks like a witch hunt to me.

    August 25, 2012 at 5:07 pm | Report abuse |
  73. Just bad

    After all he did for this sport...wow. What a terrible way to treat someone.

    August 25, 2012 at 5:04 pm | Report abuse |
  74. andy

    It would be a lot easier if they just legalized performance-enhancing drugs in competitive sports. It's too prevalent to ever stop. Why not just take the easy way out too and watch some super-human sporting events? Honestly, it should be more than legal. It should be mandatory...

    August 25, 2012 at 5:01 pm | Report abuse |
  75. JP

    Lance has never ever tested positive and has never failed a drug test which he's had hundreds of. The anti-doping agency is very upset that he hasn't tested positive and they have already determined that he doped so they feel he's made them look like fools (which they are). What about the runner up to Lance? Didn't Ulrich come in 2nd place 3 or 4 times in a row so was he doping? This is one thing I've never heard anyone consider and that's the fact Lance was literally on his death bed. Unless you've dealt with death on that level, you have no idea what it does to you mentally. Given that Lance was/is a world class athlete and then add the mental will that was added to his arsenal from the battle with cancer, in my opinion, the tour de france was nothing for him to beat. That was the one advantage Lance had over all other tour particpants. Battling back from cancer (his death bed remember) gives you this superhuman mental strength that I just think average humans simply can't get their minds around. He came back after 2yrs and still made podium but at this point age starts to overtake the mental advantage so no matter how mentally strong you are, your body just can't summon the muscle strength to take 1st. I'll always be a Lance supporter and perhaps all the other tour participants are just second rate athletes and need to dig deeper into their mental chess.

    August 25, 2012 at 5:00 pm | Report abuse |
  76. Bzarr

    Lets review. He was tested during and after all 7 Tour wins. He never has a positive test. Now years later they come back and RETEST. They say he is dirty now, because when he competed they didn't test for what ever he was allegedly using. Ya gotta wonder why they were not testing for whatever this substance was. Seems to me if they wern't testing for it, it wasn't illegal. He obviously pissed off the wrong person.

    August 25, 2012 at 4:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • Or ....

      It was illegal, but there was no test for it. Or, it like blood doping there may never really be a test for if you use your own cells. Or, there were masking agents which break down over time.

      August 25, 2012 at 5:11 pm | Report abuse |
  77. Susan

    Why bother ever watching the Tour de France ever again – when you have to wait several years for the USADA to declare the winner? Ban the USADA NOT Lance.

    August 25, 2012 at 4:57 pm | Report abuse |
  78. Gomez

    Doping/PEDs or not.... they have no failed test. They have no PROOF. Show the PROOF then take away his tours

    August 25, 2012 at 4:56 pm | Report abuse |
  79. Zim

    It's funny that a company would p*ss away its money to pursue one person this hard after the government wanted nothing to do with it. I have a feeling that if our law read "loser pays" (in so far as court costs and lawyer fees like Europe) that this company may not have wanted to be so forceful. The fact that they (UADA) could just pound away at Lance until he didn't have enough (or didn't want to deplete himself that far) money to defend himself shows that our legal system needs an overhaul. Remember, there was no "innocent until proven guilty" in this case (as is the case in most of the US now).

    August 25, 2012 at 4:52 pm | Report abuse |
  80. Acquired Brain Injury

    Armstrong is innocent. What proof do they have? Opinions of jealous competitors? He has passed EVERY blood and urine test ever give to him. So now opinion trumps science? Opinion is more reliable and valid than scientific analysis? USADA is a joke and is operating on the same level as those who believe in "creationism" over "evolution."

    August 25, 2012 at 4:49 pm | Report abuse |
  81. Hawkeye

    what a shame, this was a modern day witch hunt, not to mention what a MAJOR waste of taxpayer dollars!!!!

    August 25, 2012 at 4:49 pm | Report abuse |
  82. Hawkeye

    Lanceisafraud

    "The evidence is clear and overwhelming" – are you serious? What real hard evidence is there? Can you cite specifics? No you can't, just witness with a personal agenda against Lance.

    August 25, 2012 at 4:47 pm | Report abuse |
  83. Hawkeye

    yes

    August 25, 2012 at 4:44 pm | Report abuse |
  84. xyy

    Best Wishes to Mr. Lance Armstrong.

    August 25, 2012 at 4:42 pm | Report abuse |
  85. linuxfreakus

    The problem is that pretty much every athlete from those tours who had a shot at winning has already failed tests, or were associated with doping too, so I just don't understand what they are trying to accomplish, its not like the next runner up was clean and deserving of a title? so who do they give it to? Why don't they hold up the others to the same scrutiny before awarding the titles to the runner up? He never actually failed the tests, so they should just do what they do in other sports. It is impossible to know who cheated and who didn't, so why bother having tests if they still strip you of the titles even if you pass them?

    This is just a stupid move, they should have just focused on making testing better going forward. It will never be perfect, but the sport just looks like a joke if decades later you end up just disqualifying/banning every person who ever won anything.

    August 25, 2012 at 4:42 pm | Report abuse |
  86. Eric

    Correctly headlined: One writer for a cycling website says 'good riddance' to Armstrong. Big whoop.

    Given that Lance Armstrong beat a field of dopers seven straight times, there is pretty good chance he was doping, but simultaneously he was probably the best cyclist in the world, doping or not.

    I think people who spend to much time trying to rewrite history do so because they will not otherwise ever make history.

    August 25, 2012 at 4:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • Adrien

      Sorry Eric, he wasn't the best cyclist ever. Not by a long shot. He was one of the best responders to PEDs ever, and that's about it. Those that have been following cycling long before Lance got into know how good he really was (or wasn't).

      Take the time to look at his actual career wins over the course of his career and you'd see what many know: he was fairly average (at that level of competion) in most respects. And then he started doping which changed everything.

      If you dig even more, you'll find all these silly quotes from Lance himself on all these other goals he had planned to achieve as a cyclist but never did (The hour record, other Tours, domination of the classics, etc, etc...). Why? Because he knew he couldn't do it.

      His PR Team and lawyers have done an amazing job of creating a history that never really existed and most people take it as fact: He never tested positive for PEDs (he did), he was physiologically different than other riders hence his better performance (he's not – in fact his VO2 max readings almost guaranteed he was doping because he simply didn't have that kind of output), he learned how to ride differently and spin the pedals faster (nope, nor was it his idea or his trainer's), he dominated triathlons before going into cycling (he didn't – he showed some promise after winning a few competitions but that's about it.) he's had no noticeable spike in performance suggesting drug usage (sure, if you only go back to when he won his first tour where a drug enhance plateau has been maintained ever since. Before that, he could barely even FINISH the tour). The list goes on and on.

      August 25, 2012 at 5:02 pm | Report abuse |
      • Vidikron

        Cycling is the dirtiest sport around. Even if he was guilty too, he still beat entire fields of cheaters. Also, your point about a slow start to his career is pretty meaningless. There's plenty are plenty of examples of people that improved in their athletics careers later in life. Not everyone is a prodigy from childhood. Lance had a life changing event that changed everything for him. That shouldn't be underestimated.

        August 25, 2012 at 5:11 pm | Report abuse |
      • ranlan315

        Yo Adrien....

        I have a few bits of information for you. It seems like you may have followed endurance sports to some extent as have I. I have followed LA's career closely as I am from Texas, and I have a few acquaintances who raced with him in his early (triathlon/Subaru) cycling days. Either you are a little jaded (who can blame anyone for being jaded now?) or you dont know some facts, or maybe you do but are misrepresenting them???

        Yes I will grant you his early career in Europe was not full of many victories but I attribute that to his immaturity and the fact that he carried a triathletes mentality into professional team cycling and that did not bode well for him. Unlike the European pros who are raised on team cycling concept, LA first experiences as a member of a pro cycling team were with Subaru then Motorola racing in US and Europe... quite a learning curve if you have no idea what team cycling is about, and he was clueless. But ask any one of his teammates or competitors they will tell you he was incredibly strong and always a threat to win any race by launching a vicious attack or series of attacks few in the peloton could match. That is how he won many of his early victories including the world championship in '93. Miguel Indurain could not stay on his wheel in the final kilometers of that race.

        Regarding this so called fabricated history that most people take as fact, well there was one positive for corticosteriods which was explained by the fact it was prescribed by a Doctor to treat saddlesores. Also the minute levels detected fit that story because it was a topical cream. Corticosteriods like this are prescribed for their anti-inflammatory properties, not because they have anabolic or performance enhancing qualities. If there were other positive tests for PEDs why was he never disciplined for it? Yes I have heard of the alleged positive at the Tour de Suisse but such stories of paying off race officials sound like they were concocted by conspiracy theorists.

        You are wrong when you say LA was simply average and not physiologically gifted in some way. I keep hearing that same old crap about LAs VO2 max was not high enough to explain his performance. The fact of the matter is LA routinely tested this and it came in anywhere from 83-88, never breaking the 90 barrier like LeMond or Induriain but LAs highest VO2 (88) overlaps their lower scores (they too routinely tested this measure), so he is certainly not far off. Also to suggest the VO2 is the be all end all and guaranteed indicator of an athletes performance is just plain stupid. It is but one manner of measuring one aspect of an athletes physiological response to exercise in terms of oxygen consumption.. Saying a persons VO2 max is too low explain his performance (at that elite level of cycling) is like saying a sprinter does not have the right shoe size to be a 100 meter olympic champion. What is unique about LA physiologically is his ability to either produce less lactic acid or much more quickly metabolize it when compared with other world class athletes. I met of a former grad student a University of Texas Austin who did some thesis work testing LA in their Human Performance Lab. For some reason which cannot be attributed to PEDs of any kind, Lance produces only one fourth to one half the lactic acid of other world class athletes- both runners and cyclists were measured. This was measured by drawing blood samples at various stages of exercise and measuring the lactic acid levels. He had by far the lowest levels of lactic acid in his blood ever seen in that lab or other labs after researching it further. He just doesnt hurt as bad as others on the bike? Google it if you dont believe me

        I also had the good fortune of seeing win the Texas State Road Race Championship. He won the race at the age of 17 competing against other professional/Cat 1 cyclists. If winning that race at the age of 17 is not impressive enough..........HE LAPPED THE FIELD!!!! All alone too!

        As a Triathlete, LA showed more than just promise. He turned pro at 16 and competed to age 18 or 19. For 2 years he was the national champion in sprint course triathlons and was without a doubt one of the top 10, arguably top 5 triathletes in the world at any distance..... AS A TEENAGER! Mark Allen said LA could have re-written the record books if he would have stayed a triathlete. Was he doping as a teenager in the late 80s..... HELL NO!!!

        I wasnt born yesterday however, and if I had to bet my life on it, I would bet LA used PEDs during his Tour reign. Everybody else did and most teams had similar programs to USPS. So in my ever so humble opinion, the playing field was level, and in a level playing field, be it clean or doped, LA wears yellow and stands atop the podium!

        As far as USADA/WADA is concerned.... if LA did pass 500+ controls while doping, then they are not only inept but incompetent. How can they guarantee athletes rights to fair and clean sport? How can USADA justify taking US taxpayer money much less their existence. Had this information not fallen into their lap from the aborted FDA investigation, USADA and Tygart would still be stumbling around in the dark. We as taxpayers deserve better

        August 26, 2012 at 12:41 am | Report abuse |
  87. modis

    UADA are over zealous in their pursuit. I don't trust them. I don't know if they can stip him of his titles. This is all bizarre.

    August 25, 2012 at 4:38 pm | Report abuse |
  88. jon

    They can have their stupid trophies back, Lance Armstrong is a fighter and always will be and you can NEVER take that away from him! This guy has been training and racing bikes since he was 16 years old. He now wants to do Iron-man triathlons and they want to ban him for life. If they test him for drugs and he is clean then why can't he compete? What are they afraid of? I call this discrimination. Your going to ban someone from a sport they love to participate in. Really stupid of the USADA to ban someone from the sport when they can test him. This is Lance's life and they want to take his life away from him, plain and simple. The other guys got a couple of years ban and Lance gets a lifetime ban? HMMM, think about it!

    August 25, 2012 at 4:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • Richard Larson

      An olympic athlete tests positive, gives up the Gold, is banned for 2 years, and then is back on the gravy train. Where is the rationale for a lifetime ban. Tygert has been out for Armstrong since he took the job at USADA, possibly earlier than that. I wonder how close he is to LeMond? LeMond hates Armstrong because he could never beat him even while doping. Armstrong was hated by the French because he stuck their noses in it. He also flat beat every rider they put up tp beat him, clean or dirty. Facts are, Armstrong is/was a superior physical being, but no one has ever performed a comparison between him and those he regularly beat. He was the first rider to use a scientific approach to the Tour and his methodology added to his superior physical attributes gave him seven titles. Those of us who supported him will always remember.

      August 25, 2012 at 8:08 pm | Report abuse |
  89. Lanceisafraud

    Lance was dirty, most everyone else was clean except for maybe one or two guys.

    August 25, 2012 at 4:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • Eddie

      you have that backwards...

      most everyone was dirty and only 1 or 2 were clean

      August 25, 2012 at 4:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dude

      "One or two guys"??? How and the hell would you know how many were doping and how many weren't sir??? Mister know-it-all huh?! Were you testing every rider out there?! I'm so sick and tired of everyone acting as if they know everything. Damnit all! As for me I don't care because riding a bike for sport is stupid...unless it's BMX style otherwise shove it. CNN you better not not post this! You always do because you can't stand that we have free speech and you guys love to censor us, we the people!

      August 25, 2012 at 4:44 pm | Report abuse |
  90. ron

    Surviving cancer is admirable, it's a shame his morality did not survive also. His arrogance is palpable, dismissing the charges against him as "nonsense," shows the isolated world he lives in. History will not remember him kindly, which is as it should be.

    August 25, 2012 at 4:34 pm | Report abuse |
  91. memyselfnie

    I have been accused of something I could not possibly do, yet it was stated and accepted as a fact. Does not really change the facts, it is simply a misperception.

    August 25, 2012 at 4:34 pm | Report abuse |
  92. Rick

    Unless all of Lance Armstrong's colleagues are banned it is unfair for the winner and the man in the spotlight to be banned. It is pretty clear all or maybe 98% of the guys in the Tour doped... and I would have for sure. Would you given *all the same circumstances*?? Put yourself in the position of those people doing that for a job. Yes ban Lance if all the others get the same treatment... inlcuding the current dopers... and don't think for a second cycling or any sport is clean... and how about the London Games pretending to be clean... gimme a break.

    August 25, 2012 at 4:32 pm | Report abuse |
  93. Art Soller

    He wanted to be the God of his sport. He turned out to be the dog who stole someone's title. And fat wallet.

    August 25, 2012 at 4:32 pm | Report abuse |
    • E2

      1. Wether we like it or not, sports is entertainment.
      2. he beat cancer using all kinds of drugs – YA!!! He beat a field of riders whom most if not all were using something – boo?
      Hey, he did the work and rode the races – which is pretty darn hard last i checked.
      3. Who really cares, and what does it really matter. I am glad he chose not to spend the rest of his life and his money fending off a funded group of whitch hunters.
      4. Does this mean they will go after Whitney Houston for all of her Grammys because obviously she was using a 'performance enhancing drug', just like most actors, rockstars and comedians use something ...
      5. just dumb.

      August 25, 2012 at 5:00 pm | Report abuse |
      • Hawkeye556

        5. just dumb...

        ... like your spelling.

        August 25, 2012 at 5:55 pm | Report abuse |
      • gakster

        E2, you seem to be just the sort of witless, gullible treestump that corporate America loves. I bet you love American Idol, Jersey Shore, and Boo Boo Honey Child too, don't you?

        August 26, 2012 at 1:15 pm | Report abuse |
  94. Belseth

    The fact he stopped fighting it means he's likely guilty but it doesn't change the fact it has been a witch hunt. He's probably the most tested human on the planet and yet the most they have ever found was possible traces in back up samples. Nothing was found in the original samples. Essentially they are saying we think he's guilty so he is in fact guilty. It's not a court of law but just imagine being convinced of a crime without being even accused of a specific crime. We think you committed some kind of crime so we're going to sentence you to life in prison.

    August 25, 2012 at 4:31 pm | Report abuse |
    • Cat

      One of the most well spoken posts today. Thanks Belseth

      August 25, 2012 at 5:59 pm | Report abuse |
  95. Lanceisafraud

    The evidence is clear and overwhelming, Lance Armstrong is a cheater who has finally been brought to justice. My only disappointment is for the other clean riders who were deprived of their moment of achievement for the seven years Lance held the entire sport hostage.

    August 25, 2012 at 4:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • Hawkeye

      Lanceisafraud, based off your comments, I guess you've seen the results of the actual drug test that he failed? Last time I checked we live in America and hearsay and a "witness" (with a personal agenda) doesn't make you guilty of anything – not to mention that the USADA is not Internationally recognized – SHOW ME THE HARD EVIDENCE!!! Then you can sit back on your fat ass and claim he's a fraud...don't be a hater. He is still the champion as far as I'm concerned and most likely many many others too.

      August 25, 2012 at 4:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • Cat

      And you are a f u c k ing idiot!

      August 25, 2012 at 5:49 pm | Report abuse |
      • Cat

        Oops, not you Hawkeye. That was meant for Lance fraud.

        August 25, 2012 at 6:02 pm | Report abuse |
  96. Scott

    I am a Lance fan, not just for his cycling ability but his surviving cancer and building an organization that helps those who struggle with it now and in the future. Arrogant sometines, yes! Probably one of the best cyclist ever, even without drugs, yes! If he did dope, he was just doing what every other team was trying to do so the playing field was probably still fairly even. I for one believe him, reading for years about his commitment to cycling and his preparation was nothing short of amazing. I believe his teammates turning against him is a result of his arrogance and their envy of his abilities. That seems just as plausable as him doping! His work now is what he needs to be applauded for. The past is just that and has no bearing on what good he is trying to do today for others, not himself.

    August 25, 2012 at 4:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • Rob

      Does the word denial mean anything to you?

      August 25, 2012 at 4:34 pm | Report abuse |
  97. bob

    If Lance doped, and passed tests, then most all of them did. Screw the USADA where our tax dollars are WASTED. Lance will always be a hero. The USADA should be SHUT DOWN TODAY.

    August 25, 2012 at 4:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • Lanceisafraud

      You don't know. The USADA is a strong and righteous organization full of people who are genuine and really care about the well being of the sport. Lance gave the whole sport a black eye, everyone else was clean.

      August 25, 2012 at 4:33 pm | Report abuse |
      • Vidikron

        Haha... Everyone else was clean? You just made it far too obvious you are trolling.

        August 25, 2012 at 4:50 pm | Report abuse |
  98. xyy

    good day

    August 25, 2012 at 4:26 pm | Report abuse |
  99. Pnut

    By our count, of the 21 podium finishers at the Tour de France during the period from 1999-2005, only a single rider other than Mr. Armstrong was not implicated in doping by a subsequent investigation," said Bock. "Yet, only a single one of these riders had a positive test with the UCI." Weak testing process.

    August 25, 2012 at 4:25 pm | Report abuse |
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