Lance Armstrong Interview Part 2

Jan 19, 2013 at 14:06
by Radek Burkat  

Lance Armstrong's Most Humbling Moment

Lance Armstrong says the fallout began in October 2012, shortly after the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency stripped him of his Tour de France wins. He lost sponsorships worth tens of millions of dollars from corporations like Nike and Anheuser-Busch. Then, Lance says, came the lowest moment. Watch as he tells Oprah why stepping away from his foundation, Livestrong, was the hardest.


Who Does Lance Armstrong Owe an Apology To?

After coming clean about his use of performance-enhancing drugs, Lance Armstrong, a man who says he truly believed he was invincible at one point in his life, owes many people apologies. Watch as he tells Oprah how this is part of his process. Plus, Lance reveals whether he'd sit down with David Walsh, a journalist who pursued the truth about the cyclist for 13 years.


Does Lance Armstrong's Punishment Fit the Crime?

In hindsight, Lance Armstrong says, he wishes he could go back in time and admit to doping at the same time as some of his former teammates. After admitting the truth, many of those cyclists were banned from competition for six months. Lance, however, was eventually given a lifetime ban. Does he think he got what he deserved?


Why Lance Armstrong Says He Deserves a Chance to Compete Again

Why Lance Armstrong Says He Deserves a Chance to Compete Again

Lance Armstrong has spent most of his life training and competing at the highest levels, but since the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency banned him from elite competition, he says, he can't even run a local 10K race. Is Lance finally coming clean about his use of banned substances in hopes of someday returning to cycling? Find out now.


Lance Armstrong Takes His Defiance to Twitter

Why Lance Armstrong Says He Deserves a Chance to Compete Again

Just weeks after being stripped of his Tour de France titles, Lance Armstrong tweeted out a photo of himself in his Austin, Texas, home. Under the photo, which shows him relaxing beneath his seven famed, framed yellow jerseys, he wrote, "Back in Austin and just layin' around." Watch as he tells Oprah how that tweet was an act of defiance...and why he thought it was a good idea at the time.


Lance Armstrong on Telling His Son the Truth

Why Lance Armstrong Says He Deserves a Chance to Compete Again

Lance Armstrong, a father of five, has been denying allegations that he doped for the entire life of his 13-year-old son, Luke. Watch as Lance shares the moment he knew he had to tell Luke the truth and tell him to stop defending his reputation online. How did Luke react? Find out now.


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273 Comments

  • + 228
 Even if Lance has admitted to cheating, he has still done some great things for cancer awareness and I still think he is an awesome guy. In addition there is always the argument that many riders at that time were cheating, so there was a semi-level playing field and he just happened to have a better foundation than the other riders. I still wear my Live Strong band everywhere and I will continue to do so.
  • + 15
 I agree, the amount of money he's donated and raised for cancer is unreal! And people don't realise the pressures they're put Under for doping, cyclists get dropped for not conforming to taking drugs, in some teams it's take them or don't compete, there are huge pressures to dope!
  • + 5
 agreed, hes pushed the sport, pushed cancer awarness like u said, what is done is done, i personally really like the guy and dont really care what the media makes of him...LIVE STRONG
  • + 73
 A woman stopped me in the corner store while I was trying to shop and started trying to fucking shame me in public for still wearing a livestrong wristband. She was actually trying to get everyone to pay attention and have them join her in my shaming. Same thing happened when I was wearing a Penn State T-shirt after the whole scandal. I dislike this planet some times.
  • + 78
 It is true that he has made significant contributions to charity. But let's not forget some things. For instance, the way he sued, destroyed the reputation of, and ruined the lives of so many journalists, and anyone who made accusations or tried to find out the truth about him; is inexcusable. Until he apologizes, and helps those who's lives he has ruined, he will remain a bad guy in my eyes.
  • + 102
 You still think he's an awesome guy? He's one of the biggest bullies out there. He tried to sue damn near anyone who wrote in a paper/journal that he was doping, he threatened other riders not to name and shame him. He's a typical, brash, up his own ass, Texan c*nt.

And he's good for the sport? He's f*cking destroyed the sport and any integrity it had left.
  • + 57
 An "awesome guy"?! I'm not sure what you're definition of awesome is, but according to mine, Lance is as far from awesome as you can be.

Yes, he's raised millions for cancer, and yes, many other riders were doping. But his charity was built on lies and, as others have pointed out, he aggressively attacked anyone and destroyed the reputations of those who asked questions about his performance let alone suggested he was doping. And to suggest that he was merely levelling the playing field means I can only assume that you have not read any of the USADA report. Armstrong was running the most sophisticated and advanced doping scheme the sport has ever seen and he bullied his own teammates to dope alongside him.

"Awesome guy" he quite clearly is not.
  • + 10
 this man has ruined the sport... he has had a massive impact on so many riders, encouraging them to get involved and now for them it turns out all his victories were fake. From an outsiders view, its even worse, for such a high profile figure to have been found to be breaking the rules for so long. I mean that fact it has been suggested that cycling should be removed from the Olympics shows how f*cked up the situation is!!

the trouble is, Lance hasn't lost anything yet, he can still go on living the lifestyle his is now, in the comfort of his big home. until he does he wont grasp the extent of what he has done, he doesn't just need to apologies to the people close (although a personal apology to those he sued would not be the worst idea!!), he needs to apologies to the sport in general because he alone has put a black mark on the sport and all those that partake for years to come!
  • + 7
 Livestrong did not actually donate to cancer research as such, but it did promote awareness and influenced others to donate.
  • - 6
 I bought one of those "DOPESTRONG" t-shirts online to honor his memory. LOL
  • + 3
 Fact is from about 2006-7 onwards the the UCI (love 'em or hate 'em) has pretty much made sure all racers a clean. LA came 3rd in the 2009 Tour de France, although since revoked, pretty much proves he was still a pretty good athlete without doping.

@ Laza08, to be honest if it wasn't for Lance Armstrong cycling probably wouldn't be in the olympics in the first place. Love him or loathe him he has done a massive amount for cycling. (PS I dont particularly like him & I hate roadies!)
  • + 11
 Well, he can still do Preperation H comercials.......the only roids Im on now are hemeroids. As he rides away on a wet day with a big wet stain up his back:-)
  • + 17
 @stevocxt, according to wikipedia cycling has been in the olympics since 1896. I might be wrong but I don't think Lance has been racing that long...

Jokes aside, an IOC member was quoted a few days ago saying cycling could be dropped if the UCI don't clean their act up following all this. So Lance could actually end up being responsible for cycling being dropped from the olympics.
  • + 30
 This is might sound rude and awful on my part, so I do apologize in advance. A lot of what I'm hearing is how it seems people are more upset what he did to journalists. In my honest opinion, if you're a journalist and you're snooping around and typing up articles about an athlete like Lance taking drugs, you're going to get bit. I do feel bad for the journalists whose lives were altered for the worse, but it really can't be helped at this point. I do hope he makes an apology at the least. In any case, I still get to ride my bike and my life will go on. Lance is certainly flawed, but my opinion might be biased since I've lost my grandfather, cousin, and uncle to the fight against cancer. My mom is a breast cancer survivor and I always do local events to raise cancer awareness with her given the opportunity. I still believe in Livestrong, but that's just me. The only part of my life that is changed by these recent events is now when I watch Dodgeball and Lance makes his appearance..it just won't be the same. Haha. Sorry for the ramblings.
  • + 19
 The difference between armstrong and the other cyclists who got caught is that they manned up for what they did. If you do something wrong, be willing to pay the consequences. Lance only owns up now when everyone new already, and not to say sorry but to be able to ride again. In armstrong world there is only armstrong. If you stood in his lying way he crushed you.
  • + 5
 Sorry Cooshie9. No one here is privie to closed-door conferences; this is all scripted BS for Oprah in order to appeal to a yet unknown (another) identity for LA to exploit and sell. Lance Armstrong is not a Biologist, he's a Sock Puppet. What he did is a disgrace, yet his coffers are lined with the rewards of lying, cheating and stealing. He's merely lucky this had not happend sooner rather than later.

Had there been no doping on his behalf, would he have not been able to attain this level of attention? We'll never know, but unless a calender-year by calender year itinerary of any and all his lobbying and any potential political connections - he's attempting amass Cash.

f*ck Him.
  • - 1
 Andy-M- He wasn't bad for the sport. Every top rider during that time and even more recently, they were all doping. That is a part of the sport of cycling. Face it, the technology of doping will always surpass the means they test for and when gene doping becomes perfected, there will be no way to test it. But regardless of your stance on doping, it was the USADA that decided to erase 7 years of the Tour's past, not Lance. So putting the doping aside and him lying about it, I agree he is scum for suing all those poor people reporting the truth but as a journalist you've got to be ready to get sued just as much as a doctor has to. The benefits he did for the sport (making it insanely popular in the U.S. and in many other areas because of his performance), and for the millions he brought into cancer research on top of beating lung, brain and testicular cancer...

Sorry but he's still one of the greatest cyclists ever. All we found out from these interviews is the obvious truths that he did dope along with every other contender and he was a really big dick to some people.
  • - 5
 I feel very bad for him. All he knows is training and competition. He was Colorado state champion for XC in 2009. He did the Leadville 100 a few times. And now he can't even run a local race, or do a short triathlon. I'd love to see him compete again, and I think that he's learned his lesson about doping.
  • + 3
 I think bringing all this out in the open will actually help the sport. The general public had no idea what these athletes were actually doing. Now they do and the sports governing body will need to do a better job at making sure doping doesnt happen.
  • + 4
 mnorris- he won the Leadville a few times I believe. And yeah it's a harsh punishment but then again he is one of the most successful cheaters in sports so I'm not sure if it's fitting or not but they def. made an example of him which has been their goal for years now.
  • - 1
 @stevocxt there are speculation that LA did do some kind of doping during the 09 TDF. Also if it wasn't for him cycling would't be so big in the U.S.A. He jumpstarted the whole scene.
  • + 9
 A reporter was told to stop (investigating Lance) or get a bullet in the head in anonymous emails. How public is his email? Dunno. Did Lance have his email? Well they contacted him for interviews so you have to assume he did. I'm not saying Lance wrote the emails but, it IS a federal case being investigated by the FBI so it IS a pretty big deal. As to everyone doping I hope that the guy who came in 200th place who wasn't doping finally gets those yellow jerseys and all those cheating f*cks get what they deserve.
  • + 5
 I heard a small amount if any of the Livestrong money went to cancer research. Most of it just went into paying for his travelling around promoting the Livestrong campaign.
  • + 1
 "cancer awareness"? I'm pretty sure people were aware of cancer before 1999.
  • - 2
 diebel- most charities, including some of the most well-known ones such as Jerry's Kids, only take in about 10% of the donations for research into cures/treatment for which the charity is based upon. The rest goes into running the programs in which most of their budget goes towards public awareness a.k.a. advertising a.k.a. "campaigns". Sorry but I felt the need to stomp any stupid rumors that Livestrong is some sort of scam that Lance uses to travel around the world... which you seem to be implying by your post. It's nothing like that and no one should feel restricted from donating to a good cause.
  • + 2
 that first comment has prompted me to go get a livestrong band now
  • + 10
 Wow some of the pro Armstrong comments on here are the most I'll informed I've ever heard. I suggest you do some more reading on this "awesome" guy...

He is scum. Plain and simple.
  • - 12
 He's not an "awesome" guy, buddy. I believe, along with many other people on here, that he has done more good for the world of cycling and for cancer research more than any other athlete has done before.... and no it doesn't matter what he did to win those Tours because every other top contender was doing it. It was an even field for him, especially for him who beat testicular, brain and lung cancer. On top of defeating cancer, he also brought millions into cancer research so.. suck it. It's not only about the big picture of the sport but what he's done to bring attention to cancer research. Despite of what the obvious truth turned out to be, he still could not have done what he did without his will to preform, despite the performance enhancers that people may/may not suspect him being on. Lance did something amazing for the world of cancer and cancer research and it sucks that his foundation is the one that suffers most of all from his past mistakes. Everyone screws up, that is all. Leave it be and support those trying to make everlasting impacts on our society.
  • + 3
 @jclnv: Mr. Armstrong is scum. Our US-comrades comments - wonder what kind of informationprocessing deficit makes them not see the obvious?
  • - 8
 I wouldn't call it misinformation but more along the lines of avoiding the useless information that allows us to determine the greater good of an otherwise scummy situation someone pulled off.... which it does seem really obvious as to why you and everyone like you should let this case go into oblivion... honestly, why do you all care so much? it's just biking at the end of the day and it got all these millions invested into finding a cure for cancer so... why are you pissed again? Oh yes, the sanctity of the sport... right... yeah... have fun with that.
  • + 5
 Scott-townes - Livestrong do not donate at all to cancer research, this is a largely publicly funded area.
  • - 6
 GrandMaster- Reading comprehension is an amazing tool.... aka go watch the hangover part 2. Everything you need to know.
  • + 5
 one good action do not erase the bad ones....
  • + 3
 "Fact is from about 2006-7 onwards the the UCI (love 'em or hate 'em) has pretty much made sure all racers a clean. LA came 3rd in the 2009 Tour de France, although since revoked, pretty much proves he was still a pretty good athlete without doping."

This is what Pharmstrong and the UCI would have you believe but US anti doping have evidence to say he continued doping. The blood values from that Tour for example are quoted as having a one in a million chance of naturally occurring.

Lance wants to keep competing so the best he can do is try and look clean post 2005. It would appear he wasn't. Third place is a very good result considering the competition, the fact he was retired and the fact he was much older. 3rd is no proof whatsoever of clean riding!
  • + 9
 @scott-townes: Really? His cancer-fund is largely a publicity stunt and entrance fee to a class he otherwise would not be part off - and funds are usually channelled to a fund-managing company- not much ends up with research or people in need.

As the sanctity of sport - yes, damit - I want to see mind a n d body compete and not a pumped up partypooper-sociopath grabbing what is not his. He is tainted forever, no redemption - go to hell.

Sport is fairplay and gentlemen like behavior and first of all amateur. Professional-sport is an oxymoron.
  • + 0
 personally feel that this has turned into a bit of a witch hunt, by the general population who if it wasnt big news would show no interest in this sort of thing
  • + 1
 Scott-townes- let me ask you this, do u think live strong would be so bug if he hadn't won it 7 times? I think not, don't get me wrong, it would still be a charity, but there is so much less media attention for those that aren't in contention of winning it. So your argument dissent really stand. You can't also condone his cheating just cos the rest of the top guys are doing it, that's like going to an dh race and the top guys jumping the tape to miss out a corner, if u weren't in the top level, u would be f*cking annoyed! Plus anyone doing it would get disqualified... Now don't get me wrong, you have to be pretty special to beat cancer like he did, and for that I almost admire him, but what I can't fathom is why in most people when confronted with death in a situation like that, it humbles them, and yet LA thought the best idea was to dope...
  • + 2
 The thing is, as much as I hate to say this it isn't about what did off the bike for the world as a whole. I agree there is a strong utilitarian argument to support him, but professionally sanctioned events are done so for a reason. Many events, and MTB is the perfect example aren't large enough to pay for anti-doping at the venue, so they rely on lists from WADA UCI ex of banned riders to have at least a minimal amount of discouragement from doping.

I'd argue with the utilitarians out there that bike racing isn't about who was a better overall human being. It's about who is faster on a bike without cheating, and being an awesome guy (or not, its your call) is beside the point if you've cheated.
  • + 1
 yah he raised millions for cancer but do you guys know how many millions he kept for himself along the way
  • - 6
 He's a good guy who took some bad decisions
  • - 2
 why the hell is oprah doing this anyway?? i hate oprah more than i could possibly hate lance for any amount of cheating... lance was probably pissed when he heard he had to sit there with that old bag!! hahah i dont care that he admitted to cheating. lets hear about all the other people who were doping in those years ehh? but no one cares about them cause they didnt win 7 times. interesting.
  • - 2
 +4,000,000,000
  • + 1
 no one knows how much pressure he must of been under when doping, im sure he wastntrying to dissapoint anyone or lie to anyone, but thats what happens in a highly competetive sport, your under pressure to win
  • + 6
 Scott-towns, You must be very unaware of the facts to make the points you're making. Look up Simeoni and Bassons. Clean riders who spoke out against doping. Armstrong literally singlehandedly destroyed their careers. He is a scumbag bully of the highest order. It wasn't a level playing field either, Armstrong had millions from his insurance payout from Cofidis when he contracted cancer. With that money he paid 1 million to banned doping doctor Michele Ferrari to devise the most advanced doping program in the history of sport. Nobody else had the means or desire to go to those lengths. It's also strongly believed by many that Carlos Sastre didn't dope (Armstrong hated him) and if so he would have easily won a number of major tours. Let me ask you how you would feel being a guy like Sastre and seeing a cheat and sociopathic nut like Armstrong take a careers worth of wins and the wealth associated with it away from him?
  • + 2
 @scott-townes you clearly need to do more reasearch on this topic. As stated above minimal amounts of money actually go to cancer research, the Livestrong Foundations mandate is for cancer awareness. Please read what he has done to Paul Kimmage, David Walsh, Betsy and Frank Andreu, Greg and Kathy LeMond, Emma O'Rielly, Mike Anderson just to name a few. This has also affected the world of mtb as around 2004 sponsorship money was redirected from mtb into road cycling given the sports new found profile especially in the USA. He and his yet to be named assistants have put a wrecking ball through cycing's public image and ended peoples careers and livelihoods. He's only sorry he was caught and will go down in history as the greatest individual sporting cheat ever.
  • - 1
 www.livestrong.org

Also their finances are public so you can look for yourself. It's more than just an "awareness" program bub...
  • + 1
 I'm looking and I see nothing in their mandate or programs that relate to research. They are programs to assist those with cancer and have survived cancer. Please direct me to the relevant section, it is Monday morning so I might still be stupid that'll wear off by lunch time.
  • + 0
 Key words here, clinical trials... it doesn't have to outright say cancer research because there's a lot of branches involved with cancer research beyond guys dealing with chemicals in a lab.
  • + 1
 But I still don't see anything on the Livestrong site relating to clinical trials?
  • - 2
 You know on the front page where it says "WE CAN HELP" in massive bold letters? Yeah it's right below that, bud. And even if for some reason they're fibbing about that, go to livestrong.com because apparently another big thing they do is compensate people for their cancer treatments because in America, people tend to think that socialized healthcare is somehow a really bad thing....


Really, how can you guys be against this or think he's an insanely bad person? Yeah he's a massive dick and as people have pointed out that he could easily be responsible for destroying a few people's careers but in the big picture, the good he has done massively outweighs the bad... despite what you personally feel as to why he started his charity in the first place.
  • + 2
 If you read more than just the headline it's a clinical trial matching service, not providing funds for clinical trials. I'm not against canceer awareness or reasearch, what I am against is people making large sums of money under the guise of a charity. LA was paid for speaking appearances at Livestrong events, something I think should have been done gratuitously for someone in his position. On the cyclingnews forum read the account from a bus driver involved in a Livestrong charity ride where people paid $35k to ride with LA and received tax receipts for $25k, there were 100 people on this ride over two days, do the sums on that one.

BTW Our Meidcare system in Australia is excellent, it's still beggars belief why poeple wouldn't want a decent health system in place, it's a right not a privilege.
  • - 2
 He wasn't making large sums of money under his charity... he was making large sums of money under the cover of being Lance Armstrong through sponsorships and personal appearances (I wouldn't doubt if he was never paid to make an appearance under Live Strong because he was one of the board members plus their key "public relations" person aka backbone to the whole organization). He could use those trips as tax deductions but it didn't mean he was actually paid. And for those who paid outrageous amounts to ride with him, that went to the charity, not him personally. You probably don't get the concept of non-profit organizations but Lance never made anything to be considered "large sums of money" from Live Strong, or probably any salary from it. He could easily save more by claiming tax deductions for Live Strong-related expenses than skimming off the donations to the organization. Pardon the language but that's an insanely stupid thing to claim that he maid substantial amounts of money off of it. Again just pointing out some things, not defending the lying bastard.
  • + 2
 I do get the concept of not for profit as I actually have a finance/accounting background but thanks for checking. Fact: he was paid for that charity ride, they won't disclose what it was. Also do youself a favor and read these articles:

www.nydailynews.com/sports/more-sports/wheel-dubious-lance-charity-raises-ethical-flags-article-1.1190810 www.nytimes.com/2013/01/14/sports/cycling/lance-armstrongs-business-brand-and-livestrong-are-bound-together.html?pagewanted=all&_r=0.

It has been widely reported in a variety of media of the grey lines between the charity and a business. I never stated he made substantianal amounts of money so nothing insanely stupid was written. Your responses have been quite calm given your aggressive responses a week or so ago.
  • + 2
 No excuse for ruining peoples lives though is it.
  • + 0
 "...what I am against is people making large sums of money under the guise of a charity."

Oh ok...
  • + 0
 Despite the fact Lance did juice, it's most likely that the second and third place winners juiced as well and a while ago there was an interview with Lance's team that even other members had to use it because if they didn't, it was impossible to compete. So in reality all those races were just a bad for doping and were completely unfair for anyone who was honest and didn't juice
  • + 1
 I said large sums of money not substantial Smile , and I stand by that comment.
  • + 0
 Mitchelf- that is true. There's a great article in Bicycle Mag (I think that's the one) that goes into depth about this whole situation and part of it is a chart showing who they would give the yellow jerseys to if they decided to go that route and guess who was on the list? Ivan Basso, Kloden, Alex Zulle and Jan Ullrich (who was listed multiple years) and Beloki (who never admitted but was found "guilty" of doping.

It just sucks that this great cancer charity and all those brilliant moments during the tour that would go down in history as some of the greatest moments in cycling, is now tainted because Lance went all out on the "I didn't do it, sue you!" front.
  • + 1
 Scott-townes - that chart I think you're referring to is an excellent and damning visual of the extent of doping during that period. By memory it means cadel Evans should be the winner in 2005 from 8th position. I agree with your last comment as it was from 2000-2007 that I took a keen interest in the TDF and remember some of the classic stages eg Pantani v Armstrong on Mont Ventoux in 2000. Now I watch it knowing most were on the juice and it's almost depressing. I'll just shut it out and focus on downhill.
  • + 1
 There is one thing I find very interesting, in the first questions he admits but he is still the same person who did wgatever he had to do to win, legal or ilegal I dont argue about that now but when the questions went to his son and to back to racing the iceman broke completely and started talking about himself like if it was somebody else. Is he loosing it? and I dont mean this as a joke, I still respect and admire some things and dislike others but is he living in reality right now??
After seven months in bed and a very severe surgery all I could think of was race again and be with my sons so just imagine how somebody at his level of competition feels. Brainstorm is what he is living now.
Its up to you to feel sorry or be angry at Lance but he is living hell right now.

Go ride and enjoy it while it lasts
  • + 1
 Lance was doping even before he was on a pro team or had any external "pressure" to dope. His high schools football team is known for steroid use and he most likely started doping then.
  • + 0
 Right...because he played football? Nice one but you're assuming a little too hard there buddy.
  • + 1
 Scott-townes - I wasn't here to argue sorry, just it's a common misconception Livestrong donate to cancer research/clinical trials. They stopped donating to research (which includes trials, these are a major form of research) in 2005 and stopped accepting proposals to fund research in 2010.

I'm sure they do other things which help out cancer patients, I'm not saying they are bad or they don't do any good, but they don't donate to research and they say so themselves.

Oh and I agree with you about socialized healthcare - the NHS is bloody fantastic!
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  • + 28
 Buahaha - Nike and a f*cking bank have dropped him because they don't work with people behaving immoraly?

Anyway 2013 bike internet season has begun in an amazingly exciting way... I'm going to have a heart attack before Sea Otter Cycle Fashion Show...
  • + 9
 I don't think "amazingly exciting" is the right way of describing it. I would rather say "amazingly over-hyped BS made up only to promote stuff".

It's really getting boring. Half of the articles about Gwin changing teams was just made up guessing with no serious points and proof, now this about Lance is more serious but still over hyped...

I think that I'm changing my mind about hoping that the sport will grow.
  • + 2
 "I think that I'm changing my mind about hoping that the sport will grow" - heh I changed my mind on that issue some time ago, quality vs quantity - always. I am terrified that MTB and trails will see a surge of MTB wannabies that will do it because it seems to be a good way to be cool and as it is a relatively exclusive sport. Im all for bikepark and trail centers to contain those people and keep them away from proper wildlife areas. Good people always hear some meaningful vocation to get into whatever it is that they do, they appreciate all they are given by a passion and respect everything connected to it, the community and the environment. The more of those, the better!

But poser mob, please grow up before you try a bicycle on a singletrack or just stay in front of the TV watching drama. One of biggest downsides of current bike-tech, especialy those electric engines, is that certain people can now access areas, where they should have never come, even on foot.

It's all good, and it all has consequences... positive sure, but never delude yourself there are no downsides... if you know them, you can try to minimize them - for instance provide basic education for newbies. I will be doing skills clinics this year, and I really want to tell people that good riding, good skills keep trails in a good shape, and hopefully I will be able to organize trail-diggin days.
  • + 9
 The good thing about posers and bikes is.... biking is hard, uphil is hard, downhill is hard, jumping is hard, crashing is hard. Posers get weeded out pretty quick. They just provide some cheap parts on the used market. Its just like Sport bikes. Posers get a 1000cc, posers wrap the throttle open once, poser craps his pants, bike moves to the garage, bike gets sold for an excellent price on auto trader. As for Armstrong. Make him pay all the money back that he sued for, plus damages. Then let him compete, no drugs, no sponsors, nothing but him. Lets see how much of an athlete is actually in there.
  • + 1
 He entered the bike stage of a triathlon a few years back well ahead of the pack. Problem was the bike stage on this Hawaiian race was a MTB one. Needless to say he didn't win. Dunno how much of an athlete he still is but, he ain't no Mountain Biker.
  • + 2
 Actually, he was the Colorado state XC champion in 2009, and has raced leadville a few times.
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 Waka do you really think Nike the king of asian slave Labor and a bank have any morals dont be a chimp use that putty between your ears
  • + 2
 Smokeybar - and what do you think I meant with my comment? What was I having a laugh at?
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  • + 28
 Get this shit off the homepage. This man does not deserve anymore attention whether it be negative or positive.
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 I'm with you... but I think he is a pretty influential story, and I for one am really conservative in my principal based use of censorship.
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  • + 27
 How long until Lance signs with Specialized?
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 dafuq?
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 It's true he wants to go to Specialized because he wants to ride the same brand as Gwin. Lance has become a big fan of DH and feels inspired by Gwin's move to Specialized so he wants to follow in his footsteps. Expect to see Lance on an S Works in 2013.
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 So, Protour, does this mean that as soon as Armstrong lands this expected deal with Specialized, we can rest assured that Gwin will back out of his contract with Specialized virtually that very day? To follow your logic regarding why Gwin left Trek, Gwin cannot bear to be on the same team as a "cheater" like Armstrong, therefore he shall not be able to ride for Specialized in good conscience. I do wonder where Gwin will end up, and further still, how will he be able to stop Armstrong from following his new DH mentor from team to team?

I expect to definitely not see Armstrong riding Specialized in 2013.
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 Spesh do have a pretty good list of succcessful dopers on their bikes Wink

But then again pushing any bike in the pro peleton and trying to only have clean riders across all the sponsored teams is tricky...
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 The reason Armstrong confessed is because he has become a Christian after being inspired by Gwin; thats why he decided tuio tell the truth about his drug use. Gwin convinced him tuio get baptized without ever even preaching or talking to him, it's a pretty amazing thing and now Lance is clean as a baby in clean white cotton linen, completely forgiven. This is why Specialized will give him the opportunity to represent them on a top if the line S Works, probably in Livestrong colors, maybe even adorned with a cross. Jesus told us to forgive & forget, Gwin brings back Gwin with open arms...
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 Spooky......just.....spooky........
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 I meant to write Gwin brings back Armstrong with open arms...but seriously this is all a move for the future...for Lance's son Luke. Lance knows he has to clean his name for Luke to ever have a cycling career, and win the Tour de France (Lance's real long term dream after seeing Eli Tomac's success).so he did this half ass apology so he can be there to comfortably share in Luke's success.

Luke is the mythical figure in this trilogy of intrigue. Frozen as a baby sperm when Lance was diagnosed with testicular cancer, there is scientific speculation that he still has traces of performance enhancing drugs in his dna, along with superior athletic bloodlines (record setting VO2 max), good competitive instincts, he could be like Luke Skywalker in Star Wars and make up for his fathers ethical failures. Like rides a S Works to its first clean TDF title...give Gwin credit.
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 Protour, I cant decide if I love you or hate you..but damn if you dont have a great sense of Humor. I predict that in he next 3-5 years Lance will be everyones golden boy again, he'll have a ton of sponsors and be in the lime light all over again. Watch as he destroys the UCI and all others that knew of the doping and becomes cyclings hero once again.
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 Funny, the people saying "everybody did it." Ok, did everyone sue and ruin people's lives for trying to tell the truth? How would you people feel toward a person who was cheating at something you were not, then said person financially destroyed you after you tried to tell someone? You wouldn't think he was such a swell guy. The bullying is the out point here, not the cheating it self. Guy is a POS!
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 Ignoring the whole suing side of things, since when has "everybody's doing it" been an even vaguely legitimate excuse for anything. That argument is completely retarded.
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 I tell the police all the time that "everybody speeds". Hasn't worked for me ONCE!
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 The biggest cheats are the UCI. It would have been pretty easy for them to expose the truth a long time ago, but they always made it possible for him to get away with it!
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 and his sponsors probably knew as well but that's not their job to tell on their own athletes
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 An Oakley rep was allegedly present in the docs with the Andreus when he first admitted doping...
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 Oprah's on pinkbike!!!
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 God hes a dickhead sueing somebody for saying he was on drugs! and denying it when he was
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 I'm in to minds about him, people say he's still great, but was he ever really great. He cheated and ruined people's lives when people tried telling the officials, he sued any one in his way and with no regard for what effect it would have on the people he did it to, on the other hand he's done loads for cycling and with out him I'm not sure the sport would be where it is today, he's done a lot for cancer which is a good thing because cancer is very nasty and people need all the help they can get to deal with it so I admire him for that, but then again jimmiy savile did alot for charity and people no longer think he's a nice guy?

I just don't know what to think, however I think there maybe a very big sting in its tail for lance other than the ban and having to step down as chairman of his charity.
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 In no way can you compare Lance Armstrong to Jimmy Savile. You idiot.
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 @JRoe think about what you say before you post it, there is a difference between child molestation and taking drugs. Saville used charity work as a means get to vulnerable people. Charity is the only thing that lance has done that cannot be tainted in my eyes. I see the comparison in the sueing, as he did ruin peoples lives but he did not violate children. This is what infuriates me about the UK in general sometimes, the ignorance that if something is against the law it is bad and that its all of the same level.
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 LA did not just sue, he totally destroyed people's lives financially, leaving some in depression and other poor states of mental well being. Not to mention destroying reputations on which future life relies upon (and not just in a financial sense). JRoes point isn't too far from the mark in terms of totally wrecking many people's lives and future prospects.
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 I'm compareing him to jimmy savile because he was once regarded as a man who was great and did alot for charity's. Lance did aswell and I totally respect him for that, they both have unfortunately have done some bad things , clearly savile was Much worst but that just the comparison I chose. I apologise for any offence.
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 Saville and Armstrong is an interesting comparison. Not because of their crimes, which are worlds apart and in no way comparable, but because of things that went on around them. The suggestion that both used charity work to mask their activities, or that their circumstances allowed them to get away with it (the sleazy attitutes of the 1970's for Saville or the culture of doping for Armstrong), or that organisations around them failed to properly investigate, or the involvement of the press, both at the time and now that the facts have come out. It's all interesting stuff.
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 The only comparison I can make between Armstrong and Savile is that they were both powerful people. I don't think it's fair to say that Lance's charity work was purely a mask, having had testicular cancer himself I would tend to believe that he actually wanted to help. I think what you forget is that all of these organisations in one way or another are corrupt
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 The reason he got cancer was because he was on drugs. His first cancer doctors even told him so. Then after getting the cancer fixed he goes back to the same drugs that gave him cancer in the first place. A smoker who gets lung cancer and survives is more of a hero than he is, lol.
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 Where are you getting these facts from? 'Cancer Doctor' I mean sorry but you seem so poorly educated I can't even begin to take your reply seriously.
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 Rick Hansen is an "Awesome Guy". Lance is just a self centered liar. Some people (believe it or not) only do charity work for their own benefit, or to get attention to themselves i.e. look at me I'm so nice, give my charity money! (and then they pocket half in admin fees) Money for cancer research would have been better spent on so many other organizations, not liar strong.
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 Drugs are in ALL sports, Lance is just one man amongst hundreds of thousands of drug fueled sportsmen .... And i for one dont really care, even if he is an arsehole, the world is full of em anyways!
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 Exactly. It's kind of unfair that now he's stripped from everything, but the other 99% gets away.
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 Part of that 99% is wiggins, he criticizes other riders for doping and I'd love to see him get ripped apart as well just for an ironic moment but other then that i don't care, drugs or not the majority of athletes have nowhere near the dedication, work ethic and passion for the sport these guys do.
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 What's with the Wiggins hate? I hadn't heard any rumours of him doping? Let alone any proof?
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 because he's a ridiculously harsh critic of the other riders and he won the 2012 tour de france, hows that for proof? the only logical reason to insult the other riders is to take heat off himself, why else would you burn bridges?
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 what people don't realize is that every single tour de france contender and rider is probably doing the same exact thing. they're all blood doping and cheating. that's life.
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 He may 'burn bridges' because the riders he's insulting cheated and ruined the reputation of the sport he loves and earns his living from? That would get me pretty annoyed, and is the attitude that's needed from more riders to force a cultural change.

You only have to look at the stats about average output, speeds, etc to show that winning the TdF last year was not proof of cheating.

I'm not saying its definitely not still happening in some form, I am saying your original statement seemed unjustifiably vitriolic.
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 well I apologize if I have no issues seeing the dirty side of the sport, but if you can possibly think the guy at the top isn't doping then you probably need a reality check, I don't mind the doping, I like to see records broken but I can't stand hypocrites, if you want me to stop hating on Wiggins I can easily start on Lemond or any other hypocrite, hell didn't armstrong and landis both lash out about doping before they were caught?
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 The only drug in darts is beer Smile
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 Hes a cheat and a liar, the only good thing he ever did was raise big money for cancer and I know some people who took part in one of his runs and he showed up said a few words and left, no meet and greet or thanks to anyone. He's not even sincere in his interview and who knows how much of this is lies. I'm sure he has an agenda for him to go through all this because as far as I can see everything Lance does is for Lance
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 give us full interview in one clip please ..
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 if that happens I might actually watch it. But personally, I think this is just way over-hyped.
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 hype aside, its tiring to watch it piece by piece
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 I don't know why you're complaining about wanting the whole thing, this set of highlights is way better - you skip all the boring stuff and only have to watch what you want. Nevertheless, there's this thing called "Google," and it took about 4 seconds to find the full video if you really want it that bad.
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 Go to the Yo-ho bay.
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 Actualy Safari browser on my wives Mac redirects this page to Oprah OWN page - weird! I stick to PC it's like Nikon and Canon... you know which one's better right? You know it RIGHT?!
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 Link please I've yet to find the whole thing.
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 Full interview in first link: bit.ly/XNqQZI
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 Nice to see a human being in there, especially in the last clip. I don't know him, so I can hardly judge him, but I do feel for him. The guy built a world on a lie, and now it's all crashing down. Maybe it's because I'm an awfully competitive bastard myself, but it's not that hard to empathize with the set of circumstances that brought him to where he is now.
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 I cant bear that there are still people out there who admire this clown maybe they're the same with those suckers who wore those stupid bracelets few years ago.Nobody said that u can take steroids and win races from your couch, sure it involves doing some hard training as well but what is the morality of the sport turning to if you endorse these practices?Of course it could become legal if thats what you want and then u 'll be able to dope yourself to death for a gold medal
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 What a guy. So many people looked up to this guy and all he did was lie and cheat. I don't care how "hard" it was losing everything you have built off a lie. Sure the foundation is great and does amazing things but they are far better off not having ethical POS running their company. Worthless
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 To all those that think Lance is such a standup guy because he did so much good despite being a total crook, can't wait to hear watchu think of paedobear priests who pave the way for your path to heaven. One helped save a life, the other give you ever after life. What a quandary...
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 No, he should not be allowed to compete professionally again. He had numerous chances to come clean but instead he chose to go to whatever length necessary to keep his dirty little secret. He destroyed lives, careers, and dreams of dozens of people directly and who knows how many indirectly. He hurt the integrity of the U.S. Cycling team and the sport of cycling. The fact that he wasn't the only one doping is irrelevant. The fact that he won most competitions he entered is irrelevant. The fact that he raised cancer awareness is irrelevant. He should not be allowed to compete professionally because he has repeatedly shown that he is unable to handle the responsibility competition imparts on a professional athlete. He is and always will be a professional athlete whether he likes it or not. Any race or competition he enters will inevitably put him in a situation where he is given the responsibility that goes along with competing as a professional athlete and he cannot handle it.
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 I can accept and understand the reasons why he doped, and I applaud him for the work he did with Livestrong in promoting cancer awareness. However, as someone who loves cycling and has also been touched by cancer, I and many others like me inevitably put Armstrong on a pedestal of what cancer survivors could achieve despite the horrible indescriminate disease. So, exactly why did you continue to spin that lie to cancer sufferers/survivors for so long Lance, that's just plain cruel in anybody's book.
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 sorry to say lance has done so much shit on so many levels, what good he did he also used and abused for his cheating and destroying other peoples lives... no pity for him.
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 Never heard of this man until late last year when i saw a news item on BBC breakfast, it was an ex team mate grassing him up, since then i see the pressure certainly mounted to where he was basically in a corner and had to confess

i find it more interesting reading the comments and how polar the reactions are and how many can just be blasé or blinkered around some points where other are infuriated by them,
Its amazing how we all interpret his actions differently, some see him still as a good guy because of the charity work and ignore his actions towards those trying to expose him - while others despise the man for his actions against those very people and ignore/see through the charity side

This man and this situation has so much history now that there will always be people defending and people calling for him to be banished to HELL!!!! and really renders itself VOID as there will never be a unanimous decision - so therefore i determine IT AINT WORTH TALKING ABOUT any more and especially on this site
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 Take away his titles, take away his prize money, let him make up for all the lives he ruined and then les just forget about him. Not to send a message to other athletes but because it's the only right thing to do. Crying and saying sorry after all those lies is the only thing he can do, so sad and not a good way to show good sportsmanship. He knew this could happen if he was caught, now he should deal with it instead of crying on Oprah.
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 this sh#$ blows. lets hear about the trek replacement for Gwin and how the rest of the WC field is stackin up.
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 I wonder if Lance Armstrong ever used a livestrong bracelet to tie off???? Oprah really missed some key questions....
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 I'm not condoning what he did but lets face it during the years he was racing everybody used it. The Rabobank guys are starting to come clean now too. The sport of cycling hasn't been truly clean since the days of Fausto Coppi. Back then it was steroids not EPO. Coppi was once asked if he used La Bomba (steroids) and he said yes those who claim [that cyclists do not take amphetamine], it's not worth talking to them about cycling".
Lance Armstrong did what he did to win plane and simple and so did everybody else. To those who say he disgraced cycling I can only say he wasn't alone during those years. And sport was already disgraced by riders like Merckx and Coppi to name a few. Was it correct for them to dope no, but that was what the sport was like back then.
He did great things with his livestrong foundation that boosted the confidence of millions who suffer with cancer, there is nothing people can say that can ever undo that.
What was truly wrong was the people whom he sued around him but he and only he has to live with that an he has make amends with those he hurt.
People make mistakes may he who is with out any sins cast the first stone.
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 Well, this really is a shocking and sad story. But I have to say he is not a god, only a human and human can easily fail. Yes he did bad. On the other hand I fully understand he continued in the statement he did not dope - who would made a confession? Can you even imagine the pressure regarding sponsors, fans, people who trust in you.... this can do a LOT. Once you are in the wheel it just keep you in spins and still in the wheel - it is not nice of course, but yes I do understand.

What I don´t understand is that the sponsors wants they money back. In the days they gave him the money he was clean in eyes of world and he won. So? Will this trow dirt on them? I don´t think so, you will not beat Nike for this and I think in the times of sponsoring he did his job. Yes, not like an angel, but he did in my eyes and believe he brought many customers to his sponsors so I don´t think they have been robbed. Yes, their man get them dirty, but it is not a robbery.

Also, tell me how to many people did he (of course thanks to his organisation) helped, maybe saved life? Doesnť this count?

I mean, I don´t wanna apologize him. He failed, very very bad, theres no doubt. He really hurted people and sponsors and reporters and many more. But theres also no doubt he helped many people in the time he was a hero. The comeback after cancer...that saved lifes!
I believe nothing can be harder punishment than what we see here, 20 years under a pressure of big lie and now the confession. Ruined live, ruined friendships, ruined masses of believers. But

Isn´t this enough? Do you really need to stab a stick into a dead dog?

Do you see doping in sports where it is not about big money? Big sponsors? Just for have fun?
So who brings it into? The sponsors do. They need results, pushing the rider to get faster and faster and how that ends? Rider needs them so..... A man can fail.

So go freeride and let Lance die in calm and peace, he is not only bad and we can not judge him, only he can.
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 I've always been a massive Lance supporter. The tour has been a part of my formative years and 7 wins in that era... epic. When watching him on any stage you'd have that feeling like when watching Rossi, Stoner, Lorenzo in Moto GP, Schui, Vettel, Alonso in F1 that something special could happen. The special thing back then and now is his fight with cancer to come back to the top of his sport. We know why/how it was done now which leaves me feeling bitter and his ignorant arrogance is seemingly a victim of his own success and the pressures of top level cycling. Let be fair most roadies are utter nobs (i formally joined a roadie club, to many egos) but having determination in the face of cancer is essential! No excuse but its a fact! If Lance hadn't won the tour... would we have the exposure cycling has now? Miguel Indurain, Chris Boardman, Erik Zabel, Greg Lemond all amazing cyclist but it was the bang of Lance and the brand that gave cycling a shove and now we've epic riders such as Wiggins, Cavendish, Frome, Cadel Evans, Schleck's etc etc. No doubt he cheated... He's hurt the careers of people around him but i think we should all judge Lance on how he deals with the consequences of his actions. Lets be honest he's gonna get sued, he cant compete anymore... for some this wont be enough and rightly so for those hurt by all this! I'll still wear my Livestrong band because i know what it means to me.
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 What you do to your body is really none of our business....sooo let them do PEDs, even put motor one their road bikes...makes it more exciting to watch them on the road...cause you know it's kinda boring after the 1st few miles, except on the downhill sections!
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 One can't dope their way to being a great gravity or slopestyle rider (as far as I know) and that's why they should be Olympic sports.
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 Are you saying that muscle building for strength and recovery from injury and fitness don't play a big part in SS and DH? Dunno if you can dope for reflexes other than amphetamines. I agree that DH and SS require way more skill so that the benefits of doping would be less. I think the main reason we see less doping is that the money isn't there and that the culture is different. Lots of things in road cycling are there because of the cultural norms. Shaving their legs, wearing blood flow restrictive clothing, Drop bars, loud coloured clothes etc. Does anybody know the testing regimes, if any, in DH and SS? If they take hormones in the offseason would any of those tests even show it?
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 There are a group of drugs referred to as speeds. They work pretty well believe it or not. It is sad, but someday it will happen.
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 As posted in the first article, a top enduro rider was caught at Megavalanche and is currently serving a doping ban:

wideopenmag.co.uk/news/17368/doping-hits-the-mountain-bike-scene

No rider named but lots of speculation online...

singletrackworld.com/forum/topic/enduro-rider-caught-doping

The governing body should name and shame, why protect them? It saves the speculation which may well be aimed at the wrong guy. Even the sponsors of te alleged rider do not know about this and I suspect most of the MTB community haven't heard of it either. Just because MTB are keeping things pretty quiet doesn't mean it isn't happening!
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 It almost makes me feel so sympathetic to him at he first video- you could see almost the tears in his eyes. It is a disappointed and mistaken person. That is what I see when I look at him as a human being. As a sportsman he just took it a bit too far- destroyed people on his way, brought media and other sportsmen to their knees... While simply being guilty and denying it like crazy. As a sportsman- he is a legend. Build on lies and cheating. As a human being- he is a legend. With a MASSIVE cross he has to carry now.
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 You cant make a race horse out of a pony,he did what ever it took to win.He was such a great athlete and done a lot of good threw LIVESTRONG. I have mixed feelings about the whole thing.I wish Lance luck and wish him well. I am grateful for LIVESTRONG, It helpe my family and i get threw some bad times.
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 HE CHEATED THE SPORT AND GOT CAUGHT..MAN UP AND TAKE RESPONSIBILITY FOR YOUR ACTIONS
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 he kind of did. he stepped away from livestrong. did you now watch all the clips? what would you have him do?
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 kill himself.
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 rangemaster- I would not say LA "stepped away from Livestrong". He was forced away. There was no other option. LA is continuing his PR circus to try and get as much pity as possible in this time of desperation for himself in order to try and be competing again soon. He has only admitted as much as there is over whelming evidence for. If he wants to help then he should come clean about Dr. Ferrari, Johan B, doping methods, how he avoided detection, how future tests could be improved, make ammends with those whose lives he has destroyed, etc, etc etc. Far, far more he can be doing than some carefully planned non-interview
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 Yeah. And after he dose all that, he should kill himself.
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 BearlessMarinRider, fair enough. I don't follow road cycling at all, but what you bring up makes a lot of sense. It would make the sport cleaner.
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 I would like to see him be allowed to race again just to see how well he performs without all his doping. Some people say even though he was doping he's still brilliant. Well, let him race again, test the shit out of him every hour if need be. See if he can make it back up to the big races, to that high standard and level and win without doping. He should do this for all his fans and the people he has let down as a way of properly apologising to them.
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 I wonder why he came clean now, maybve it has something to do with being paid by a certain TV company, he wouldn't have said anything otherwise. For that reason he deserves to be banned for life for competing in any form of competition. Your the biggest excuss for a waste of space on this planet and I don't even care about road racing.
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 The hatters ou there should be upst about the crap being done to the crops with GMO and the water tables being destroyed. The ocean and the dumping of chemicals that has something to do with you what he put in his body is not a big deal. If you want get pissed off and do some good go afer monsanto. Save the ocean stop eating crap that comes in a box or a bag hat has chems that will give you cancer. Hate the drug companies who are killing us by hording all the good reseach and only releasing what they can put a patent on. It is more profitable for you to be sick and need meds than to be heathy. They can only profit on what the can patent. If thee reserch leads to a mineral deffincey they wont tell you because its more profitable to let you dye taking there crap. So hey if you want to get pissed off great let change the world but if all you can do is call a guy a bunch of names for cheating in a bike race. You are missing out and the wold could use your rage just focus it on something that really matters. Like your food supply.
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 Well this 'process' as he keeps putting it is about to get a whole lot worse. There will be many lawsuits against him now for libel, loss of earnings, to reclaim the costs of lawsuits that were won when he sued people, not to mention potential federal charges from the US Postal team as well is possible jail time for several counts of purjery... This is going to get very messy, very quickly!
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 Pretty pathetic that people have to blindly hammer the guy when he did so much for a terrible disease and helped so many. I have met the guy, rode mt. bikes with him in Vermont and while he did some pretty harsh stuff to people "in the way" .....he helped out many many people and gave many seriously ill and dying people the hope (and money) to fight on against their odds. Yes, he cheated, as did most others....and that doesn't make it right, but once again he is human and has a fierce competitive nature which led to his mistakes. He brought more people into bicycling in this country alone since the dawn of the bicycle itself. Arrogant or not, if you are a cyclist, he deserves some respect for what he has done for people and bicycles, prior to the scandal.
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 why do so many people think it was ok just because so many had cheated also???!!! The rules don't state that " the more people cheating will nullify any and all cheating". Next time you get pulled over by the police for speeding you should just tell them that everyone else does so why pick on me.....see how that goes for you. The UCI still has been pretty quiet because they were the ones that knowingly allowed it for dirty money in exchange! they should be ripped apart to. They are as big if not bigger douches than Lance.........just say'in
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 Road Cycling hurts the biking industry. It only shows who the best at exercising is, who uses the most illegal substances, and fails to provide any real entertainment. It is only pulling the industry further away from real skilled bikers.
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 Here I will post this again since it seems to have been removed from when I posted last night...

Dope or no dope Lance Armstrong's jerseys were earned with a lot of hard work. A large portion of his competition was doping during that period and he was hands down the best doper. What bothers me is that it is only the top athletes that take the big hits when it comes to doping. Look at Barry Bonds, that dude took all the crap but what about the other guys who were juicing?! That's right nobody cares because they didn't make it to the Bonds/Armstrong level. Roids are a huge part of almost all professional sports that are physically demanding. I have much respect for Armstrong because even if I were given all the sterilroids in the world I would never win a Tour de France.
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 We should not talk about him. Wether cancer or something! He s a criminal!
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 Bully,cheat,liar,fraud,and all round low life in general,amongst other things. This guy is a waste of space and needs to get over himself. BORING FAIL.
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 Mr. Burkat. Did you pull this article directly off of Oprahs website, including each video clip and explanation before the clip? Each explanation reads exactly like Oprahs except that you added one two sentences at the end and all the clips are exact the same as the clips on her website.... Is that good journalism? You could've just posted the link to OWN and let Oprah get the credit for the clips and explanations because your article is isn't saying anything new or different.
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 Simply put, Lance Armstrong should spend time in a federal prison.
Unfortunately all of his achievements are overshadowed by illegal, unethical and self serving behavior.

#1 Perjury. His recent admissions indicate he has perjured himself, repeatedly.
In the United States, under Federal law, the general perjury statute provides for a sentence of up to 5 years in prison, 18 USC 1621.

#2 Criminal misrepresentation and fraud.

All of the companies that paid him ten of millions of dollars were defrauded.
Illegally obtaining money from (someone) by deception. A misrepresentation need not be intentionally false to create liability. A statement made with conscious ignorance or a reckless disregard for the truth can create liability. Nondisclosure of material or important facts can result in liability.

#3 Harassment / Frivolous litigation.

A harassment lawsuit is a case brought before a judge because a party has been harassed. If the party who files the lawsuit is able to prove his case, stiff penalties may apply for the accused party. A person who is convicted of harassing another may go to jail. In some cases, however, the penalty is monetary in nature, and the defendant ends up paying a fine or compensating the plaintiff in some other manner.
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 lance should be sentenced to five years of mail delivery on a bike
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 Regardless of the doping in the pelaton. Lance lied under oath, threatened and harassed others that told the truth under oath, and sued people and agencies that were telling the truth and he knew it. When someone spoke the truth, he attacked and lashed out and tried to discredit their character and destroy their lives. That's wrong. No matter how you spin it. He should be punished in a court of law and most likely will be in the near future.
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 In this day and age there aren't too many professional sports where there isn't some kind of performance enhancing drug use. What it comes down to is who has the best doctors to hide it. Ultimately what do 99.9% of professional atheletes, teams, team owners, etc. want? To be the best of course, and they do whatever it takes to get there. That is what seperates the pros from the joes. What does the public want out of their favorite teams, atheletes, etc to be happy with second place? I'm guessing not. I'm sure there was a lot of American pride from fans when Lance won all those yellow jerseys, did the fans care much about what it took to get him there or was it more important that he was number one? Did all of the sponsors float him fame and money because he was good at coming in tenth place? Trashing the journalists aside, I think Lance did what was necessary to be the best. The fact he was an an icon in the sport just made him a bigger target, but at the end of the day it's no secret that doping was commonplace in the Tour De France, but did that stop people from watching it and wanting their countries, teams, riders to win? Probably not. I think the Olympics would be pretty damn boring without new records being broken every time they were on. And how does that happen? From the athelets drinking milk and eating their "wheaties" I'm sure.
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 I for one was under the impression that donations to LIVESTRONG were going being funnelled directly into hard scientific research to fight cancer. It appears that I was wrong. I wonder how many people actually knew that LIVESTRONG only promote caner awareness and do not donate 1 cent to hard science! It appears the "charity" were quite happy to let the public believe that donations were going to science. I am not saying that livestrong haven't done any good for cancer sufferers, but this whole organization reeks of corruption in my opinion. I hope the IRS go through the books with a fine tooth comb and I hope everyone that Armstrong agressively sued over the years counter sue this cheating remorseless idiot.
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 I bet there's a book deal waiting or in progress. He'll make millions off it. I'm not buying it though. Acting maybe?
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 What's the old adage, "If everyone were to jump off a cliff, would you?" To negate the depth and energy he employed to deceive and destroy on all levels, and then call him a great man is ludicrous. What was that he said about a "Death sentence"? Can you be any more melodramatic?
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 Lance is a public figure. While cycling and doping gave him fame and fortune, the many people in his life in the cycling world don't mean nearly as much to him as his charity and his children, as is evident in the interview. That's what should matter the most to him, and it does. To all of those out there who think his apology wasn't "good enough"...it doesn't matter what you think. It doesn't matter what anyone thinks except God and his family. Though I don't agree with his actions over the past 13 or so years, I do applaud him for trying to make amends in his life as do many who screw their lives up. He inspired many back in '99...hopefully many can learn from his mistakes. It's easy for people to sit back and judge others when they haven't walked a day in their shoes.
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 Again Chuck Norris never doped...........
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 You can use the excuse that everyone was doping then but he did actively try to persue, bully and decimate anyone who tried to expose the truth. This demonstrates the type of human character he has. If he cared so much about his charities he would have stopped dragging them down with him in his lie. He's arguably done more damage to these charities then good. I can't believe that some people still think of him as awesome.
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 Everyone who paid this guy to ride his bike paid him to win. He did. He came back from cancer, no shit, and then raised millions to fight it. It's unforgivable the way he pursued his detractors and anyone who stood in his way, but did anyone really believe this guy? I'd still like to see him race against the Vanilla Gorilla at Leadville obviously on his mountain bike.(Trek?). We are lied to all the time, every minute of the day, this story just never really did add up. He should be remembered as one of the most fierce competitors in any sport of any time wether you agree with his methods or not.
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 All of this could be avoided by just having a doping league. Let em go at it. Roids, Meth, Blow... whatever goes. Would be some great entertainment.
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 If you have to cheat to win, you have won nothing...
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 Now the yellow rubber bracelet becomes a symbol of shame and deception.
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 Ok Ok wait a Minute... Yeah sure Armstrong doped. He became very wealthy and famous off on this actions. He also raised a heroic amount of money by doing what he did and being involved with the livestrong assosiation. I'm not saying what he did was right by any means, but look at the NFL today. Do you honestly think a huge portion of that sports athletes aren't taking illigal sport preformance inhancing drugs? Hell yes they are. But the thing thats bothering me is although they are still donating some to charitys, they are using it to mainly get rich for themselves and none of that sport is getting chewed out for it. But over here we have one man, by himself getting the shit kicked out of him for doing the exact same thing just in a different sport. What do you guys think?
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 destroyed sp many other riders riding lives, no one remembers the lads that finish second. almost seems like he has a split personality in interview too. not a fan, just my opinion.
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 Is it just me or is his body actions very fake and rehearsed? I'm not exactly a psychiatrist but ye...
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 Oh those poor journalists that he sued. All they did was follow him around 24/7, paparatzi style his whole career, proding into his every move. I feel so bad for them...............NOT
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 yes - for good reason it seems, but i assume it was not paparazzi style journalist as they are only interested in quick stories, i assume the ones he buried in the courts were ones who investigated and researched into what he did and tried to ewxpose him, there is a massive diff between paparazzi and Journalism
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 Guy's a doucher like most roadies ive met. And what does roadie shanigans have anything to do with a gravity oriented mountain bike website like pinkbike? Are you guys gonna be covering cyclocross next?
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 its a cycling site. not just downhill site. thats why there are xc and trials forums, as well as road and bmx in the buy/sell... and dont hate on the roadies. all they want to do is ride their bikes just like you do...
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 I think the keyword here is "Gravity Oriented".
PB's for bikers of all kind, but it's well and truly geared towards Mountain Bikers.
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 ill agree with that, i just don't like how people hate on the roadies is all. i do a mix of both, and i have friends that stick with one or the other, all cyclists are just people who love to ride.
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 " all they want to do is ride their bikes just like you do..."

I see we haven't met too many roadies. Or the majority of the XC population, for that matter.

Cause when I talk to them, it seems be far more about A: bragging about how awesome you are. B: Telling all the other kinds of riders how wrong their way of riding is.
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 fair point to you. ive met people like that too. its sad really. im just speaking for the majority of riders. every discipline has those a-holes when you get groups as big as the disciplines are. and yes, downhillers are generally more chill than others, but in the end, everybody should just love to ride.
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 Downhillers are more chill than others? Please. Just browse around Pinkbike for 5 minutes and most comments are about how downhillers are better than any other kind of cyclist. 26 is better than 29. Roadies are lame. XC-weenies are lame. Blah blah blah. Icremin, you're right when you say there's a-holes in every discipline.

There's also lots of good people in every discipline too.
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 Well I don't think it's too far of a stretch to say that the "elitist behavior" is mostly found in the Roadie scene. I've run into a few Roadies in real life that have given me and my bike the stink eye while they ride past me (in packs, always in packs) all wearing lycra.
Whereas the DH scene is chalked full of douchebags with the "too cool for you" attitude. They're laid back, sure..but that comes at a cost. Plenty of "Meat Rockets" or total Scene kids rocking Snap-backs and large trucks (for shuttling yo). It all has ups and downs.
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 But I love roadie bashing. I also love XC bashing too. I love riding road bikes and XC bikes but, my road bike had bull horns trigger shifters and eggbeaters. I rode it on footpaths, cut across grass, bunny hopped up kerbs and skitched cars with it. When I ride XC I flow and attack I don't set some boring monotonous pace with a bunch of guys like we were in a peleton. Spandex, drop bars and brake shifters don't just look stupid they aren't as functional as what we use. They are all part of a bad fashion joke. Roadies and offroad roadies are all a serious joke that leads to stuff like doping. Have fun and stop being such competitive arseholes.
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 Please explain how "Spandex, drop bars and brake shifters" aren't as functional in road riding. Who is the fashion victim here?
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 all of you please just relax about it! this is what i meant, everybody has their own opinions about riding, but what do all of you like to do? RIDE. to the roadies, if you feel that wearing spandex makes you proform better, wear it and dont take crap from nobody, to the downhillers, road and xc are a different type of riding, just because they dont wear pads and full face helmets doesn't mean its not riding. everybody needs to just chill, and ride whatever they like, however they like, with pride.
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 This is a person whom cheated, lied, bullied, persecuted people and contributed in great length to corruption in journalism and bicycling.

He deserves to be remembered by the help he did through his foundation but not as a a great cyclist because he wasn't one.
Could he have won any title without doping, or is he a person with a remarkably physical and mental strength which don't need the help of illegal substances to stand above the rest? probably, but we are never going to really know that because he won every single Tour the France cheating and that's the real tragedy.
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 Think the most honest moments are of him talking about confessing to his son.
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 He may have started the cancer foundation and donated lots of money into cancer research but that doesn't excuse cheating and being a bully and suing people when he KNEW he was a liar.

If I could justify doing something bad because I offset it doing something nice...well then I'd getting away with a lot of bad shit.

This may not be as bad but the principle is the same: The mafia makes tons of money off of crime and drugs/weapons yet they do donate to many charities and help the community. Does that make the mafia not so bad?

Lance was rich and he was in the public eye of course he's going to donate money to cancer HE'S A CANCER SURVIVOR.

I guess I would give him maybe .5% credit if he started a charity that had nothing to do with him and built it from the ground up. However, Lance did it when he was popular, successful and in the public eye. Trust me it's a lot easier to do.

So please don't excuse his actions just because he started Live Strong. It has no relevance to his crime.
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 i bet having to tell your son not to defend you again, that must be a hard thing to do.
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 I would say take his other nut, and he can continue to compete. But only in Bike messenger races, 4x and DH racing, just for spectator enjoyment.
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 And eaven if he used doping, why a lot of u here are so smart and just yelling at him, U can go try doping by yourself and i wish u good luck to make some achievments like he did, or Yeah maybe just take some injections and u suppuse u will just win tour de france by doing nothing hhm... i don`t think so Wink But u can try Big Grin
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 All the Hatters talking shit about Lance are all losers you have to look at him a respect what he has gone through. If you cannot see the good and the Bad at the same time then you cannot see. I am sick of hear shit about this from Non athalets and from loosers. Do one workout at his level of intesity after doing Chemo and then talk shit until then Shut The Fullk up Seriously you all feel bad for who his teammates the tossed him under the bus. Some journalist prick that was trying to make a career out of taking him down. Feel let down upset duped whatever but keep it respectful for any human to pull themselves up after a killer like cancer. And then do what he did and bring that kind of focus and determination. No you keep it respectful. I dont care if you make him your hero but F oof with the disrespectful name calling and crap
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 when sports becamed a business, this is what happens... everybody´s a crakhead
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 Let the man compete clean he at least deserves a chance to Prove himself. Why does the media always look toward the negatives lance has done far more good than bad! As for the doping it was almost unavoidable at the time (not saying its right) . This whole thing has been as per usual over hyped by the media.
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 This is the way I see it. Lance truly (at least seems) remorseful. I don't think it's right that just because it's taken longer to come out that his punishment should be any longer than the others who were caught doping....
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 Just so everyone knows I'm rocking the Live Strong wrist band and I rode it on my bike.
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 Straight bro !! As you should, and I did as well....he did a lot for many regardless of the doping denials.
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 Cant wait to see what 2013 tour de france times will be.They might match the times from the1950's!
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 hell yeah he should be able to race again , yes give him a ban , but only for 6month like the rest 12month tops , every top sport athleate in the world in all sports take some kind of enhancing drug , its not the end of the world, considering how much he has done for cycling and cancer awearness this should stand highly in his favor
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 One of the most intelligent posts here mate !!
Agree completely !! He is going to be in some legal trouble, as he should be....but for what he has done for many other sick and dying people.....it is hard to "hate" the guy.
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 It's always easy for society to blame the front man. People in high places had his card. And for whatever reason, it was tIme for them to pull it.
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 There is a large web of lies here and LA is still protecting people whom might still yet help him compete again soon...
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 "all's fair in love and war" right? competition is a kind of war- against losing.
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 can we stop paying so much attention to this issue?
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 once a cheater always a cheater.. oh yaaa and a dealer and a liar hes a fuckin goof, im sure allot of ppl want him striiped down to the bitch he realy is gooooooof
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 So the feel sorry for me interview is done and now the man will hope no law suits will follow.
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 no companies will sign him again because it will be bad for business because who wants there product associated with a person who cheated (no hate to him)
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 What a jerk! He suckered people into contributing hard-earned dollars towards cancer research. They should sue for their money back Razz
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 6 month suspension from competition, just like everyone else. Then he get's to race whatever he wants again. That's what should be happening here. The guy has paid beyond enough. You don't curb stomp someone when they are already down, especially for stealing candy from the Seven Eleven. We are not a third world country here.
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 He won seven times in a row because he cheated. He is famous because he won. He is rich because he is famous. Taking away what somebody never should have had is not curb stomping somebody when they are down. It is doing the right thing.
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 The lifetime suspension isn't for the fact that he did what a lot (maybe even most) of the others he competed against did. The lifetime suspension is for not doing the right thing when he got his second chance like everybody else and it is bloody well deserved.
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 it was wrong when king kong and lance armstrong puffed on my bong
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 Hi got what he deserves its funny that people still defend him obviously we don't know full story only he knows what he did.
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 Piss on you armstrong, you were a dick and you got caught, suffer now.
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 I think we should give him as much drugs as he wants and let him race............. come on people, he really really likes drugs!
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 Give is the whole story.... not just bits and pieces!
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 (Hulk voice) LIVE STTTRRRRROOOONNNNGGGGGGG!!!!!!
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 Funny how suddenly everyone here is a road cycling expert who knows all the truth to conspiracies
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 He should be made to eat a full bicycle! Even though its not possible, the stupid dickhead
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 its UCI failure. ..road cycling shouldnt be in 2 wheels party! yaeh
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 Just a personal tragedy. Shadowed by the professional disaster. Shame. Life goes on.
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 Let him compete, he's clearly learnt his lesson, just let him enjoy his years as a triathlete and as a bloody fit 40+ year old man. He's been punished enough.
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 If he lost his balls to cancer he would not produce testosterone. taking drugs would just bring him to normal levels...wouldnt it?
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 I personaly think that he is an idiot and i am glad he got what he deserved.. cheating for all these years.... Yea im glad he go the shaft for this.
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 Im wondering how many millions he made from doing this interview..
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 Boring!!!! and love road riding weird eh!
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 Lance did "cheat his way to win, but who wasn't cheating? from my understanding, the riders that Lance was going up against were doping as well.
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 When everyone jumps off a cliff I'll be listening for your thud next then?
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 TouchUrselfSlowly the point isn't that everybody cheated that point is what everybody did when it was time to come clean. He like a lot of others got caught. Those others came clean and accepted their punishment (a 6 month suspension in most cases) but LA chose to hide what he did behind money, power, and intimidation. That is why he needs to be banned for life, because even when it was all over and he was given a second chance along with everybody else he continued to do the wrong thing.
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 well that escalated quickly. lol
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 People need to just leave him the hell alone..hes a human. He made a mistake. If you corner a lion, you will get taken out. All those people that got sued or destroyed by him, chose to fight that battle!
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 so your saying dont pick a fight, with someone thats not afraid to grab your nutz and twist? thats what lance did when someone spoke the truth against him, f*ck all the shit he started AFTER he started to dope, he did not have anything to do precancer,

like someone earlier said, the innercities have the drug dealers do the samething and the mofia does the samething too.

boyko as a competitor i find it funny that you dont care that somone is gettting the prize money and support that another rider deserved.

and before somef*cking retard says that it was a level playing field shut the f*ck up , maybe 1 person on this entire mtb site has actually raced in the pros against someone like lance, racing pro in a local cali race doesnot count as a real pro team or race
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 RadBike13 - they didn't choose to fight, they chosed to tell the truth and were persecuted by LA and his vast resources. From a comment like that I seriously doubt you've done any reasearch on these people. Do youself a favour and look up Mike Anderson's story, he's only one of many.
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 what an awesome athlete we don't want and don't need athletes like lance
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 Fuck this goof. I bet he steals bikes too.
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 megalomaniac
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 They ALL do it !!!!!
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 "At the time"......... Lol
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 I saw the full interview yesterday night on TLC
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 how intresting, a rich %µ^*¨% talking to a rich %¨*£µ£ earning even more mone£ while talking about drugs...
i ll stick to the monsters and from time to time ill stick to a sticky ^^
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 why do i hate oprah?
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 Cant believe I just read all those comments. Back to MTB now .....
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 Nice jerseys.....is that a blood stain???
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 All these clips are the same thing
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 I guess he just didnt have the balls to compete clean.
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 Should Lance Armstrong be allowed to compete professionally again? yes
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 I wonder if Lance Armstrong believes in God or that he is.
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 thank you pinkbike for this, for me the Lance's situation is like a black and white situation, he cheated a lot and lie for many years, but a i just cant think that he's a bad guy. I mean in road cycling, the use of banned substances is very common and he just have caught by it like many others..
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 In the end hes still an awesome athlete, he should be competing, go lance
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 heh, "highlights"
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 Damn I hate Oprah.
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 Where can we find the full interview?
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