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Armstrong stripped of titles, do we care?

Posted Friday, August 24, 2012, at 9:02 AM

So Lance Armstrong has given up his fight against the powers that be in the cycling world. They claim he has doped based on various testimony to the fact. He has passed 500 different tests to detect doping as administered by the governing body. Armstrong Thursday chose to walk away from the fight and leave the distractions behind him in order to focus on his foundation work. He has been stripped of his seven Tour de France titles. Do we really care? About as much as I cared when American lost the America's Cup in boat racing. We know, he knows and those he beat know who won those races. All the good work he's done in cancer research advocacy and awareness far outweighs this cycling world's ability to try and erase the world's memories and re-write history. Did he dope? The debate will rage on among the limited few who care.

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Think about this: The Feds...probably the most deep-pocketed and powerful investigative agency in the world, dropped the case for lack of evidence. And yet, the USADA, with no subpoena power, limited resources, and a very sketchy claim to jurisdiction in the case; claims to have overwhelming evidence?

I don't buy it. I think that LA is sick and tired of fighting it. The doping whack-a-mole game wore him down.

I watched him win. I watched every other challenger get busted with drugs. They still couldn't touch him and despite their best efforts...he never tested positive.

-- Posted by Paul.Dalen on Fri, Aug 24, 2012, at 10:11 AM

And if more people DID care about cycling, perhaps our country wouldn't be facing an obesity epidemic that is going to shorten life-span expectancy for the first time in 150 years.

-- Posted by Paul.Dalen on Fri, Aug 24, 2012, at 10:12 AM

I think many people are tired of the powers that be trying to knock down every individual who accomplishes great things in their life. After passing so many drug tests it is time to let him be and share his greatness in other ways...If the media chose to not report all this sensationalism it may be different. AND not caring about Armstrong isn't the reason America is obese..it's from sitting in front of TV or your computer reading this stuff...just saying!!

-- Posted by ruthventaxpayer on Fri, Aug 24, 2012, at 10:35 AM

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