Friday, August 24, 2012

Lance Armstrong Investigation: Favorite Quotes from the Press

There is a ton being written about Lance's decision to not fight the allegations that he was a fraudster during his cycling career. I've decided to collect my favorite quotes here with links to the articles...

From NY Daily News:
Three-time Tour de France champion Greg LeMond now becomes the only American man to have won cycling’s hardest race. LeMond declined to comment, but his wife, Kathy LeMond, issued a one-word statement on her Twitter account: “Finally.”
 From the Guardian:
The moral of the story is that if a cyclist looks too good to be true, then he probably is. But if a cyclist looks too good to be true and has an entourage of lawyers, press flaks, doctors and bodyguards, then he definitely is.
...There may be some small fraternity of true believers who still need the master-narrative of the heroic cancer survivor-turned-sports superstar and still cling to a conviction that he could have beaten the rap if the world had not conspired against him. 
 From VeloNation's interview of Travis Tygart of USADA:
On whether he was surprised that Lance decided to quit fighting the allegations: No, I think it was our expectation from the beginning. He knows all the evidence as well and he knows the truth, and so the smarter move on his part is to attempt to hide behind baseless accusations of process. 
On whether Tygart expects details of the USADA's evidence to emerge: Yes, absolutely…at the right time. Obviously there are other cases that are alleged to be involved in the conspiracy. Their cases are still proceeding, so it will be in due course.
From a VeloNation article showing that Johan Bruyneel lives in another world:
“I hope that it will soon be determined that the case that USADA initiated against me should never have gotten as far as it has...”
That's all for now. As I said yesterday, I don't think this is close to over yet. Lance is still going to fight USADA's right to sanction him. He's hoping he can get the jurisdiction put in the UCI's court. Of course, if the UCI were to try to drop the charges, I think WADA could overrule them. I think Lance's chances of winning this race are slim but it will probably take years to sort it all out. Not to mention the plethora of lawsuits that are going to be filed against Lance in the next few days as organizations try to get money from him because they were defrauded.

Unfortunately, Lance Armstrong and cycling's doping history will be big news for years to come.


  1. Apart from SCA and the two media companies that had to pay settlements to him after losing court cases (now proven to have been based on false testimony), I can't see Lance being sued by many individuals or organizations, if any. And especially not ASO, who can't want the shame of having to recalculate 7 years' worth of TdF results...

  2. Some of those TDF wins would have to go to cyclists that finsihed out of the top 6! Ulrich does not deserve any hand downs as he was on the same programme as Lance,maybe not as helpful but...still a cheat.