Cycling  > General Cycling  > Lance Armstrong, and how to save Pro Cycling
June 14, 2012, 03:19 PM
Been writing about this crap for years (I was an Amateur cyclist before, during, and after my military career for 30+ years), and how cycling can along with other sports, solve this stupid drug topic that always rears it's pathetic head.

I've been saying ALL THIS TIME to make enhancers LEGAL in sports. In other words you want to inject steroids, EPO your body, or live in a altitude capsule for whatever reason, then do it. It's your body, if you want to endanger yourself in the coming years, that's on you. All this just so you can make a few bucks and then die in your 30's, 40's, or 50's (depending on your drug of choice!).....again, that's up to you.

WHY, seriously..why should there be a governing body to tell people what is okay to eat, drink, or shoot up just to keep law and order in sports. If it were all legal, every man/woman for him/herself, then where's the problem?! I say F-it! Allow everyone to "juice" anyway they see fit, and if down the road they drop dead from doping.............

As for Lance and EPO suspicions, what surprises me is that the U.S. is out for blood on one of it's own, and the "Frogs" (French) are not. Umm, somethings not right here. It has all the appearance of a witch hunt, by people who suffer from low self esteem. Do I believe he's a cheater.......YES I do, but I don't care. WHY? Because EVERYONE was doing it, and some got caught, and others were just better at it, and one step ahead of the drug cops. So Lance, don't even give a rat's ****, just take your millions and Livestrong!!
June 17, 2012  03:39 PM ET

I'll take a "No Response" to my message board as a confirmation of my opinion...Thank You! LOL

June 18, 2012  04:02 PM ET

http://www.cnn.com/2012/06/15/opinion/pearlman-lance-armstrong/index.html? hpt=us_mid

It's going to be one of the biggest downfalls in sports history when this is over.

June 19, 2012  09:59 PM ET

After the Roger Clemens crap....seriously, who cares now.

August 24, 2012  11:17 AM ET

***NOTE***

The SAD part of all this is he did exactly what he said he would do, and NOBODY other than me I guess listened. I knew about all this LAST YEAR when he stated in SEVERAL interviews he was tired of the BS, and wouldn't fight the sleaze ball charges against him. Whether he did, or he didn't, nobody should care in the long run. This is OLD NEWS, and if you were paying attention like you were suppose to be earlier, you wouldn't be giving these idiots at SI, USA Today, CNBC...etc. the time of day for their LATE and idiotic news reporting.

Read more: http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/more/news/20120824/lance-armstrong-drops- doping-fight/#ixzz24TccTMg5

August 24, 2012  01:11 PM ET

One other thing....how can a U.S. Sports agency strip an American athlete of his or her awards when those awards are from another country? I think the proper terminology would be that they no longer recognize his achievements/results from the FRENCH owned TDF. Sound logical?

August 24, 2012  09:13 PM ET

What about those in sports that don't want that crap in their bodies, they can't compete in a sport where some have an edge because they use illegal drugs to enhance their performance..

August 24, 2012  09:17 PM ET
QUOTE(#5):

One other thing....how can a U.S. Sports agency strip an American athlete of his or her awards when those awards are from another country? I think the proper terminology would be that they no longer recognize his achievements/results from the FRENCH owned TDF. Sound logical?

The USADA and the International Cycling Union have engaged in a turf war over who has jurisdiction in the case....Its not over yet, although Armstrong has decided not to fight it anymore....have to wait for the final outcome..

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August 25, 2012  03:42 PM ET
QUOTE(#6):

What about those in sports that don't want that crap in their bodies, they can't compete in a sport where some have an edge because they use illegal drugs to enhance their performance..

That's why I said it's up to every individual to do as they please. I understand your point about others worrying about the ramifications, and that's why it's outlawed as a whole. I'm not convinced EPO or other forms of blood doping is completely harmful. I was just using cycling as an example seeing it is a doper's haven right now. Good point though!

August 25, 2012  03:45 PM ET
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there might be some truth in it. Of the 21 cyclists on the podium during his 7 wins, only 1 has not been implicated in a doping scandal.

DITTO TC. But you have to also understand that testing was early in Armstrong's career, and just getting going. He was way ahead of the power curve, and testing for stuff like testosterone is very hard to find as it leaves the system in hours not days. You juice the night before, and by race time, or afterwords it's gone. So I hear anyway.

August 25, 2012  03:47 PM ET

Again, I agree. The U.S. has no jurisdiction on the TDF or the French. What a farce.

http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2012/more/08/25/indurain-armstrong.ap/ind ex.html?sct=hp_t2_a6&eref=sihp

 
October 22, 2012  04:09 PM ET

The TDF organizers are now saying they will look into awarding the prize to the runner up in all 7 races involved. I've been reading about such a scenario over the past few months, and by estimations, one could conclude that you would have to give the award to the 20th something finisher to find a CLEAN rider. One who hasn't been investigated for doping.
Just let these "dopers" keep their titles, and put an asterisk next to there name that reads "CONFIRMED DOPER and CHEATER."

If you have to wait 10 years after every TDF race to get the final FAIR results, why bother having it at all. MONEY, that's why.

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