Originally Posted by RagJuice Crew
Livestrong does not fund cancer research.
And yes he was the best of the cheaters - that doesn't mean squat. It doesn't mean that they were all coming from an equal base, or that he would have done as well if no one was doping. "Everyone else was doing it" is not an excuse and certainly does not mean that he, and other dopers, didn't cheat others. Read Nicole Cooke's retirement announcement from earlier today and then try to argue that because "everyone" was doing it he wasn't that bad: Nicole Cooke's retirement statement in full | Sport | guardian.co.uk
"I have been robbed by drug cheats, but I am fortunate, I am here before you with more in my basket than the 12 year old dreamed of. But for many genuine people out there who do ride clean; people with morals, many of these people have had to leave the sport with nothing after a lifetime of hard work — some going through horrific financial turmoil. When Lance "cries" on Oprah later this week and she passes him a tissue, spare a thought for all of those genuine people who walked away with no reward – just shattered dreams. Each one of them is worth a thousand Lances."
That's the thing that gets me, how many gifted athletes got screwed out of a chance because they played by the rules. The 1 very small redeeming thing in all this is at least Lance didn't come out and point the finger at everyone else (like Mark Maguir) He owned up to it, said I did it, it was me and I knew better.
Now I wonder, since as he claims all the top riders were doing it, what will happen to those tour titles? Are they going to the 2nd place rider? If so are they going to test that person? then what, keep going down the ranks till they get to someone who was clean? After all that would be the only fair thing to do, and would be a huge lesson to athletes every where. That's really the only way things will change, as it stands it's still okay to cheat, just not okay to get caught.