Wednesday, 16 January 2013

Lance Armstrong

I think its tomorrow that Lance Armstrong’s appearance on Oprah is broadcast. It isn’t going to be a helpful show – by which I mean that he’s going to use it to wriggle.

I’ve been a lifelong cycling fan, it’s always been common knowledge that the sport was plagued by doping, until 1998 when the French police took criminal action, there seemed no way of dealing with it.

Here are two facts;

Until recently, when gifted amateurs moved over to semi- professional racing on the continent, their performances often improved dramatically at their new clubs and no one could explain it. Now this could have been due to better training, diet, more races but actually it was doping. My heart goes out to those who lasted one season, then got fired. They went home a failure – they were probably drug free.

Lance Armstrong won the Tour De France 7 times. His closest rivals in those races have all admitted doping as have some of his team mates. So he could beat the dopers and remain drug free? I don’t think so.

The rest we don’t need to hear.

There needs to be a clearout of officials in the sport and the French Police need to be as pro-active as they were in 98.

As for Lance? Not interested.

Neil HHHarris

(a don’t stop till you drop production)

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