"I know who won those seven Tours, my teammates know who won those seven Tours,
and everyone I competed against knows who won those seven Tours. We all raced
together. For three weeks over the same roads, the same mountains, and against
all the weather and elements that we had to confront. There were no shortcuts,
there was no special treatment. The same courses, the same rules. The toughest
event in the world where the strongest man wins. Nobody can ever change that.
Especially not Travis Tygart." Lance Armstrong
Personally? I say fook the posers and USADA.
I don't get too wound up about anything, past my family, dogs, bikes and climbing.
I knew of Lance long before my own cancer showed up last fall. I learned something about Lance when we "shared" the same chemo treatment, cis-diamminedichloroplatinum, trade name Cisplatin. I got three, one day doses of Cisplatin. Each literally shattered me physically. And each dose much worse than the previous cycle. Lance did 4 cycles, each cycle 5 days long! That is one definition of real suffering. By most accounts I figure I am a fairly tough guy when it comes to pain. Lance lived through a entirely different level of pain. Not one I would willingly follow. How does this relate to doping and climbing? When some yoho tells me they lead 5.11 trad and then can't get up a 5.8 crack without a hang or then wants to lead WI5 ice when they can't get up a Grade 3 cleanly, I shake my head and ruefully crack a smile. "Waste someone else's time...not mine", is what I am thinking and not very kindly at that. I don't care how hard you climb...just be honest about your skills with yourself and your partners.
Lance took on the best of his time and came out on top. I can attest in a small way, that it took some serious effort in a couple of ways to get there. More than most will have in them. The same way I know what it takes to climb trad .11 or vertical ice. The same way Ullrich, Basso, Pantini, Zulle, Kloden and the rest knew Armstrong deserved his wins.
Armstrong was never Cesare Maestri. I am really sickened by the posers writing all over the Internet about Armstrong. Most are typically people who have never suffered or succeeded in sport or survived a serious illness and have no idea what it really takes to "win" at either. I think Travis Tygart, and USADA has done a terrible disservice to the sport of cycling and Armstrong that can never be repaid.
As I said previous......I hold really strong opinions on only a few things that I'll care to share in public. But in Armstrong's case, "FOOK 'UM!"
What are you on?
Update. August 30 2012
Got this link from Livestrong this morning asking for MONEY. As a cancer survivor myself and 9/2/11 diagnosis anniversary date coming up, I find LA wrapping himself in "cancer" instead of following through on his own claim of innocence shameful. I am not pleased with USADA nor am I pleased with LA's reaction. There are no winners here and much has been lost by both sides imo. Lance has given only one thing to the Cancer community while taking in MILLIONS. That was a gift of HOPE. And worth every penny no matter what the money trail is. By not fighting the USADA what ever hope Lance did give is now gone IMO. Lance is right about only one thing. Time to move on.
I don't give a shit if he doped. I do care if he continues to lie about it and hides from the truth while wrapping himself in the mantel of curing Cancer.
It is now time for BIG George ( George Hincapie) to earn his reputation. He needs to stand up and tell the truth about what happened @ US Postal.