Did you see all the Landis, Armstrong doping scandals from today?
Whats your take on doping? Do you think Armstrong did it?
I think Lance may have done it, but its horrid, for the sport, to accuse him of it now. I hate doping, but come-on, Lance is the only reason Americans remotely recognize cycling.
ps. Who is your football team for the World Cup?
Yes - I did. I had to smirk at Armstrong’s reaction - “we like our word”.
I don’t know if Lance ever dopped, but it’s interesting that Landis admitted he did while on the same team. Even more interesting that nobody at the team ever blew the whistle on it.
It’s a real shame for the sport. What makes it worse is that Armstrong holds himself up as such a paragon of achievement and a source of inspiration to others…even in movies like Basketball! If were to come out that he was doping, then it would not only undermine him but the destroy a sport with very thin credibility.
I for one remember the year when Stephen Roche won the Tour, the Giro and the Olympics (as well as ranking high in the Vuelta) - I remember the guy collapsing at the top of mountain stages and having to be given oxygen. I don’t know if he was using performance enhancers or doping. What I will say is that these cycle races are the amongst the most punishing sporting events in the world - that takes it’s toll on your body and it’s difficult to see how Roche and Armstrong did so well for so long.
As for take on doping, it’s the same as with performance enhancing drugs in sport - I don’t want to see it, but if you are going legalize it then make sure you have strict controls in place to ensure a level playing field. Nonetheless, I think that is opening up a Pandora’s Box.
As for my team for the World Cup: as Ireland did not qualify and I not live in The Netherlands, I’m going have to say ‘Hup Holland!!!’
What about you? What do you make of this morning’s news and who will you be rooting for this World Cup?