This just in…
The director of the Swiss anti-doping laboratory informed federal authorities last fall that Lance Armstrong’s test results from the 2001 Tour de Suisse were “suspicious” and “consistent with EPO use,” The Associated Press has learned.
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During the majority of the 1990’s and early 2000’s, use of performance enhancing drugs was rampant in professional and amature sports, included in this is the sport of cycling which may be the hardest hit sport of all and is struggling to recover from the taint of it’s recent past.
The list of champion cyclist’s who have been caught using PED’s reads like a who’s who of the cycling world over the past 20 years
A timeline of cyclist’s who have been caught doping can be found here, with a more abbreviated version found here.
Lance Armstrong with the help of his US Postal Team not only beat them all, but outright dominated them constantly and consistently during his physical prime.
All without the help of PED’s?
That just doesn’t make sense.
In recent weeks it has come to light via Armstrong’s former US Postal Team teammate and Olympic Gold Medalist Tyler Hamilton that it indeed wasn’t without the help of PED’s, saying the the whole team used and Armstrong in fact encouraged it.
And like previous deniers of PED usage who have had the finger pointed at them only to be found out as liars and cheats, there seems to be no indication from the Armstrong camp that he plans on suing his former teammate for liable or slander…something I would do vehemently if I were innocent.
Of course it is a double edged sword in Armstrong’s case as his LiveStrong Foundation has raised and continues to raise millions and millions of dollars for cancer research. If Armstrong never won the Tour de France, he perhaps would just be a cancer survivor who happened to be a cyclist and he may have started a foundation still but may have only raised hundreds of thousands of dollars, if that, being an unknown athlete.
All in all, this may be the one case where it would be better off if we the public never know the truth if only to keep the dollars coming in for cancer awareness and research.