“Lance Armstrong has no place in cycling, and he deserves to be forgotten in cycling,” said Pat McQuaid, president of the governing body for UCI.
It is truly unfortunate that the witch hunt for a fall guy for the US anti-doping campaign has focused on Lance Armstrong since he is an inspiration! Lance Armstrong has become synonymous with cycling, and his accomplishments, even with the use of performance enhancing drugs, are a marvel! Let’s not kid ourselves; I would hazard a guess that most of these top guys are doping, and that’s backed up by the simple fact that professional cycling, and other professional sports, have been rocked by several major scandals over the past few years. Assuming that doping was occurring amongst the top riders, then his accomplishments should be unchallenged. It is, after all, a level playing field; is it not? Perhaps we should revert back to the steel-framed bikes and leather helmets, perhaps we should ban clipless pedals and other performance enhancing technology. Maybe I have gone too far, or have they?
No one is saying that performance enhancing drugs should be condoned. What is reprehensible is the witch hunt that has ensued and the impugned character of Lance! This is a man who has spent half his life building LIVESTRONG, a charity that has advanced medicine, saved lives and will continue to do so long after this story atrophies. His cycling feats empowered him to accomplish this, which is character. Lance, you have nothing of which to be ashamed!
To quote our CEO,
“Because of this government’s witch hunt for him ‘doping,’ he has stepped down from chairman of Live Strong and has now lost his Nike endorsements.
The government spent 20 million dollars doing this.
Lance Armstrong has raised over 500 million dollars and gives 6.6 million of his own to cancer research. He is more than just an athlete; he is a hero in my opinion.”