Cycling, Drugs, Armstrong etc.

Discussion in 'Et Cetera, Et Cetera' started by Flashy, Jul 13, 2009.

  1. Flashy

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    I never paid any attention to cycling...i read an excellent article (link below) about the disconnect in passion for cycling between americans and europeans.

    the article captures perfectly how i did not know just how corrupt cycling was in terms of turning a blind eye to doping etc but it seems to be completely known and totally normal in European circles, where cycling is revered.

    the only things i knew about cycling aside from the occasional highlight or crash, were Greg LeMond, and Lance Armstrong.

    i had heard about the last couple of guys, Landis and some other american caught for doping and i recall the commotion of the last couple years, and all the questions about Armstrong etc. and found it very confusing, until the article i mentioned shed alot of light on it. on why the french/europeans take such a dim view of armstrong etc. on the attitude towards doping in cycling...it was very interesting.

    i have to say i always found something a tad suspicious about Armstrong, as much as i admire the incredible fortitude and comeback he made, i cannot believe that suddenly he turned into superman, and without drugs, suddenly was besting the best in the world many of whom were actually *ON* them as well.


    (below is the article, 3 pages and very interesting)
    Lance Armstrong represents clash of cultures in Tour de France - The Bonus - SI.com


    are there any cycling fans here who can shed some light on this for an amateur observer like myself?

    what are your thoughts, about the article i posted, Armstrong, history of doping and cycling, and any other interesting important things you could share w/me?

    i read about a lawsuit that Armstrong was involved in where former friends said he admitted it while in the hospital during his cancer treatment, then i looked at the lawsuit, and it seemed pretty plausible once i read up on it.

    then this latest testing fiasco...

    can anyone shed some more light on this stuff, that i may have missed in my very rudimentary understanding of the recent (as well as longer term) history of doping and cycling?
     
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    Cycling is the dirtiest sport known to man. I find it HIGHLY unlikely that anyone can win 7 times naturally while blowing away doped up competition. Lance is just another roger clemens.
     
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