- 06-13-2012, 06:32 PM #2
Updated Jun 14, 2012 1:40 PM ET
Organizers of Ironman France say Lance Armstrong can no longer compete in the triathlon this month after the U.S. anti-doping agency filed new charges that he doped as a Tour de France cyclist.
Ironman France spokeswoman Delphine Vivet said Armstrong was told Wednesday that he is out of the June 24 race in Nice, southern France, because of the new USADA proceedings against him. She said he is barred from the race under World Triathlon Corporation rules.
She says, ''He cannot take the start.''
The seven-time Tour champion was in southern France preparing for the triathlon. On Tuesday, he tweeted that he had been on the Col D'Eze, a climb near Nice, earlier that day.
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- 08-24-2012, 09:06 AM #6
I really haven't been following the case closely, but my question is simple. Where's the proof? Accusations without evidence to back them are considered hearsay and unless it can be proved that the results of all his years of drug testing had been rigged, his victories should remain as such. Thus far, this gives the appearance of a witch hunt and that relentless witch hunt has resulted in a man who has decided to say enough is enough. I'm tired. Do whatever you want, I just don't care anymore. Why? Everyone has a breaking point. On the other hand, he could truly be guilty, but I won't claim that he is until I see proof.
- 08-24-2012, 09:09 AM #7
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- 08-24-2012, 09:36 AM #9
It's interesting what has happened since this investigation started...it is the essence of a witch hunt, but i don't know where exactly my opinion on Armstrong is now, because giving up on this fight, in many people's eyes, will be the kiss of death and basically make him appear guilty.
But what about the hundreds and hundreds of drug tests he took with no positive yields? The guy was proven innocent by all the means we have to do so, and yet they still let him hang while they searched for more. They were allowing people to simply state they saw him use drugs as legitimate testimony...we're in a world of trouble if that is the way the justice system is heading right now...given the right motive, anyone will say they saw anything these days.
The man, for all intents and purposes, was not guilty...but i still find it strange that he would just back out of the whole effort after so much was put into it."Speed has never killed anyone; suddenly becoming stationary...that's what gets you." - Jeremy Clarkson
- 08-24-2012, 10:32 AM #10
Just remember that he fought, and beat, CANCER. I believe that the constant harassment finally wore him down. I blame the French for pushing this for so long. He beat them at their own game, and they hate him for it. Militarily speaking, if not for the U.S., everyone in France would be speaking German.Give yourself, to the Dark Side!
- 08-24-2012, 10:41 AM #11
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- 08-24-2012, 11:13 AM #13
i met Lance when i lived in California and followed him with more interest from that day forward. i looked up to him in various ways, still do. he gave millions hope when they thought there was zero
i do not know if anything or anyone can ever be trusted again in the professional sports world. gone are the days of a valid personal achievement without question
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- 08-24-2012, 02:12 PM #19
Big red flags:
1) He's not gonna fight the charges, he has overcome many things in life before but he's giving up everything now.
2) I saw a couple of testimonies from his American teammates ( a few of them lost olympic medals and wee barred from competing ) and I think 12 people telling the same story is a pretty solid evidence. ( yes, I know 12 people could conspire to screw him up but really? )
3 ) the USDA did in fact find evidence of doping and steroid, it's been in the news.
4) Tests showed he did some blood transfusions to manipulate the results in 2009
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- 08-24-2012, 02:28 PM #20
More guilty until proven innocent, and/or guilt by insinuation, or association that "everybody was doping".
Prove beyond a reasonable doubt that Armstrong is guilty. If that had existed, it would have been brought out by now.
- 08-24-2012, 02:36 PM #21
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- 08-24-2012, 02:54 PM #24
I don not accept your contention of "giving up" on this most recent action as an admission of guilt. It's not. I do not live on that planet, nor in your reality.
- 08-24-2012, 03:05 PM #25