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Do You Believe the Lance Armstrong Doping Allegations?


When Floyd Landis (the cyclist stripped of his 2006 Tour de France title for doping) publicly accused Lance Armstrong of using performance-enhancing drugs, I dismissed it as jealousy on the part of Landis. The accusations were made a few months ago during the Tour of California, and Lance denied any wrongdoing. At the time there was little evidence to support what Landis had to say.

Today, The New York Times ran with a story stating that the criminal investigation against Lance for "systematic doping" is intensifying: several cyclists (including former teammates) have provided details of how Lance and other members of the United States Postal Service cycling team used performance-enhancing drugs and blood transfusions during races. And accusations have been made that the team sold its bikes to finance a drug program for its athletes.

Lance has had a remarkable career in cycling, and beyond that won a personal battle against testicular cancer. If these allegations prove to be true, it will be utterly heartbreaking. In a sport already plagued with doping scandals, to have its greatest athlete fall under the microscope could prove to be devastating.

For now, Lance is keeping quiet, but he has said in the past that he has never doped during his career. Lance's lawyer spoke out, saying there is no "scientific evidence" to back these claims, and only a series of accusations from fellow cyclists "caught up in the pursuit of a celebrity to catch him in a lie." I'm waiting for more details to come out before forming my final opinion, but I am hopeful that Lance is telling the truth. Tell me . . .

4 years 6 weeks
No question Lance doped. It was bound to come out one of these days as people who have protected him don't want to go to jail.
4 years 6 weeks
I agree with 4evrfuzzy. Here in the Austin cycling circles, it is a well known fact that he doped. He has an incredible team of people who protect him. He is not a nice person.
4evrfuzzy 4evrfuzzy 4 years 6 weeks
Right after the Landis thing a book came out giving every insane detail of how the bikers can dope and get away with it. It was f#*%$! up! It was also stated that it is so rampant in the cycling world that you can always tell who isn't doing it, they were the ones in the back. Lance Armstrong is an egomaniacal douche bag, who ditched his family to fly around in private jets with movie stars. Why everyone treats him like a god is beyond me. He had cancer, he rode a bike, oooooh, he's magic!
Renees3 Renees3 4 years 6 weeks
I don't think it's true, like some people mentioned above, he gets tested ALL THE TIME. Like constantly during the tour de france. And really they were selling their bikes to finance their drug abuse? HOw does that make any sense at all?
4 years 6 weeks
Lance has been the most tested sportsman in history. They have followed him around the world and waking him in the middle of the night. France has been trying to prove this for years to no avail. Some of these guy would toss momma under the bus to save their hides. And there is always professinal jealousy. He ran a tough ship and he always worked hard and expected that from the others. He also led by example. What Landis did was after he was with Lance. He is a loser. He always trained harder than anyone else. He would ride the Tour before the race, few ever do that.
Leilanic1 Leilanic1 4 years 6 weeks
he has consistently denied these claims and come clean on every test they performed on him. he has been so aggressively tested that at one point he was getting tested every few days according to hisbook. unless he has an unlimited supply of untainted blood/urine available he is clean. though during his cancer treatement he was using epogen to help with his chemo treatement i doubt that would cause him to suddenly become super man.
medicgirl medicgirl 4 years 6 weeks
Where there's smoke...
runningesq runningesq 4 years 6 weeks
I don't want to believe it, and I'm really not sure. If I hear rumors of Chrissie Wellington doping... I will have lost all faith in the sport(s).
Spectra Spectra 4 years 6 weeks
I'd like to believe him, but a lot of athletes lie about using drugs and it comes out later on anyway. I hope he's clean, too, but you never know.
kurniakasih kurniakasih 4 years 6 weeks
I have to agree with stephley on this..not a good sign... Hopefully he's clean, but if not, well..what can you say.
acfreema acfreema 4 years 6 weeks
I don't want to believe it, but it's getting harder to believe the best in him...
stephley stephley 4 years 6 weeks
"There is no scientific evidence to back these claims": it's never a good sign when someone goes for 'you can't prove it' as a defense.