Yesterday I felt that Lance Armstrong was the victim of a witch hunt caused mainly by his success – after all, when a cyclist does good they seem to always be suspected of doping.
I looked through a variety of sources on the internet but this one stood out the most – an interview with Michael Ashenden, an expert on blood doping. (Read the interview here)
To me, the evidence would suggest that Lance has doped but has never been caught. Also in Lance’s press statement he says
“I know who won those seven Tours, my teammates know who won those seven Tours, and everyone I competed against knows who won those seven Tours. We all raced together. For three weeks over the same roads, the same mountains, and against all the weather and elements that we had to confront. There were no shortcuts, there was no special treatment. The same courses, the same rules. The toughest event in the world where the strongest man wins. Nobody can ever change that”
which to me isn’t saying that he definitively did not dope.
All in all it is such a shame that this has come to light with all the good work the Livestrong Foundation does but yesterday donations were up, so if anything this doping story won’t effect the charity which is a good thing. The foundation’s website is below if you want to see some of the excellent work being done fighting cancer.