Lance Armstrong spoke with Oprah Winfrey about his systematic doping during his Tour de France career, and the admission was shocking to me. I'm a big time fan of international cycling and while there have been stories of riders doping, the thing that galls me with Lance is the fact that he has betrayed all of those who were on his side.
All of those denials, all of those passed tests-- all lies!! Why?? Why would Armstrong- who just beat cancer- choose to risk it all?? Why would he choose to build his empire on a house of cards??? How did he think that he could live the lie forever?? I'm upset!!
Remember, I was the guy who swore up and down that without hard proof, Armstrong was not guilty and for a while I lived with that choice as others told me different, but I also went on record as saying that if any proof did come down, then I would be right there at the forefront to condemn him for cheating..... and the proof did indeed come down in the form of that 160 plus page report from the U.S. Anti-doping Agency.
Can you or I ever believe what comes out of Armstrong from this point forward?? Many will say "Who Cares?", but I'll have to say no! However, I will continue to love cycling and my hope is that the sport can run clean from now on, but I'll move forward with a more cautious eye and a little less of a trusting nature.
That conclusion may be sad, but apparently that's the price we all have to pay when frauds of this magnitude are perpetrated on the sporting public.