I just heard the national news. It's now official. Lance Armstrong has been, or soon will be, stripped of his seven medals for the Tour de France. And he will be stripped of his Olympic Medal. Why? He's just tired of fighting the financial might and power of the US Anti-Doping Agency, the USADA. This is a total abuse of the power of the USADA. They are trying to force Lance to prove his innocence rather than proving his guilt.
Even a federal judge has said “The USADA’s conduct raises serious questions about whether its real interest in charging Armstrong is to combat doping, or if it is acting according to less noble motives.” If a Federal Judge can say this why can't someone come out and get Lance off the hook? This is totally insane!!
This man, this American icon, this French idol, this North Texas star, this Dallas/Plano home-town boy, didn't just suddenly become a great bike rider who popped up on the world stage. He started before high school riding bicycles in road racing events. He worked his buns off. He defeated testicular cancer along the way and started a family.
Lance Armstrong won the Tour de France not five times, which no one else had ever done before, not six times, but seven times! Not just seven times but seven times in a row!! No one will ever do that again! Never! And someone at the USADA just can't believe that a man can do that and not be on dope. Idiots!!
And here's the deal: Lance Armstrong never, EVER failed a drug test after any of the stages of the Tour de France. EVER!! Not on any of the races that he ever raced during any point of his career did he EVER fail a drug test. No one ever accused Lance of using drugs until later in his career and even then they were totally unfounded. The Washington Post carried a lot of print on this - check out Sally Jenkins continued rant against the USADA and her quotes from the Federal Judges against the USADA as well. It's enough to make you sick.