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Investigation Into Lance Armstrong Doping Allegations Intensifies

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 . . .

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4evrfuzzy 4evrfuzzy 6 years
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 6 years
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?
Leilanic1 Leilanic1 6 years
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 6 years
Where there's smoke...
runningesq runningesq 6 years
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 6 years
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 6 years
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 6 years
I don't want to believe it, but it's getting harder to believe the best in him...
stephley stephley 6 years
"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.
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