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#21 Severus

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Posted 24 August 2012 - 09:49 AM

he was a hero to me. i read his books and watched you tube again and again. The off road corner, the look on alpe d'huez, the duel with pantani.

one of the most trusted men in cycling is Jonathan Vaughters and i'm led to believe he's one of the 10 too

I've only gotten into cycling in the last two years so missed Armstrong's era. However I did admire and respect him and considered him one of the greatest cyclists of all time. This morning my first thought was 'say it isn't so'.

He will most definitely be stripped of his Tour titles (the USADA cannot do that despite what many news outlets are saying). It does make me wonder whether the likes of Eddie Merckx doped (a very distinct possibility as the practice was widespread at the time) and whether the Tour records are worth bothering with.

Edited by Severus, 24 August 2012 - 09:50 AM.

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#22 Mister C

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Posted 24 August 2012 - 09:59 AM

Something for everyone in this, though the RFL have yet to be implicated.


Farce! ;)

Just because he is not continuing with court action does not mean he is guilty. Dangerous ground I reckon for that to be assumed.

However, a guy I used to work with, a competitive cyclist for many years, reckoned Armstrong could not achieve the level of performance that he did without say blood doping or EPO or such like.

One thing is sure...there is a shortage of verifiable facts but lost of scores being settled, personal agendas being worked out etc. This ain't over yet!


all of this is true

like i said the suggestions are that this goes to the very top of cycling

Armstrong did a lot to make road cycling mainstream in the US

#23 Steve May

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Posted 24 August 2012 - 11:30 AM

The US women's team broke the 4x100 East German record this Olympics.

I think people are still a bit too stunned to talk through the implications of that.

http://www.bbc.co.uk...ympics/19219381


If the US team are on some kind of performance enhancing drug then you just have to hope that they are on something with less drastic side effects than the East Germans and that the athletes are aware of what they are doing and are making an informed choice.

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#24 Ullman

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Posted 24 August 2012 - 11:34 AM

Let them all cheat and take whatever they like, get the Tour de France over with in a week instead of three.

I don't know. We've had quite a few rugby league players banned for the use of nandrolone, HGH, cocaine, ephedrine and the like. Most of them were still rubbish.

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#25 gingerjon

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Posted 24 August 2012 - 11:37 AM

If the US team are on some kind of performance enhancing drug then you just have to hope that they are on something with less drastic side effects than the East Germans and that the athletes are aware of what they are doing and are making an informed choice.


None of them have the 'classic' look that keyboard experts tell you to look out for - and they don't seem particularly pumped in a scary way. I'm inclined to believe they're taking what everyone else is and just happen to have combined for a note-perfect sprint relay.

My dad did actually once visit one of the places where East Germany 'trained' its athletes. In many ways the drugs weren't even half the problem.
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#26 hindle xiii

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Posted 24 August 2012 - 12:36 PM

My dad did actually once visit one of the places where East Germany 'trained' its athletes. In many ways the drugs weren't even half the problem.

You can't leave that there. What did he find and why was he visiting?!

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#27 Futtocks

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Posted 24 August 2012 - 01:02 PM

As regards athletics, especially women's athletics, the list of world records is a bit depressing.
  • 100m - Florence Griffith-Joyner (USA), 1988
  • 100m hurdles - Yordanka Donkova (Bulgaria), 1986
  • 200m - Florence Griffith-Joyner (USA), 1988
  • 400m - Marita Koch (East Germany), 1985
  • 400m hurdles - Yuliya Pechonkina (Russia), 2003
  • 800m - Jarmila Kratochvilova (Czechoslovakia), 1983
  • 1,500m - Yunxia Qu (China), 1993
  • 3,000m - Junxia Wang (China), 1993
  • 5,000m - Tirunesh Dibaba (Ethiopia), 2008
  • 10,000m - Junxia Wang (China), 1993
  • High Jump - Stefka Kostadinova (Bulgaria), 1986
  • Long Jump - Galina Chistyakova (Soviet Union), 1988
  • Discus - Gabriele Reinsch (Germany), 1998
  • Hammer - Betty Heidler (Germany), 2009
  • Javelin - Barbora Spotakova (Czech Republic), 2008
  • Heptathlon - Jackie Joyner-Kersee (USA), 1988
That's a hell of a lot of records lasting from the 1980s, some of them from nations that no longer exist, even. Just two track records from this century before the women's 4x100 final in this year;s Olympics. (I've omitted the Steeplechase and Pole Vault, as they are too new to women's athletics to compare to the dodgy old days).

Edited by Futtocks, 24 August 2012 - 01:05 PM.

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#28 gingerjon

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Posted 24 August 2012 - 02:34 PM

You can't leave that there. What did he find and why was he visiting?!


I'll see if he still has the photos.

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#29 Wolford6

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Posted 24 August 2012 - 02:55 PM

straightforward brutality and no humanity.


That's not confined to East Germany. My daughter got her kids season tickets to Bradford City.

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#30 gingerjon

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Posted 24 August 2012 - 03:04 PM

That's not confined to East Germany. My daughter got her kids season tickets to Bradford City.


It lacks the ruthless focus on winning though.
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#31 Jerry the Berry

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Posted 24 August 2012 - 10:16 PM

No doubt like many others, it was Lance Armstrong who got me into (televised) cycling around 2003 when he was having his TdF battles with Jans Ullrich. I was instantly fascinated with the guy and how good he was. I've subsequently followed the TdF each year and was touched when reading Armstrong's autobiographies about his fight against cancer and then how he went back and won the Tour.

I find all this stuff today very sad. I'm not sure where I stand or who to believe but would still like to give Armstrong the benefit of the doubt.

One thing that does puzzle me though is that if Armstrong was genuinely cheating - in whatever form - when he won his seven titles, then how the heck did he return in 2010 as a 38 year old and finish 3rd in the GC and still not fail a drugs test. He must be an extraordinary athlete to achieve that at that time, at that age and out of the sport for so long.

#32 GeordieSaint

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Posted 24 August 2012 - 10:33 PM

One thing that does puzzle me though is that if Armstrong was genuinely cheating - in whatever form - when he won his seven titles, then how the heck did he return in 2010 as a 38 year old and finish 3rd in the GC and still not fail a drugs test. He must be an extraordinary athlete to achieve that at that time, at that age and out of the sport for so long.


When you look at facts like you've just mentioned, there could be a real case that Armstrong is actually just a freak of nature, say similar to Michael Phelps or Usain Bolt. These things do actually happen - human beings are capable of extradionary things. For me, Armstrong shouldn't be stripped of anything UNLESS he's failed a drugs test or there is some SERIOUS evidence of him cheating i.e. a video or something.

Edited by GeordieSaint, 24 August 2012 - 10:33 PM.

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#33 Bedford Roughyed

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Posted 25 August 2012 - 07:11 AM

Marion Jones never failed a drug test.
With the best, thats a good bit of PR, though I would say the Bedford team, theres, like, you know, 13 blokes who can get together at the weekend to have a game together, which doesnt point to expansion of the game. Point, yeah go on!

#34 Mister C

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Posted 25 August 2012 - 07:24 AM

http://www.telegraph...ug-charges.html

"The USADA’s case against him, which followed a two-year federal investigation which had failed to yield a prosecution, relied on witness statements from 10 former colleagues and what they claim is new evidence of positive tests from 38 samples previously passed as negative during Armstrong’s comeback to the sport between 2009 and 2011."

This is such a sad case. Read twitter and he's an inspiration to so many cancer sufferers

#35 Impartial Observer

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Posted 25 August 2012 - 08:36 AM

I think Dwain Chambers didn't fail a drugs test either.

I have just read David Millars book, it is a real eye opener and by the end he makes it clear, without saying it aloud, what he thinks of Armstrong.

#36 Bedford Roughyed

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Posted 25 August 2012 - 08:46 AM

I think Dwain Chambers didn't fail a drugs test either.

I have just read David Millars book, it is a real eye opener and by the end he makes it clear, without saying it aloud, what he thinks of Armstrong.

Chambers did fail a test, though he was using the same thing as Jones.
With the best, thats a good bit of PR, though I would say the Bedford team, theres, like, you know, 13 blokes who can get together at the weekend to have a game together, which doesnt point to expansion of the game. Point, yeah go on!

#37 gingerjon

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Posted 25 August 2012 - 09:06 AM

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#38 tonyXIII

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Posted 26 August 2012 - 09:09 AM

Forgive my ignorance, but I have been puzzled by the similarity between Lance Armstrong and an athlete from years ago, Lasse Viren. (Sorry if the spelling is wrong) Viren seemed to do very little of note between big competitions, then, come the World/European/Olympic Games, he turns up and is way better than all the other runners, especially in the late stages of a race. Armstrong also seemed to do very little of note between Tours, but was untouchable every July. I remember there was talk of Viren using his own blood in transfusions (blood doping?), but I don't think anything was proven or any action taken. The similarity is just so striking.

PS. I know LA, and probably LV, didn't do nothing between comps, just nothing of note.

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#39 Ullman

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Posted 26 August 2012 - 11:29 AM

I've only gotten into cycling in the last two years so missed Armstrong's era. However I did admire and respect him and considered him one of the greatest cyclists of all time. This morning my first thought was 'say it isn't so'.

He will most definitely be stripped of his Tour titles (the USADA cannot do that despite what many news outlets are saying). It does make me wonder whether the likes of Eddie Merckx doped (a very distinct possibility as the practice was widespread at the time) and whether the Tour records are worth bothering with.

IIRC Merckx had a couple of brushes with the sport's authorities over doping allegations. I think he failed at least one test for banned substances.

To me, it doesn't alter the fact that he's the greatest bike rider the sport has ever seen.

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#40 Wolford6

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Posted 26 August 2012 - 04:44 PM

What's the point of stripping Armstrong of his titles when at least one would go to runner-up Jan Ulrich, who has been convicted of doping?

Let the past go and concentrate on the present.

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