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What a glorious day; Lance Armstrong stripped of titles

24 Aug 2012 08:59

I almost did a cartwheel this morning when I read this news. For a while there, I was wondering if the forces of corruption might be going to win after-all.

So glad to see that Lance has been taken down, finally.

Is this going to help to change the doping culture do you think? Will it have any interesting effects on cycling?
I believe in miracles.
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Smug

24 Aug 2012 09:06

I for One will be Overjoyed to see Less of Pharmstrong's Smug Face

now Hoping that Nike / Oakley et al will Drop Him like a 'Hot Potato'

a WONDERFUL Day!
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24 Aug 2012 09:20

ebandit wrote:I for One will be Overjoyed to see Less of Pharmstrong's Smug Face

now Hoping that Nike / Oakley et al will Drop Him like a 'Hot Potato'

a WONDERFUL Day!


I think his financial solvency will remain fine for-evermore, but his reputation looks to be toast. Isn't it nice that us "conspiracy theorists" have been proved right all along? I have a feeling his face will be around for a while yet. But I think it will be less smug lol. He'll probably give up his charity work now that he doesn't need it for a professional shield.
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24 Aug 2012 09:30

headline pic on my local newswebsite:

Image

:D
mmmm. . . . leftover pie.
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24 Aug 2012 09:32

It is a good day but to early to celebrate. Celebration from me will come when guys like Heinz and fat-pat will face a trial and when the UCI is cleaned out.
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24 Aug 2012 09:36

His titles have not been stripped just yet.
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The story is beginning again, just as it did 14 years ago


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24 Aug 2012 09:43

If they do end up getting stripped, it means Ulrich will be one of the most winning tour riders ever... And that Kloden will have won the tour :o

First victory - 1999:
1. Lance Armstrong - USA - US Postal
2. Alex Zülle - Schweiz - Banesto
3. Fernando Escartin - Spanien - Kelme
4. Laurent Dufaux - Schweiz - Saeco
5. Ángel Casero - Spanien - Vitalicio Seguros

Second victory - 2000:
1. Lance Armstrong - USA - US Postal
2. Jan Ullrich - Tyskland - Telekom
3. Joseba Beloki - Spanien - Festina
4. Christophe Moreau - Frankrig - Festina
5. Roberto Heras - Spanien - Kelme

Third victory - 2001:
1. Lance Armstrong - USA - US Postal
2. Jan Ullrich - Tyskland - Telekom
3. Joseba Beloki - Spanien - ONCE
4. Andrei Kivilev - Kazakhstan - Cofidis
5. Igor González Galdeano - Spanien - ONCE

Fourth victory - 2002:
1. Lance Armstrong - USA - US Postal
2. Joseba Beloki - Spanien - ONCE
3. Raimondas Rumsas - Litauen - Lampre
4. Santiago Botero - Colombia - Kelme
5. Igor González Galdeano - Spanien - ONCE

Fifth victory - 2003:
1. Lance Armstrong - USA - US Postal
2. Jan Ullrich - Tyskland - Team Bianchi
3. Alexandre Vinokourov - Kazakhstan - Telekom
4. Tyler Hamilton - USA - Team CSC
5. Haimar Zubeldia - Spanien - Euskaltel

Sixt victory - 2004:
1. Lance Armstrong - USA - US Postal
2. Andreas Klöden - Tyskland - T-Mobile
3. Ivan Basso - Italien - Team CSC
4. Jan Ullrich - Tyskland - T-Mobile
5. José Azevedo - Portugal - US Postal

Seventh victory - 2005:
1. Lance Armstrong - USA - Discovery Channel
2. Ivan Basso - Italien - Team CSC
3. Jan Ullrich - Tyskland - T-Mobile
4. Fancisco Mancebo - Spanien - Illes Balears-Caisse d'Epargne
5. Aleandre Vinokourov - Kazakhstan - T-Mobile

By the way, i find it to be a absolute joke that they are stripping him of his titels now, im 99% sure he did cheat, but im just as sure that everyone else in top 10 did. Why replace 1 cheater with another?, where is the fair part of going only for 1 person, when most of them cheated.
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24 Aug 2012 09:44

The Hitch wrote:His titles have not been stripped just yet.


I wonder how they will actually do that. I thought this possibility lapses after 7 or 8 years? However, this might make guys like Bass, Beloki and Zülle retroactive TdF-champions. All of them honourable sportsmen. Not to speak about Ullrich and Klöden...
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24 Aug 2012 10:01

No_Balls wrote:It is a good day but to early to celebrate. Celebration from me will come when guys like Heinz and fat-pat will face a trial and when the UCI is cleaned out.


+1. Will somebody please register http://www.abolishtheuci.com
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24 Aug 2012 10:04

Thats just wonderful news to wake up too...

I am happy that we can erase this fraud from cycling...
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24 Aug 2012 10:06

Alpehue wrote:By the way, i find it to be a absolute joke that they are stripping him of his titels now, im 99% sure he did cheat, but im just as sure that everyone else in top 10 did. Why replace 1 cheater with another?, where is the fair part of going only for 1 person, when most of them cheated.


1. You are never too big to fall.
2. Fat Pat and his croons have to be exposed to have been implicit in the cover-up and shipped out. This is crucial if we are going to have any pretence of cleaning up the sport.
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24 Aug 2012 10:18

why does everyone think this is such a great day? this is a horrible day for cycling that just ups the confusion level for non-informed sports watchers, discourages new sponsors from getting involved in cycling, discourages network tv coverage of cycling, puts all winners of every race, ever, in doubt.
I don't like Lance, never been a fan, but for the life of me I can not figure out how this can be good news, not to mention the waste of tax dollars in a time of need. and all of the inaccurate headlines from bandwagon jumpers is disgusting. sad, sad day for cycling. maybe some good 'ole Spanish deal making in the Vuelta today will cheer me up...
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24 Aug 2012 10:37

will10 wrote:1. You are never too big to fall.
2. Fat Pat and his croons have to be exposed to have been implicit in the cover-up and shipped out. This is crucial if we are going to have any pretence of cleaning up the sport.


Im not arguing against bringing the dopers to justice, im arguing against only going for 1 of them. Does it really make any replacing 1 doper with another doper? Does that really make the sport any cleaner?

I dont know if they are going to go for other riders as well, but it makes absolutely no sence if Lance is the only one they are going for. Yes it makes a example, noone is to big to go down, but i really soo no point in replacing 1 cheater with another cheater.
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24 Aug 2012 10:38

CobbleStoner wrote:why does everyone think this is such a great day? this is a horrible day for cycling that just ups the confusion level for non-informed sports watchers, discourages new sponsors from getting involved in cycling, discourages network tv coverage of cycling, puts all winners of every race, ever, in doubt.
I don't like Lance, never been a fan, but for the life of me I can not figure out how this can be good news, not to mention the waste of tax dollars in a time of need. and all of the inaccurate headlines from bandwagon jumpers is disgusting. sad, sad day for cycling. maybe some good 'ole Spanish deal making in the Vuelta today will cheer me up...


This. It is not a day to celebrate whether you dislike Armstrong or not. Cycling is once again the big loser here and its very depressing whichever way you look at it.
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24 Aug 2012 10:39

CobbleStoner wrote:why does everyone think this is such a great day? this is a horrible day for cycling that just ups the confusion level for non-informed sports watchers, discourages new sponsors from getting involved in cycling, discourages network tv coverage of cycling, puts all winners of every race, ever, in doubt.
I don't like Lance, never been a fan, but for the life of me I can not figure out how this can be good news, not to mention the waste of tax dollars in a time of need. and all of the inaccurate headlines from bandwagon jumpers is disgusting. sad, sad day for cycling. maybe some good 'ole Spanish deal making in the Vuelta today will cheer me up...


Until the stable is completely cleaned out it will always smell. Start with the biggest and then the rest.

UCI next. Anti-doping to an independent.

The fans should demand that the sport be cleaned out. Moaning about the damage this has done is not to solve the problem but prolong it.

Real fans of cycling have long recognised there is a doping problem in sports.

Crying that stripping and life time banning Armstrong wont change anything palys directly intot he hands of thse int he sport now who continue this corruptness.

Catching Armstrong sends out the strongest possible message to those who dope or are thinking of doping.
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24 Aug 2012 10:39

For some reason I'm really looking forward to seeing Phil Liggett's response to this. He's gonna have to hit the bottle pretty hard to cope with this.
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24 Aug 2012 10:41

Richeypen wrote:This. It is not a day to celebrate whether you dislike Armstrong or not. Cycling is once again the big loser here and its very depressing whichever way you look at it.


This is the beginning of cleaning up the sport. That has to be positive. Letting Armstrong go means letting lots of others go.

Fans of cycling are tired of the doping. Pretending it doesn't exist is immature. Dealing with it and trying to assuage it is the right thing to do.

Chapeau USADA.

Only Cycling and those in and who follow cycling can clean it up. UCI next.
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24 Aug 2012 10:42

sars1981 wrote:For some reason I'm really looking forward to seeing Phil Liggett's response to this. He's gonna have to hit the bottle pretty hard to cope with this.

Some might say he will need to dig into his suitcase of courage.
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24 Aug 2012 10:42

As a spectacle professional cycling would be much better without doping. In particular mountain stages would be spectacular with the field fragmenting completely.
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24 Aug 2012 10:44

sars1981 wrote:For some reason I'm really looking forward to seeing Phil Liggett's response to this. He's gonna have to hit the bottle pretty hard to cope with this.


No way. Liggett is a scumbag. He will parrot the Armstrong talking points. He might give lip service to the possibility that Armstrong doped, but it will be counterbalanced by spending five times as much time giving Armstrong's side of the story.
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