What impact would Lance Armstrong’s guilt have on cycling?
As a kid growing up, every July when the Tour de France rolled around, the name you always heard was Lance Armstrong.
Whether it was one of his seven overall Tour victories or one of the countless super human efforts in the alps or the Pyrenees, he dominated cycling like no other man before him.
For the period of time when he strung together seven consecutive Tour wins, he was cycling.
Having such a sporting icon being so successful during my childhood, it is no surprise that not just myself but thousands of others looked up to the great man. A man who constantly achieved on a bike, what no one thought possible, especially after coming back from testicular cancer.
To fight back from cancer to win one of the most gruelling sporting events on the planet seven consecutive times is probably about as ‘good news’ as a good news story can get.
Therefore, it is no surprise that the recent doping claims have caught many off guard.
It is hard to not to think that maybe he did do it. What would that mean to cycling and for all of those children – and adults – who looked up to him? His dominance is such that questions would be asked even if there was no suggestion he had overstepped the mark.
There is no doubt that this is not just another doping scandal for the sport of cycling. It has the potential to impact upon the credibility of the sport of cycling.
The speculation can only hurt the sport. For the sake cycling, it is very important that this issue is resolved urgently.
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