Is Armstrong plotting to take down the USADA?
This July 7, 2005 file photo shows Lance Armstrong of the US during the sixth stage of the 92nd Tour de France cycling race between Troyes and Nancy. AFP PHOTO / Files / JOEL SAGET
I can’t help but think that Lance Armstrong’s decision to give up the fight is all part of his master plan to take down the United Staes Anti Doping Agency (USADA).
You can call it a conspiracy theory, but when I see a man who has battled his way through cancer and continued fighting to be the best in his sport without ever giving up… I have a hard time believing that he’s chosen to end the battle this time.
Love him or hate him, Lance Armstrong is a true fighter. Along with that, he’s incredibly smart. Whether it was the head games he played with his competitors during the Tour de France or the genius of what he has done through Livestrong, there’s no denying that this mate knows what he’s doing. So with all of this in mind, I can’t help but think that he’s up to something.
This investigation by the USADA has become much more of a personal attack against Armstrong that it is a policing of doping charges. Somewhere along the way, the cockiness of Lance Armstrong rubbed someone the wrong way in that organization and they have had a vendetta against him ever since. But I think Lance is equally motivated to get back at them as well. This is where the conspiracy comes in.
We’ve all seen the massive number of headlines out there based on this statement:
The U.S. Anti Doping Agency has banned Lance Armstrong from cycling for life and has stripped him of his seven Tour de France titles for doping.”
But what isn’t getting as much publicity is the fact that the USADA can recommend this to happen, but does not have the authority to let it be so. Armstrong said it himself in the statement he gave to ESPN.com, ”USADA cannot assert control of a professional international sport and attempt to strip my seven Tour de France titles”.
Although I feel there is ulterior motives to Lance Armstrong no longer challenging the USADA’s charges, I’m not exactly sure how he’s going to take them down. But I’ll bet his team of lawyers and advisors know exactly how he can do it.
The explosion that rocked the cycling world yesterday is not the end of the story, and I feel that Lance plans on writing the last chapter himself.
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