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Friday, August 26, 2005



While I am the furthest thing from a fan of cycling I am, like so many, extremely impressed by Lance Armstrong. I just hope he's not trying to 'Palmeiro' us:

Armstrong Suggests He's Victim of 'Setup'

Lance Armstrong suggested Thursday that he's the victim of a "setup," saying he doesn't trust the French lab that released test results leading to blood doping allegations against him. Armstrong's comments came after Dick Pound, head of the World Anti-Doping Agency, said officials had received the lab results and would review them.
Armstrong questions the validity of testing samples frozen six years ago, how those samples were handled since, and how he could be expected to defend himself when the only confirming evidence _ the 'A' sample used for the 1999 tests _ no longer exists.
"For the head of the agency to say he actually doesn't believe in the code .... if your career is riding on the line, wouldn't you want a B sample?," Armstrong said. "The French have been after (me) forever, and `whoops!' there's no B sample? The stakes are too high."
I don't have any particular reason to believe either side. Both the French lab and Lance himself have at least potential motives to lie.

I will, however, stick with Lance until far better evidence comes to light condemning him if for no other reason that we're talking about samples from 6 years ago. Since that time, I would imagine he's tested negative for EPO. Worst-case scenario, he took EPO the year he won his first and/or second Tour but has managed to win the rest without it. Best case scenario, he never took any banned substance and 'The French' are a bunch of whiny losers.*


*No offense to any who would consider themselves among 'The French' and are not, in fact, whiny losers. They have been proven to exist, I just don't know any personally.


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