Wow, Paul. Tell us how you really feel.
Wow, Paul. Tell us how you really feel.
well said, paul.
it's about the ego. unless he's pissed all his money against the wall chasing Olsen twins around.
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Question: I do not remember Emma O'Reilly implicating Hincapie in drug use. Was that in the book by David Walsh? If that was stated, I missed that part. This was written in the above piece by Kimmage.
i read kimmage's book: rough ride, and it was entertaining enough. he certainly was no winner, but a good whiner. none the less, a good read. as far as what he has to say about armstrong, gee, the word bitter comes to mind. as far as any of you guys that are bashing LA and his comeback, wtf would any of you know about his motivation? the guy certainly races well, and if he wnts to comeback to the sport, he has every right. be a lemming if you want, and sneer and ***** like lemmings do ( oh, and *******, the kind who suck at sports), not one of you would say word one to the guy's face, so really, shut the **** up, take some time, do some homework, and know you don't know ****. i don't either, believe me. i do know the guy raced at a higher level and was never proven dirty, and other than that, i could give a ****, certainly not about who he bangs cuz its not relevant to anything. i can't wait to watch him race again.
Nothing any of us can do will change anything. I don't get people getting so worked up about Lance coming back. Anger just raises blood pressure and shortens life. Regardless of your point of view here, there's some element of entertainment to be had. I'm just going to watch what happens.
The search for inner peace continues...
This is Africa, 1943. War spits out its violence overhead and the sandy graveyard swallows it up. Her name is King Nine, B-25, medium bomber, Twelfth Air Force. On a hot, still morning she took off from Tunisia to bomb the southern tip of Italy. An errant piece of flak tore a hole in a wing tank and, like a wounded bird, this is where she landed, not to return on this day, or any other day.
And for the fools that think cycling is somehow clean now .... that it's just those dopers from the past that can now screw up the sport .... well, you boys really need to get a grip. Doping is alive and well in cycling and alway will be - that's just a byproduct of the sport and human nature.
BTW, I'm not a huge fan of Armstrong, and I DO think he doped. I don't know how that has anything to do with this comeback for cancer. It seem like pure win for everyone involved.
One more self-proclaimed genius that I wouldn't let deliver newspapers. If he followed the 1999 L'Equipe ragsheet expose', you would follow it through the facts and find out that EPO, if it ever existed in LA's samples, it would have been totally obliterated by their freezing and the time period. So said the individual who invented the drug in the first place. But what would he know?
Instead, believe the newspaper who seems to have facts never scientifically verified. Landis, Mayo, ???? I have seen so many misadventures with AFLD, L'Equipe' and the lab in France, that I think that a dartboard is used to determine whose careers we will destroy next.
If I played with these idiots, there would allways be two samples, one that I kept under proper lock and key to prove their idiocy.
Motivation shmotivation. When he retired it was to "spend more time with his kids." By which he apparently meant "date a series of thin blonds." I lost huge amounts of respect for him over this apparent bit of double speak.
LeMonde talked of LA and of doping; LA seems to have pulled strings at Trek to get the LeMonde line dropped. Trek road sales took a hit. On the face of it, the comeback could be a repayment to Trek for the dropping LeMonde.
As for Greg, well, a conscience is never a convenient thing to have. Particularly a strong conscience.
I used to want to believe the LA story, but the endless succession of former teammates busted for doping, (is the list of busted longer or shorter than the list of not-yet-busted?), the list of former rivals who've been busted for doping turned me. Throw his phalanx of lawyers into the mix and I cannot in good conscience wish him success.
His first book was "It's not about the bike."
A properly titled book about the return might be "It's not about the foundation."
Of course Greg Lemond can't handle lance coming back. He is nothing but a washed up has-been crying in his beer since Lance stole his thunder in the U.S. Lemond has done nothing but badmouth Armstrong since his first win. Jealousy is an ugly thing, especially when you get quoted internationally.
I could care less about Lemond's opinion about Lance, doping, etc. He was probably so juiced when he rode that he can't remember how many times he won the Tour. No testing, no foul. If I listened to that fool, all riders were clean before Lance.
The Tour has a long and ridiculous history of doping from the very early years. Who is to say this is right, wrong, etc. What is needed is just an even playing field for all. I love everything about the sport, except the Bull*&#t politics played with the Tour.
With the latest revelations, it is obvious that the sensationalism that that was created by L'Equipe about doping is killing the Tour, maybe ASO should get the message. It's a race, I want to follow a race, not a giant story about doping which is all they seem to care about. This holier than thou crap is getting very very old. I was reading a story about FDJ the other day and of course the team was noted as riding clean because it was a French team. How is that relevant?? Just means they're slower, not necessary clean.
Regardless of how you feel about the guy, whether you believe he doped or not, as long as his name is in the public eye in a positive light, that just means that much more money for cancer research. Whether it's about his legacy, his ego, whatever, the cancer research money is still a good thing.
My mom's first question when she heard about his comeback was "did he get a better doctor?"
If he wins the Giro, other people will be asking that. If he abandons (because that's been his style with races that have gone badly) people will use that to say he was doping back in the day.
A man many claim is dirty on a team many think is dirty... There must be better ways to support cancer research than that.
Bonnie Ford thinks so too:
Q: Being an elite bike rider is something that takes a lot of time every day. You're a member of a team and that takes a certain amount of time. There's physical risk involved in racing. Your comeback has stirred up a lot of old stuff in the public and media that could be distracting. Why is it better for you to be on the bike to promote your cause than off the bike where -- as has been chronicled -- you have access to anyone you want, practically, in the world and --
A: Because it's an international initiative. If it was a domestic one or a Texas one, we've done that. We continue to maintain those initiatives. But it was our view that we would be more effective if I were on the bike, racing internationally.
Q: The time you devote to being an athlete is time you can't spend lobbying.
A: No, but it doesn't always have to be me. [The foundation] is an organization of 70 people, and 10 working on the international plan. That, in and of itself, is a big team. It's not just me. I have great support, a great team, great visionaries and great people working for me. I feel confident we'll be effective.
This has always been more than the cancer cause for Lance.