Lance Armstrong... greatest doper there was or ever will be

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  • drug free Tour de France winner seven consecutive times and inventor of the yellow rubber bracelet

    Lance is a cycling GOD

  • I glanced at that photo and thought someone had scrawled a cock on his badge, but no it's his signature. i wish the stockbrokers i work for had photoshop!

    I think he's great, by the way.

  • He didn't go for the hour record. Hmmpf!

  • "drug free"?

    never proven to have taken drugs....so far.

    The American justice system and attitude seems to be different to that in Europe....if you've got enough money and influence, you can quite simply buy innocence. Lance and then Floyd imported this attitude to the European peloton and Lance has definitely intimidated and put pressure on certain people (even in front of the cameras ...Simeoni)...

    I'm not pointing the finger at Lance but I believe his behaviour to be typical of an American following the above behaviour pattern.

    His amazing story of recovery from cancer would still be amazing.....even if did take drugs to succeed....didn't like all the bodyguards and shit....there are much "nicer" and more personable heroes out there.

  • Is that really Lance's fault though?

  • the-smiling-buddha

    Lance is a cycling GOD

    this fella might have something to say about that...

  • he doesnt look very happy about that comment....you better go and hide

  • I disagree. Lance focussed on the TdF alone. His 'Shock and Awe' tactics at racing leave me cold. Who would you rather have a pint with? Pantani, Armstrong, Merckx or Landis?

  • tbh he does come across as an arrogant twat. but he came back from a near death situation, not only to ride a bike, but ride the tour and win it seven times. for that reason, he is a cycling god in my mind. but then i'm too young for the other cycling greats, merckx, hinault, bobet... indurain was my first legend.

  • revmilo I disagree. Lance focussed on the TdF alone. His 'Shock and Awe' tactics at racing leave me cold. Who would you rather have a pint with? Pantani, Armstrong, Merckx or Landis?

    Pantani would bring loads of coke.. so Pantani! Woo!

    By the way, it was "Lance, A cycling god" - I still reckon he's a legend.
    Does the Cannibal raise money for cancer research, etc? Does the Cannibal run marathons? Nup. Did he win 7 Tdfs? Nup.
    Sure, Merckx might be the greatest cyclist ever, but Lance was the best Tdf rider ever and no one can argue because he's won more which essentially proves it.

  • Who cares about personality? He could be the biggest wanker for all i care. Fact is, the man won 7 times with no drugs when a lot of his competitors were on them, that's incredibly inspiring and a testament to what the human body can achieve.

  • Which year were Lance's EPO urine samples from? 1999? The ones that were unfrozen and tested last year by 'Equipe? The testing procedures at the time weren't advanced enough to catch him out. There's no way a clean Armstrong could beat an unclean Ullrich.

  • In any kind of team sport personality is important. I think in something like the TDF its even more so, as you depend not only on your team but also your competitors to get round alive. I read in an interview with (whoever, can't remember his name) talking about how much the Peleton spirit died when Lance was riding.

  • $181 million dollars

    there are alot of people, me included, who would say that Lance was an awfuly nice chap

  • nv55 There's no way a clean Armstrong could beat an unclean Ullrich.

    You reckon?? Ulrich has to go down as one of my biggest cycling disappointments. He was out of shape more than in shape and never met his potential even if he was doping. Basically, too many Hoffbrau in the off season. I'd love to seen a better challenege as it would have made the lance years even better.

  • did he achieve amazing feats- undoubtedly

    but do i aspire to be an egomaniacal bully, nah.

    so for me cycling legend yes, hero no.

  • You can't win the tour de france with man breasts

  • "You can't win the tour de france with man breasts"

    bugger, i was going to enter next year as well...

  • you'll never be king of the mountains with titties, which reminds me, it time I went out on the bike

  • what about not giving a damn about him?

    I couldn't care less about this fella, or about pro cycling in general (sorry if this is blasphemy on this forum). OK I like to watch Trial, Downhill or BMX once in a while.. But I have next to no interest in a bunch of identikit dudes following each other on a road, surrounded by more sponsor logos than my eye can fathom, dressed almost as badly as ice-skaters, all on drugs, going back to their hotel rooms after the race, without even drunkenly jumping from rooftops and behaving erratically...
    Now if you mention YouTube - TWS Legend Award Mark Gonzales

    I can relate more.
    Or YouTube - chris haslams part in the almost video

    for a modern touch.

  • the-smiling-buddha

    $181 million dollars

    there are alot of people, me included, who would say that Lance was an awfuly nice chap

    The oil company Shell donated £130m to charities supporting sustainable development in the 3rd world. Obviously that makes them completely socially responsible and compassionate ;-p

    Maybe Shell's charities are overseeing the redevelopment of rainforests devastated by the global trend in wearing rubber bands...

  • Does a sporting robot maketh a god? Schumaker? Sampras? Armstrong?
    Obllox! All acts of life, including athletic ones, should exhibit a certain flair or artistry. To win is dull, to inspire is ALL!

  • Yan was a fat bastard - but he was pretty much boobless by the time the tour came around. That photo was from the Tour of Switzerland no? Didn't he win that time trial even though he was about a stone overweight?

    My point was that if lance wasn't doping, and still wiping the floor with everybody who was, then it doesn't add up. I've heard that doping gives you an approx 15% advantage, but someone might correct me on that.

    Greg Lemond said that a year after his team won the team time trial in the TdF, they rode the tour in the same shape and all had trouble just keeping up with the peloton - he said that for him, that was the year that everybody started to dope. If that's the case - there's no way you can win without doping.

    I agree with Revmilo about artistry - in spectator sports you want to see something exciting. I loved watching Pantani.

  • nv55 Which year were Lance's EPO urine samples from? 1999? The ones that were unfrozen and tested last year by 'Equipe? The testing procedures at the time weren't advanced enough to catch him out. There's no way a clean Armstrong could beat an unclean Ullrich.

    That test was a shambles. He tested negative in the A sample and then, what, 5 years later positive in the B sample? Why was the B sample even kept? If EPO apparently cannot be reliably detected in current users how can they acurately detect it in a frozen 5yo sample? Notice which lab found the EPO? Yeah, the dodgy French one. What did they do? Yep, release their dodgy findings straight to the French press - sounds kinda familiar. A point someone else made is - if Lance WAS positive in 1999.. how then was he negative for the next SEVEN years AND winning the Tour? He was better than the Sausage Man, clean or not.

  • wayne_f14 did he achieve amazing feats- undoubtedly
    but do i aspire to be an egomaniacal bully, nah.
    so for me cycling legend yes, hero no.

    Do you honestly think you can get to the top of such a hard sport without having a somewhat enlarged sense of self? Did you listen to Cancellara's intro comments to this year's Tour?
    Most people at the top of their chosen 'game' are self-centred. They have to be, otherwise they are not putting their all into the task at hand. Ego? Maybe, but it's perhaps necessary.

    Have you read It's Not About the Bike? You'll find quite a few people think he's a hero.
    On bike forums you'll find people either love him or hate him.

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