“A Massive Fraud Now More Fully Exposed”Posted: October 17, 2012
Alexander Wolff and David Epstein Detail Lance Armstrong’s Misdeeds
For years, as he became the most dominant cyclist in history, Lance Armstrong vehemently denied doping. Recently, the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency pulled the last thread from the fiction that Armstrong had painstakingly woven: That he had been the lone clean champion during cycling’s most corrupt era. Sports Illustrated senior writers Alexander Wolff and David Epstein have compiled some of Armstrong’s most strident assertions, annotated with that he took performance-enhancing drugs, pressured his teammates to do so and bullied anyone who opposed him. (page 40)
“You’d have to be an imbecile or a hypocrite to imagine that a professional cyclist who rides 235 days a year can hold himself together without stimulants” (page 42). Yet, in Armstrong’s 2003 memoir, Every Second Counts, he says, “Anyone who thought I would go through four cycles of chemo just to risk my life by taking EPO was crazy” (page 45).Daniel Coyle wrote in his 2005 book, Lance Armstrong’s war, he claims that those across the Atlantic have long known the truth about Armstrong and that of the sport, “For Americans, doping is entwined with questions of character, with goodness and evil. For
UPDATE: Lance Armstrong resigned from his role as chairman of the Livestrong charity, and Nike terminated its contract with him.