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A Tactical Surrender

Updated on August 26, 2012

A Fight He Couldn't Win?

Bicycle racing, much like auto racing, is a highly tactical sport. Teams block and assist their riders, and riders themselves need to decide when to attack.

But one also needs to know when to lay back, or perhaps even to abandon the race entirely. Lance Armstong's refusal to fight accusations that he used performance-enhancing drugs during his career, despite what some may say, may be such a case.

Armstrong may have realized that he couldn't get a fair trial. That despite having tested clean every time he was tested, that he would be found guilty.

Now it is possible that he was using PEDs, and a complex conspiracy was going on. That he or his doctors were tipped off to what was being tested for, that samples were swapped, or results never revealed. But even then, there should have been a "false positive" or two.

What I think is that Armstrong has decided to be tried in the court of public opinion, and figures he will be acquitted there. That he'll be seen as a victim of a witch hunt.

So far, it may be working.


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    • TeaPartyCrasher profile imageAUTHOR

      TeaPartyCrasher 

      6 years ago from Camp Hill, PA

      I did a piece on Lance a few years ago--Take a peek at "Thanks For The Ride"!

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      Liam Hallam 

      6 years ago from Nottingham UK

      Yet more jumping on the bandwagon of a sport they know little about. You've writes nothing about the man- only a short passage that was broadcast on your local tv.

      When the UCI confirms any charges Lance will be scrubbed from the record books however presently the UCI have said little.

      The list of things Armstrong is accused of ranges from taking illegal products to effectively trafficking them.

      His Livestrong cancer foundation will now take priority and no matter what happens Lance will always be more than a sportsman.

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      S.Graveson 

      6 years ago from Cumbria, UK

      Just a minor correction. You do realise that Armstrong didn't test clean every time? There was at least one time where a test came up positive, however he had a doctors note (think that doctor has since been banned from the sport as a result of what they did).

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