As someone who shares a lot in common with Lance Armstrong (we both walked on the moon?), I have a sensitive spot for the guy. Coming from his low to the high of straight Tour de France wins, even if I couldn’t care less about that achievement, is still a personal victory that obviously means a lot to the guy. Being the nice dude that he is, being that he is different to all the rest of the cyclists – he smiles at the camera and he’s a family man and all that – it is easy to identify with him as a hero.
Well, this week I read this article in Scientific American about sport doping. The article had this interesting sidebar that shows how the average speeds at the Tour de France have risen quite significantly over a short period of years. Undoubtedly, this is due to the result of doping.
The article doesn’t say so explicitly, probably in order to avoid damaging American egos and/or to protect the magazine from an impending lawsuit, but the writing is on the wall. I’ll spell it for you:
Lance Armstrong is a cheat.