Lance Armstrong accepts lifetime ban, loss of Tour de France

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McHale's Navy

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From Panorama City, CA
Nov 22, 2014 - 11:29am PT
This is a good read.

Clif Bar's Solo Climb;

http://money.cnn.com/magazines/business2/business2_archive/2004/12/01/8192527/

" In the late '90s, when few cared who won the Tour de France, Clif Bar had sponsored Lance Armstrong and two dozen other members of the U.S. Postal Service cycling team. But in 2001, when Armstrong came back from cancer to nail his third Tour win, PowerBar offered Armstrong $400,000 a year, 10 times what the team had been getting from Clif. Clif couldn't match it and lost the deal. "
Gunkie

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East Coast US
Nov 22, 2014 - 03:17pm PT
Lance isn't getting trashed because everyone's a "hater". He is getting trashed now because he acted like vermin and was a borderline sociopath towards anyone that dared to disagree with his version of the truth. And he deserves it (again, my own opinion). The dude walked away with $100 million that he cheated and lied for...what's not to hate, frankly?

Bingo. Had Armstrong been contrite, come clean and taken full responsibility early in this final investigation, things might have gone differently for him in the long run. He's toast, now. I can never see him garnering any public support ever again in any form.

Aside from whiny LeMond, have any of the past TdF winners (pre-Lance) come out and trashed him? I'd imagine that they are fairly guilty of riding dirty, too.
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