In an effort to weigh-in on this topic, I will share my impressions and opinion here. This is my blog, I can do that. ;0)
This whole mess about Lance Armstrong really bothers me. I’m a Canuckadian, so it’s got nothing to do with nationalism. I don’t think he’s even remotely guilty of doping, and I do believe his statement about not using performance enhancing drugs. To be honest, there are such strict rules regarding dopage in competitions (ie: Tour de France), that the screening tests are so many, rigorous and frequent, it would be very difficult not to have been caught at least once if one would have tried to sneak a tweak in. Of the 7 Tour de France competitions Lance Armstrong went on to win, not a single test showed any trace of drugging or dopage. Not one. Why is he under suspicion now? It doesn’t make sense to me. Actually, it stinks of corporate offal.
If I play Devil’s Advocate for a second, I am willing to admit that there might actually be traces of drugs in Lance Armstrong’s system, but they’re not the “performance enhancing” kind. It is public knowledge that Mr. Armstrong has battled with cancer (his charity has raised some mega-bucks), and some of the Tour de France competitions he went on to win fell within a close-time proximity to his cancer treatments. It’s quite possible that any traces of drugs within his system were of the toxic, cancer treatment, variety. That should have made it harder for him to compete, let alone win.
Yup, I still cry bullshit on this.
I’m sorry, Lance. This whole thing is really bogus. For what it’s worth, this little Canuckadian blogger still believes in you.