Pyro Tim wrote:
Apologies, but I don't understand why him admitting it has hit you hard..
I watched it and felt gutted, sick to my core... why?
Because Armstrong admitting he did it is the final nail in the coffin, not just for him, but for the sport that I hold so dear. The final, irrefutable truth that the riders that I looked up to and who motivated me to 'get out and ride' were cheats and liars.
I felt emotional and sad not for Armstrong, but for the sport and because of the shitstorm facing cycling as a result of this admission. This is just the beginning.
I'm watching it as I type and it's sickening, yes, but I always knew he was cheating. I also knew that so were most of the peloton back then. They never inspired me to get out and ride. In fact it did the opposite. I rode in the ninties, and stopped riding in 2000-1. I wasn't a roadie, still not. I admit I wanted to get into it, with Chris Boardman etc at the time, but the blatant drug use made me turn the other way. I couldn't stand it, and never watched the tour. Only in the past 3-4 years have I started watching the tour again. I still have my doubts about them being clean, even Sky and Wiggo and Froome. I think now though they are at least doing it in times that are vaguely believable. Cycling is in a shitstorm because it deserves it. It is a sport I love, but I cannot feel any sympathy towards it. Why? Because the culture has been there, and may still be for all I know. It would be more believable now if the answers given now didn't all sound the same as LA's throughout his career. That is true, and that maybe the real crux of it. However I don't think there has ever been a clean winner of the tour, nor will be in its current guise. Look at what they have to do. Look at the route for this year with the Alpe-d’Huez twice in one stage. In a race. It's a joke. I want them to be clean, really I do. I tried to convince myself that Wiggo is clean, along with the rest of the Brits, but I can't. I will be gutted if he is proved to be a fraud, as I really hope he is clean and I was proud that he won it, and the gold medals, and SPOTY.
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