Jul 10, 2001 7:40 PM
|I am a big fan of Lance. The guy is amazing. However with all the recent rumors one must wonder if indeed Lance has resorted to drugs.
I really hope it's not true for I would feel betrayed and lost.
How would you feel or what would do if Lance used banned drugs. Would you just pick another rider/team to cheer for?
|If you're not cheating, you're not trying.......||CDC|
Jul 10, 2001 8:56 PM
|..seriously though. I would probably be disappointed. I have a feeling there are very few clean guys at all. People do what they have to to keep up and keep their jobs.
I am definitely a LA fan, and root for him, but I still don't feel like I know the guy. I've read his book, and still have questions about him. Especially with the K.L. deal and all. I still can't figure out what's going on there, even after reading alot of opinions, and articles. I hope they are still friends, especially after what they went thru together with LA's illness. I just don't see how anything could break the bond they must have formed thru that ordeal, if what was written in the book is true.
|Get up to date||mr_spin|
Jul 11, 2001 10:11 AM
|Kevin and Lance were hanging out together in the peloton the other talking and laughing. There's a picture of it somewhere. Seems like any bad blood is behind them for the moment.
As for "knowing" Lance, I doubt you or I ever will. I've actually met him and he seemed like a nice guy to me. But he's a celebrity now--which means many people, especially in the press, conspire to take away his private life. They build him up only to tear him down. God knows it's a pattern that gets repeated all the time for celebrities of any field, although some celebrities certainly do their part to help out. The popularity of shows like "Behind the Music" and "E! True Hollywood Story" is a reflection of this.
As a result, Lance has to be very careful about what he says, when he says it, how he says it, who is standing next to him when he says it, even WHERE he says it. Listen to interviews he gives now and you can tell he is being extra careful to choose his words and avoid inflections. Frankly I don't know why they bother, since his interviews have become so boring and meaningless! Still, as careful as he is, someone will always take it out of context and a scandal is born.
Jul 11, 2001 5:44 PM
|...I actually did see that. I was glad to see that. I agree with your take on the press, and his celebrity. I understand his defensiveness, especially over there with the Frog WitchHunters disguised as reporters.|
|Only users lose drugs!||Largo|
Jul 10, 2001 9:33 PM
|At this level, i would bet money that most, if not all of the riders have resorted to doping to help there training.
It doesn't mean that someone like Armstrong or Ullrich is not an amazing athelete, but if one does it, then everyone needs to do it to keep the playing field level.
How could Jan Ullrich come out of a program such as East Germany used to have and NOT have doped?
I suspect that there are products out there that are performance enhancers that are not on the banned list yet, so their use is not regulated, yet. Maybe by next year these substances will be banned, and we will find out that our heros of this year were using them.
I don't let it bother me, because its still a great sport, and an amazing race.
|Just read Lance's book "Not About the Bike"...||WadeO|
Jul 11, 2001 8:23 AM
|then you'll know that LA doesn't dope.|| |