Lance Armstrong and bicycle racing
Old 01-18-2013, 06:40 AM   #1 (permalink)
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am i the only surprised about the amount of press this story is getting?

I mean does anyone actually care about bicycle racing?

because outside of a really select niche market, i don't think people care. Yet the media is making this out to be the biggest thing since forever.
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Old 01-18-2013, 07:49 AM   #2 (permalink)
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I dont know in North America, but here this is huge. It used to be the second sport after soccer before all the scandals.
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ya i should have mentioned it in regards to the North American context. i realize it's really big in your neck of the woods, but over here not so much.
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Yeah well. I don think americans cared much about Cycling before Armstrong started winning so much. And yeah, i dont think they really care about the sport itself.
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ya i should have mentioned it in regards to the North American context. i realize it's really big in your neck of the woods, but over here not so much.

He's american, and americans eat this shit up. They don't give two shits about the sport in general imo but it's a scandal involving one of their own. Doesn't surprise me one bit to be honest. And is it really called Bicycle racing?

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He's an endurance athlete and his single most impressive feat of endurance was holding on to a lie for that long...

Armstrong put cycling on the mainstream radar - a hugely popular comeback story, considering the cancer recovery. And the only thing north Americans like more than a comeback story is a fall from grace.
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Old 01-18-2013, 08:47 AM   #7 (permalink)
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And is it really called Bicycle racing?
i don't know... is it a race involving bicycles?
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Seriously though, this couldn't have been written much better as a movie script even if you tried. Cancer survivor over comes all odds and becomes a world champion 7 times over in a sport where winning once is a huge accomplishment. He had a wife, children loads of money....Then when he's accused of doping he denies it and sues anyone/everyone that accuses him and wins most of those suits (millions). Now he's lost his his wife, championships, medal and will probably go broke. The man has completely lost everything. That kind of story in America is gold!
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Old 01-18-2013, 08:53 AM   #9 (permalink)
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Old 01-18-2013, 09:49 AM   #10 (permalink)
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Wait Jeff was being sarcastic about the going broke part right?
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Wait Jeff was being sarcastic about the going broke part right?
Not really. Apparently people will be lining up to try and recoop the money he got for suing people and i also heard that others will be trying to go after money as well. From the reports i've seen he's worth about 100mil dollars at the moment but most of that could be lost in the next couple years. At the very least he'll possibly lose a lot of his money. Going broke is probably exaggerating things, reports say he's already planning on filing bankrupcy as he knows what's coming but i can't see all his money being taken away completely.
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Exactly, he'll see a cosmic loss in his fortunes but considering how much he was worth, he should still have a good amount of money left in the bank. It's unreal to me how calculating an individual Lance Armstrong is, never knew much about this side of professional bicycling To me, there was no way he would've finally admitted to doping now unless he had plans on bringing back his name somehow.

Wish I was older when Armstrong was in his prime and followed him more, going to have to search up some books on this doping circle, seemed pretty intricate.
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Old 01-18-2013, 07:14 PM   #13 (permalink)
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it's a shame. armstrong was an inspiration for so many people. everything involved in the story is so vague. you can smell a book deal in the making a mile away, and i'll read it. doping or not, i still have a level of respect for him based of all the good that he's done for cancer research.
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Moral of the story: Never trust a man named Lance.
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