Armstrong Cleared

Lance Armstrong has been cleared of the accusations the he was illegally doping during the 1999 Tour de France. When this story first broke, I suspected it was completely fabricated. Turns out I was right.

Dutch investigators cleared Lance Armstrong of doping in the 1999 Tour de France on Wednesday, and blamed anti-doping authorities for misconduct in dealing with the American cyclist.

A 132-page report recommended convening a tribunal to discuss possible legal and ethical violations by the World Anti-Doping Agency and to consider "appropriate sanctions to remedy the violations."

The French sports daily L'Equipe reported in August that six of Armstrong's urine samples from 1999, when he won the first of his record seven-straight Tour titles, came back positive for the endurance-boosting hormone EPO when they were retested in 2004.

Armstrong has repeatedly denied using banned substances.

The International Cycling Union appointed Dutch lawyer Emile Vrijman last October to investigate the handling of urine tests from the 1999 Tour by the French national anti-doping laboratory, known by its French acronym LNDD.

Vrijman said Wednesday his report "exonerates Lance Armstrong completely with respect to alleged use of doping in the 1999 Tour de France."

I think it would be a good idea to convene a special panel on this as soon as possible. Whoever planned and executed this smear should be banned from sports. This is an object lesson to people who decide all press reports are always accurate, by the way. They are not, and sometimes they are actually smear jobs.

I think it would be a good idea to convene a special panel on this as soon as possible. Whoever planned and executed this smear should be banned from sports. This is an object lesson to people who decide all press reports are always accurate, by the way. They are not, and sometimes they are actually smear jobs.

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3 Responses to Armstrong Cleared

  1. Mr Bob says:

    I agree, it is time to put an end to these poor losers. They should be sued for however much it cost as well.

  2. Black Jack says:

    Forget it. You can’t teach a crooked frog to jump straight. Frogs are frogs and they just aren’t going to sit still and take it on the chin when some foreigner, especially a Yank, comes peddling his way to the top their national bicycle race, year after year after year.

    How would you feel if foreigners came over here and won the America’s Cup? Why, it’s just too much for the frog psyche to take without getting down in the muck and attempting to smear the interloper. It’s an example of the preservation of national pride for frogs. All praise only to homegrown frogs. Foreigners need not apply, especially if they win too much.

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