Leave My Lance Alone!

Call me a LA fan, but I don’t want to see Lance stripped of his Tour victories.  I like Lance, I’ve heard he can be a dick but who cares? He’s allowed to be – he showed the French how to win the Tour 7 years in a row; I like how an American cyclist kicked French ass year after year after year – did we all forget how awesome those 7 tours were?! Lance kicked ass!

Let the French try to get him on doping charges. Burn Novitsky at the stake instead for being a traitor. We’re spending millions of dollars to take down a national ‘hero’ in the name of fraud against the US Postal Service? Come again? Amazing all the harm those 7 victories did the US Postal Service. Sounds a little like trying to impeach Bill Clinton for getting a blow job (oh that’s right; he lied under oath… how high and mighty of us). Americans should stop trying to feel so good about themselves and just get over it.

The problem with the sport isn’t doping but the politics and egos of the people behind it. Who cares if Armstrong doped? Seriously. If Armstrong was the only one, then maybe, but they ALL dope and that puts them all on the same LEVEL playing field. Does it make Lance any less of a cyclist? No, he trained and worked at winning the tour harder than anyone else. Anyone who believes these superstars of cycling are cheats and should stripped of their victories should get a grip. They’re an elite group of cyclists that have the physiology other cat racers can only dream of. They didn’t reach their level by doping but through hard work; they are elite cyclists because they are the best.

Knowing their rivals all dope, what is an elite cyclist to do, take the high road? Because that’s what you would do? Good for you, so glad you feel better about yourself, but these guys aren’t YOU. They’re the best cyclists in the world, with millions riding in contracts and sponsorships, they have no other choice. They’re fierce, competitive, and have a burning desire to beat everyone else no matter what, and it makes for some exciting cycling!

Today’s cyclists are no different than they were 40 years ago. Are we really going to discredit Eddy Merckx, Poulidor and all the prior greats for the sake of righteousness? Are we really going to hand Lance’s tour victories over to Jan? Should Pereiro really be credited for his tour victory over Landis? Why should Lance come clean and lose everything he worked so hard for his entire life? Because we don’t like how doping makes us feel, for the greater good? Can we stop crucifying the riders and let them entertain us please? If we really want to clean up the sport, let’s go after the ones really accountable, the team managers who encourage doping and don’t stand behind their riders once they’re caught.

Just because everyone does it doesn’t make it right. But neither is targeting a few select riders. How is destroying the career of a cyclist by banning him improving anything? Give the riders a break. No matter how strict you are on doping you can never change human nature. The witch hunt is no fairer than if only a few riders were doping. Stop singling out individuals and control doping instead of banning it. Establish limits and continue testing riders and disqualify anyone above those limits. When the race is over, destroy remaining samples and move on to the next race. Continue the research and test for new substances the following year. ‘Cheating’ will continue but be controlled, riders will be treated fairly, and you and I can get excited about what matters most, watching our favorite riders duke it out in the Alps!

And please don’t get me started by asking about the message it sends our future athletes, or showing a concern for their health, or the message it sends our children. Our nation is made up of Coke guzzling Twinky eating McDonald loving couch potatoes who can’t even run a quarter mile or discipline their children. Take care of your own backyard and leave my Lance alone!

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Until the next rant,

 

Paul

 

 

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