Sometimes I have nothing happening so I’ll comment on current events. I was thinking about putting this up on Facebook but I decided not to and only share with who reads this thing.
I always get a lot of comments when I mention Lance. Lots of opinions. Mostly bad. That’s understandable. Did you watch LA’s Oprah interview in 2012? He admits to doping but that’s as far as he would go. I still follow with whats all happening. Not sure why, mostly curious I guess.
Now he’s in a Federal court under oath and getting asked a lot of questions. And I think a lot of bombs will drop on some people because of it, whether good or bad. This one dropped on Bill Ochowicz currently of BMC. Of course he denies it but others have come out to confirm.
So now the SCA has settled to the tune of 10M and now Floyd Landis’s turn to get his pile of money on the whistleblower case. Im sure he will get his share.
But I tell you what…. there are a lot of riders and team directors who are shaking in their boots hoping their names do not come up while Lance is on the stand. Early on Lance did not name names unless he was forced to. Now he is forced to and some very high prominent icons in cycling both in the past and current will come out in the wash. Im sure a lot of them are friends of his.
When Tygard went after Lance and got him, not directly but with everyone else tattling on him in turn getting a reduced sentence, I knew nothing good was to come of this. But I have two views.
One is that the cycling world will take a huge hit. All faith in its athletes and the sport in general will be damaged to or near the point of no return. I always said finding these guys so far after the fact will hurt the sport and not help it. And I don’t mean in today’s peloton, I mean ten years ago. Why bring ten years ago to light, how about the guys today?
But on the other hand maybe a house cleaning from the bottom up will work out in the long run. Go back 10 years and move forward? I think that could have worked but they lost before they started when they gave the whistleblowers a meager 6 month downtime. Timed to start in the off season. But it did not matter cuz they now have Lance where Tygard wanted him. Good job. Now what? I think we are in the “long run” period now.
Are things better? Is doping done or at least less? I say none of the above.
With almost the entire Astana team getting popped at one time or another, still racing. And on our side of the fence we get Tommy D getting red flagged this summer. While TD is innocent unless proven, I have not heard a lot about that positive test. Swept under the rug? TD just rides off into the sunset never to be heard of again? Last seen tooling up and down Mt Lemmon?
And how about this dude. Busted after a Grand Fondo. What the hell? I thought Grand Fondo’s were just really fast group rides? But there are winners and losers?
So this stuff is happening today, right now. In our own backyard. The Lance effect has no power here. It’s all for naught as far as I’m concerned. So much time and effort being spent on Lance. Millions of dollars. Everyone thought Lance getting busted was going to be the turning point in cycling.
Not just cycling. What about other sports? Football, baseball, any ball. Track and field. I heard somewhere the cross country skiing athletes are rampant. Maybe because I only pay attention to cycling I don’t hear about the others.
I guess my thought here all along is why spend so much time on one guy who is old when there are others today. And maybe we’ll find out why in the next few months as LA spills his guts. So far Andreu has doped way more than he admitted. There’s a shocker. Let’s talk about Frank and Betsy a little.
Betsy Andreu has made it her life’s mission to do what she can to make LA lifes miserable and really her constant comments have no real effect. I get it. Lance had a big secret to hide and went to great lengths to keep it that way. Called her names. Lots of names for years. How terrible for her. So now it seems she was right all along. Will she get whistleblower money? I’m not sure. But it seems her husband might be lying about the amount of doping he did in his career. Im sure she has no problem keeping her mouth shut about that.
I think I’m rambling here a bit. And I did have a point I wanted to make. I’m not a Lance fan at all. I was very disappointed when the truth came out.
My opinion on this has not changed. Here’s a post I did just before Lance got handed his sentence.
I think at this point in time the doping brigade should be concentrating on the Tommy D’s of this world and not the Lances.