Professional cycling icon, Lance Armstrong, gave an interview with cultural icon Oprah Winfrey, during which, he admitted using performance-enhancing drugs. Even though this interview has yet to air, media sources have leaked that Armstrong admitted that he had used PEDs during the two-and-a-half-hour interview.
For years, Armstrong vehemently denied cheating while winning a record seven Tours de France. While there was no official evidence that Armstrong took performance-enhancing drugs (PEDs), the circumstantial case against him was enormous.
I have blogged before on the case against Lance Armstrong here and here. Testimony from former teammates, support staff, and other witnesses, some of whom would have no reason to lie about Armstrong’s PED use, constituted the official case against Armstrong. Also, evidence of various associations between rogue characters, such as the Italian physician Michele Ferrari and Armstrong, were rather damning.
For those of you who sent me nasty emails about my Armstrong posts, this is my official “I told you so.” There are simply too many ways to beat the drug testers, and a history of clean tests means nothing. In the case of Armstrong, there were positive tests, but these tests were never officially confirmed or recognized. Therefore, cases must be made by other means. This is called darn good investigating.
Incidentally, my sister was an amateur cyclist who has done more than her fair share of bike races. Also, my good friend Dr. Michael Baumann, professor of Religion at Hillsdale College has also raced at the national level. Neither my sister nor Dr. Baumann believed that Armstrong raced clean for one reason – Armstrong’s times were better than those athletes who were known to have doped. There was simply no way Armstrong could have beat those times unless he himself also doped.
Now the jig is up and the word is out – Armstrong has confessed. It’s official; he cheated.