Lance Armstrong won the Tour de France a record 7 times. He was to many, including me, a sporting icon. Someone who overcame potentially terminal cancer and went on to dominate the sport of cycling for a decade. He transcended the sport, and raised cycling’s profile in the process. And, now we know that he was a cheat.
Last week, the US Ant Doping Agency (USADA) published a 1,000 page report which provides convincing evidence that Lance Armstrong and the United States Postal Service cycling team “ran the most sophisticated doping scheme ever”.
One of the many newspaper articles on this sorry story is here. And here is a link to a programme transmitted on BBC Radio 5 on Monday (15th of October). After listening to it, I am left in little doubt that Armstrong did indeed cheat the sport of cycling. But, much sadder I think, he cheated millions of people who believed in his sporting prowess.