Lance legend dies.
The man who went up the high mountains of France so effortlessly failed to take the high road.
Today with the mass admissions of doping from George Hincapie, Dave Zabriskie, Christian Vande Velde, Michael Barry and Levi Leipheimer, the big Lance Lie was finally exposed beyond a shadow of a doubt. Legend dead and even die hard Livestrong fans will have to accept the ugly truth.
It now appears that the only person in the world who still believes Armstrong is innocent is Lance Armstrong and his alter-ego Juan Pelota. So active on twitter and so skilled with mass media, the man formerly known as The Boss has been silent — no statement, no counter claim, no outrage, no final weary and defiant claim he was clean.
It turns out the witch hunt was a valid one. It turns out there was plenty of testimony behind that “reasoned decision.” Turns out Lance and spin-master Fabiani and a legion of lawyers were the ones who lied. Turns out that Betsy Andreu wasn’t crazy, Floyd Landis wasn’t bitter and vindictive and Tyler Hamilton wasn’t worth listening to.
The Secret Race isn’t so secret any more.
Last week USADA CEO Travis Tygart said the public release of the testimony worth be “30 times greater” and far more damaging than anything Armstrong had ever been forced to deal with. Turns out his was right.
Armstrong’s last tweet was eight hours ago and given the explosive and definitive admissions of guilt, that’s a twitter eternity. Really nothing to say, we’d guess. Too late for the high road, too late for a sincere apology or regrets, too late to explain his greatest strength was also his greatest weakness. A Greek tragedy on two wheels.
As Bicycling magazine’s Joe Lindsey has already asked, it makes you wonder how on earth Andre Birotte Jr felt he could close the Federal investigation on Armstrong without filing charges. He’ll have plenty to explain but bulldog investigator Jeff Novitzky, who spend the better part of two years chasing the Boss, will be enjoying a few cold beers this evening.
Turns out the “serial perjurer” is none other than Lance Armstrong, the most tested athlete in sports, the man who no longer has seven Tour de France victories to his credit.
Well also be intrigued to read the PR statements from long time Armstrong sponsors Nike, Oakley and Trek. There’s a lot of word-smithing and corporate hand-wringing going on right now. When the entire house implodes, the dust clouds are pretty impressive.
(more to come shortly)