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Armstrong did what they all did then. It is difficult to find anyone in the top 10 of the TDF from 199 through 2005 who was not suspended for doping.

The difference is that Armstrong attacked and destroyed reputations and lives. He took on little people like a physical therapist, called them drunk hoars and even sued them

These other cyclists did drugs to get a better result in the race (cheat), and some could argue that it was not cheating when everyone was doing it, but none of these other riders (or other atheletes in any other sport that I am aware of) went out of their way to systematically destroy any and everyone who want talk about it. This guy is mean, pute and simple.

Amazing the power of cult. It was very clear that Armstrong was like this. It was absolutely evident when he pulled that domestique back from a break away he was in (2003, 2004 or 2005 I don't remember) and then put his fingers to his lips and went "shhhhh". How brazen. It was obvious and apparent then, in real time, on TV. Needless to say, he drove this cyclist out of the sport.

Why? This cyclist was testifying against Ferrari (the leading doping doctor in Europe who Armstrong worked with).

Pro cycling was/is destroying itself through this doping, but Armstrong is the pillar that destroyed the "innocence" and belief of millions. When they write the history books, it will be an age where belief in greater things may have been destroyed from incidence like this making this a very cynical era.

I believe that is the way the histroy documentaries on PBS will go when they characterize this era. Politicians falling short, fraudulent atheletes on drugs, et al., where have all the heroes gone in this era when pop notoriety is the key to getting away with any and everything until they finally overwhelm you.

It does put in perspective this drive to be the fastest cyclist in the world. It means nothing, just an activity that we should all have fun and joy pursuing.

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