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Subject: Re: Armstrong Date: 1/18/2013 12:15 PM
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Well stated, Tinker.

Here's one sportswriter's scathing reaction to Armstrong's interview:

http://tinyurl.com/az5nv3p

Lance Armstrong, arrogant and unaware, did little to repair his image in mea culpa with Oprah

He apologized, and that's worth something, worth a lot to those of us who aren't outraged anymore over doping in sports. But in doing so, in tuning into the Oprah Winfrey Network, you could only marvel at that personality on display, the same one that while we celebrated his victories was, behind the scenes, leaving a path of personal destruction in its wake.

At one point during the interview, he couldn't recall how many people he'd sued. Really. He not only didn't know the number, he couldn't even be sure when asked about specific individuals that his mighty, powerful legal team relentlessly tried to bury.

It's worth noting that many of the people he's sued through the years in an effort to protect his lies and glory were one-time close friends, roommates, teammates, business partners and associates.

Across the spectrum there is fury and regret. Mike Anderson, a former personal assistant who claims Lance tried to ruin him, avoided watching the interview. Then he inadvertently was exposed to a replayed segment while waiting to comment on CNN.

"I didn't want to hear his voice ever again," Anderson said.

Fellow riders say they wish they'd never hooked on with him. Support staff claim they wish they'd never taken a job. Sponsors are lining up to sue. Journalists who carried his water for years are writing they wish they'd never bought the lie.

The more Armstrong talked Thursday, the more it became obvious: This seems like the last and least likable individual you'd want to hang around.


It pleases me, too, that Greg LeMond's stature has been revived. He inspired me to take to cycling in a big way in my mid-30's. His 1989 TdF final stage time trial to beat Laurent Fignon (who had held a 50-second lead) was one of the most thrilling, go-for-broke rides I have ever witnessed.
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