Lance’s last ride ends badly
Lance Armstrong’s magnificent ride through the professional cycling world is over. Kaput. The disgraced seven-time Tour de France champion has admitted that he used performance enhancing drugs during his illustrious career.
Armstrong made his confession during an interview with talk show host Oprah Winfrey. He had already been stripped of his seven Tour titles and banned from the sport for life after an investigation disclosed systematic cheating and lying by Armstrong and some of his closest allies.
Armstrong had fiercely defended his personal and professional reputation for years, suing anyone who dared call him a cheater. In almost all cases, he won, at least in court. The court of public opinion was a difficult place for Armstrong following the investigation.
Now, it turns out, Armstrong was the liar and the cheater. He’s lost endorsements worth millions, and there will no doubt be lawsuits against him from those he publicly called liars and organizations demanding he return appearance fees, bonuses and awards he won during his cycling career. Needless to say, he has much work ahead of him to make amends professionally and personally. His interview doesn’t air until tonight and already there are calls from officials with the World Anti-Doping Agency for Armstrong to give a full confession under oath.
There’s no sympathy here for Armstrong, who has earned every bit of retribution and financial punishment coming his way. It’s a good start, but finally admitting that he cheated won’t undo all the damage Armstrong has done to others throughout his career.