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  • Phil Ligget – Credulous idiot
  • Spin
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    From this piece:

    Liggett on Armstrong

    “And he (Armstrong) looked at me and he said ‘man I’ve seen death in the face and I don’t take drugs.’ And that’s all he said. I have no reason to disbelieve him.”

    That’s it settled then Phil. What a clown.

    lazybike
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    I think Phil’s just trolling….

    titusrider
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    What makes you think hes wrong then?

    (pokes spin with a pointy stick to see what happens :P)

    sputnik
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    Best race commentator ever.

    Premier Icon wwaswas
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    The Boys Are Back in Town was his best one, I think.

    Spin
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    (pokes spin with a pointy stick to see what happens :P)

    Hehe. Well, I do think he’s wrong but my point was more about the sycophantic nature of the piece.

    Premier Icon aracer
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    Well he would say that wouldn’t he.

    Junkyard
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    If WADA are going to continue to press then one must ask the question why because all they’re going to do is waste a lot of money and the guy has finished cycling, if they find him guilty what’s the point?”

    Yes he seems really concerned about the issue ..still in a private moment in a bedroom Lance looked him right in the eyes and said this to him…it is like a modern love story.

    He want to be believe LA is clean , hell I want to believe it, but it is quite unlikely to be true

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    Did Phil say who was taking who? 😉

    iDave
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    “I was sat in the bedroom some years ago, and I asked him point blank”

    “I’ve been with him on his private jet “

    …… yes Phil, you’re really impartial then…..

    Premier Icon aracer
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    “I was sat in the bedroom” – yeah, but was that before or after?

    titusrider
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    Out of interest who has read millar’s book and armstrongs books?

    they have both informed my opinions on the people involved and on the less than black and white nature of good guys and villans.

    In my opinion Lance didnt do drugs but certainly did ‘recovery’ injections. As the most focused on and tested athelte i see very little opportunity for him to do drugs and not have tested positive (i cant remember the full details of te supposed ‘cover up positive’ but im inclined not to believe it)

    Premier Icon aracer
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    As the most focused on and tested athelte i see very little opportunity for him to do drugs and not have tested positive

    Just like Marion Jones then.

    cynic-al
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    How someone dominated the TDF cleanly (remember he didn’t bother with that many other races, unlike many previous heroes) when many others were on drugs is beyond me.

    mt
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    The needle and the damage done, oops wrong thread.

    Proof is required!

    Premier Icon AlexSimon
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    Well there’s so much information out there now, that there’s very little point in posting factual stuff without first reading it all.

    The main problem is that so many people believe that cycling benefited hugely from The Lance Effect, that they find it difficult to investigate the issue fully. They feel like it would be an attack on their own sport.

    When the UCI came to promoting new races, it found it much easier if Lance was involved. They’re struggling now. They know that even 5 Condators don’t equal one LA on a global stage.

    So many feel that even if he did dope, the overall net effect was still a good one (as long as you don’t dig too deep).

    Personally, I’m with all the people who feel that the LA Effect actually hurt the sport.

    Junkyard
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    How someone dominated the TDF cleanly (remember he didn’t bother with that many other races, unlike many previous heroes) when many others were on drugs is beyond me.

    THIS

    It just defies believe he could win 7 in a row ..look at pantani an exceptional cyclists and drugged up and Lance still beat him. Even on mountains when Panatani had done EPO ..HOW? Serioulsy HOW?

    warton
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    He loses all credibility when, later on in that article he mentions sitting on Lances Private jet with him. totally unbiased then Phil?

    ditch_jockey
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    I’m not sure I really see the value in the endless pursuit of Lance Armstrong to be honest. I have a respect for the ruthless efficiency of his achievements, but they come across as the product of a personality that I have no wish to emulate.

    I’m not sure I believe any of the cycling greats did what they did without resort to “the juice”, but I’d be far more interested in efforts to try and create a future for cycling where young men and women didn’t feel under pressure to fill their bodies with all sorts of pharmaceutical crap for my entertainment. However, anyone who thinks that drug use in professional cycling is down to individual riders and their choices is living in denial – the teams, managers, race organisers and the governing bodies are all implicated.

    …and if we’re expressing personal preference, I’d far rather see McQuaid’s head on a pole than Armstrong’s.

    mt
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    by trying hard. There is no proof so he was clean.

    theboatman
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    I met Phil at his sportive last year, seemed a nice chap. Judging by his time though, I feel pretty sure Phil wasn’t doping.

    TandemJeremy
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    Lance – just some of the evidence not proof

    Micheal Ashendons analysis of the old urine sampleslink

    Sworn testimony from previous teammate now known to have doped. Long list of previous teammates now known to have doped

    His association with a doping doctor / trainer link

    Make your own mind up folks.

    Me – I believe he simply has been one step ahead of the testers all the time. I don’t believe in a drug free winner ever

    His failed test for sterioids – medical exemption with little credibility given after the fact

    toxicsoks
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    Hey, it’s never been conclusively proved that Armstrong did drugs but if it p155es the French off, it’s OK with me. 😉

    lazybike
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    [/quote]It just defies believe he could win 7 in a row ..look at pantani an exceptional cyclists and drugged up and Lance still beat him. Even on mountains when Panatani had done EPO ..HOW? Serioulsy HOW?

    Pantani’s not the best example, he was a bit streaky in his form. When you look at the season of an average pro, you have to ask yourself how the hell can they do that.

    hisdog
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    Sworn testimony from previous teammate now known to have doped.

    I assume you mean Landis? You have to question his motives at the time of the testimony though.

    I’m probably in the “everyone he beat was doping, so it seems pretty amazing/suspicious that he wasn’t”, but the point is that he has been tested and tested and tested and it has never been proved. And now he’s finished in the sport, why bother continuing the hunt?

    The thing with Lance is that there are a huge number of personal and political agendas and conspiracy theories on all sides, so the truth will never out and even if it did, someone would question it. It’s time to let it lie.

    Junkyard
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    the reason it wont lie as there is evidence/suspicion/doubts and LA has made such a big deal about being clean.
    I agree it is unlikely anything conclusive will come out but it is also unlikely he never cheated

    Association is not evidence, TJ. It’s rumour, conjecture and assumption.

    As above, he’s been tested and tested and tested. Maybe he did dope, I don’t really know, but I do know that he was never proved to have doped.

    mt
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    well tj you can believe what you like but fortunatley evidence is not proof that someone has done wrong until it is tested and proved. Lets hope all of us don’t have to live in a society where hearsay, opinion, speculation and unprovable evidence are used to convict and punish. Oops!

    MrSalmon
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    I’m with hisdog and CFH here.
    On the one hand, it seems very unlikely he could have done it all clean. On the other hand, despite all of the apparently overwhelming evidence of his guilt out there the fact is that he’s never failed a test or been otherwise proven to have doped, and I’m not sure even Armstrong’s powers of persuasion/money are enough to stop photos of refrigerated motorcycle panniers or whatever from poppping up on the internet.
    I’m certainly not looking at Armstrong through rose-tinted specs but I think that maybe the accusers should either put up or shut up at this point.

    cynic-al
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    CaptainFlashheart – Member
    he was never proved to have doped.

    From TJ’s article:

    Lance Armstrong’s ’99 samples test positive

    AS: So out of the 87 usable samples that they gathered, they got 13 positives and 6 of them belonged to Lance Armstrong.

    MrSalmon
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    @cynic-al- yes, that’s out there, and maybe it’s true- who knows? But he still hasn’t failed any doping tests.

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    the fact is that he’s never failed a test

    Just like Marion Jones

    mt
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    It’s not legal evidence so cannot be used to charge him.

    wallace1492
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    There are questions around the testing process for the samples. It was determined that the analysis was conducted improperly and they did not satisfy any standard for doping control testing. But lets not get the truth in the way of a good story.

    This was not doping testing, it was research, and flawed at that, so in fact LA did not fail any tests. Fact.

    MrSalmon
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    @aracer- Cav’s never failed any doping tests either. Just like Marion Jones.

    Junkyard
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    “There was only two conceivable ways that synthetic EPO could’ve gotten into those samples. One, is that Lance Armstrong used EPO during the ’99 Tour. The other way it could’ve got in the urine was if, as Lance Armstrong seems to believe, the laboratory spiked those samples. Now, that’s an extraordinary claim, and there’s never ever been any evidence the laboratory has ever spiked an athlete’s sample, even during the Cold War, where you would’ve thought there was a real political motive to frame an athlete from a different country. There’s never been any suggestion that it happened.”[

    So they spiked anoymopus samples and somehow got 6 of LA- seems likely

    In October 2008, the AFLD gave Armstrong the opportunity to have samples taken during the 1998 and 1999 Tours de France retested.[88] Armstrong immediately refused, saying, “the samples have not been maintained properly.” Head of AFLD Pierre Bordry stated: “Scientifically there is no problem to analyze these samples – everything is correct” and “If the analysis is clean it would have been very good for him. But he doesn’t want to do it and that’s his problem.”[89] However, according to the results of an investigative report by Emile Vrijman (a Dutch lawyer and the former head of the Dutch anti-doping agency, which he headed for ten years), who was appointed by the UCI to head an independent investigations into the LNDD lab’s findings, it was determined that the analysis of the urine samples were conducted improperly and that they “did not satisfy any standard for doping control testing.”[90][91] Vrijman’s report went on to state that handling and testing of the samples fell so far short of scientific standards, and that “the process that generated those results and the subsequent reports was so deficient” that it was “completely irresponsible” to suggest that the results could “constitute evidence of anything,” and cleared Armstrong of any wrongdoing.[91][92][93][94] But WADA rejected these conclusions stating “The Vrijman report is so lacking in professionalism and objectivity that it borders on farcical.”.

    There is nothing definitive and definte but there is plenty of stuff to suggest that he did and his refusal to allow his known samples to be tested speaks volumes IMHO
    We have tests now for what he was alleged to be using

    @aracer- Cav’s never failed any doping tests either. Just like Marion Jones.

    No one has accused cav of being a drug cheat – it is obvious that clean riders will never test positive but Jones shows than know dirty athletes can alos have passed every drug test. This is the point of using her as an example – testing clean is not proof of not doping as most of the used drugs were untestable at the time.

    So clean LA beat drug cheats, worked with drug cheats in his team and everyone was at it but good ol LA who was able to beat them all comfortably /with ease.
    Wish it was true but it is unlikely.

    sputnik
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    Everyone knows Marion Faithfull was a druggie, but it was the ’60 and everyone was doing it, so just let it slide, Ok ?

    There is nothing definitive and definite

    And there it should rest.

    cynic-al
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    It seems to me the finding of EPO in his urine is evidence…I’m not sure what “legal” evidence is?

    wallace1492 – Member
    It was determined that the analysis was conducted improperly and they did not satisfy any standard for doping control testing

    How and by whom?

    If he’s refusing samples being tested that says a lot to me, unless there’s some reason not to.

    cynic-al
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    CaptainFlashheart – Member
    There is nothing definitive and definite
    And there it should rest.

    So folk should get away with past crimes for some spurious and unspecified reason?

    Karadzic?

    You’ve heard of Truth Commissions? War Crimes investigations?

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