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July 27, 2007

Lance in France: Armstrong headed to Saturday TT

The Statesman | Armstrong to cheer on team Saturday

Lance Armstrong will be attending Saturday's individual time trial and Sunday's race into Paris.

Discovery Channel currently has riders in 1st, 3rd, and 8th, and leads the team competition and the white jersey competition.

A dose of publicity from the team's co-owner, the 7-time Tour champion, could also help land a new sponsor. Discovery Channel's sponsorship runs only through the end of the season.

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I honor Lance. He's an inspiration. I wear a Livestrong wristband for my daughter who is a cancer survivor. I'm glad to have met Lance here in Indy last year. I think he's doing a lot for cancer awareness and research. I think he's doing a lot for cycling in general. But I don't think it's wise for him to be at this year's Tour de France. ASO has made it clear that they don't like him and suspect his victories were somehow tainted. Given the mood and fragility of this year's Tour, I'd suggest to Lance that he find another way to support his team. There will be another time, another year, another chapter, when, by invitation, Lance's return to the Tour will be gracious. It's not time. Not much good can come of this.

Posted by: John Hay, Jr. at Jul 27, 2007 4:10:41 PM

Lance Armstrong is the best! He is a super cyclist and a super human being! The Tour de France needs more Lance Armstrongs!

Posted by: jackie at Jul 27, 2007 5:32:17 PM

Lance did not cheat and that should be obvious to everyone by now. Not one single shred of evidence was ever produced against Lance. He was the most drug tested athlete in all of cycling. People were and still are jealous of Lance Armstrong and his abilities on the bike. I'm glad that he is going to be in France. He should have been with his Discovery team for the entire race. Only the French press is against Lance, and we all know what a French press is, it's a plunger in a beaker full of hot water! The French cycling fans love and appreciate Lance!

Posted by: jackie at Jul 27, 2007 5:49:30 PM

the french press and david walsh who is still so full of guilt from the death of his son many years ago that he feels that everyone in sports is into le dopage. walsh's logic is so flawed that anyone who does well in anything must be cheating. i would imagine that great salespeople in the business world would be charged with bribing people and other such nefarious things, according to walsh's values, or else you never could have been successful in your field. the same would be true of anyone doing well in life: walsh would just know that you are not doing it in a fair manner. hell, if you got good grades in college, walsh would immediately accuse you of buying the test answers beforehand, otherwise you never could have done so well.
what a twisted view of life and sports this man has. up in heaven, his son is wondering how his dad got so screwed up after his early demise.

Posted by: ron hunt at Jul 27, 2007 7:58:44 PM

Okay, Lance wants to inspire his team, be there for them. What does Lance' presence at this Tour represent to the riders? What does it represent to ASO? What does it do to advance the healing that needs to take place in the sport? I may be convinced Lance raced clean, but ASO is not. UCI is not. WADA is not. It goes without saying the European press is not! Until they are convinced or until their levels of animosity are reduced by time and good will, they perceive Lance represents part of the problem in professional cycling. Thus, his presence at the Tour at this time will meet with mixed responses...at best. It may produce more animosity and refuel efforts to tarnish him.

Posted by: John Hay, Jr. at Jul 27, 2007 10:15:10 PM