It is a sad day.....though I suspected some form of doping from him for the past several years. At first.....I believed he was really just that good. But then when everyone around him started to fall (Ivan Basso, Jan Ullrich, Alberto Contador, Floyd Landis, Bjarne Riis, Alexandre Vinokourov, Tyler Hamilton etc), reason simply dictated that there is no way he could be totally clean when all the main riders around him were falling like dominos. Personally.....I think he really was better than everyone else......but when they began doping a LOT.....he had to dope a little to maintain an edge.
Just my opinion
I'd LIKE to believe he is clean too.......but with ALL of his competitors going down in flames, his close association with Dr. Ferrari, his team manager implicated and many, many teammates willing to testify against him.....it just doesn't look good for him.
Though I sadly believe that he did dope....he is still a hero. He still overcame cancer and he still beat all those other riders (it was a level playing field if they all doped). And he has still done a LOT in terms of raising $ for cancer research/victims. More than that though.....he has served as a beacon of hope for cancer patients everywhere. Consider this. If he didn't dope......and he rode well in all those tours....but never quite won because of the unlevel playing field.....he'd have pride....but nothing else. He wouldn't be nearly as famous. He'd be like Levi Liephiemer is today. Relatively unknown to those outside the cycling community. His foundation wouldn't have raised anywhere near the $ it has.....if he would even have a foundation at all......and he would have inspired far fewer people to beat this loathsome disease known as cancer.
Lance Armstrong = the dark knight