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Doping, Pro Cycling, and the Tour de France
Lance Armstrong's Endgame
It's time to stop arguing about whether Lance doped and start figuring out what it means.
ByBill Strickland
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WHEN I told my daughter that I believed that Lance Armstrong had doped, she didn't have much to say. She had more important things on her mind, had a big homework project going—writing a clerihew using her own name. But she knows in her 12-year-old way what Lance Armstrong means to me. She knows that I met him before she was born, that I spent most of a year away from her so I could follow him around the world and write a book about his comeback, that I think he, along with a few guys with funnier names she often can't remember, such as Coppi and Anquetil and Zoetemelk and Merckx, was beautiful on a bicycle. She's heard me talk, for years now, to and about people who confront cancer or their deaths or that of their beloved with more strength because of him. She knows that group includes her own mother. She knows I've been on television telling Jim Lehrer or Larry King or John Roberts that I believed he didn't dope or, sometimes, that we couldn't know if he'd ever doped. She knows that Armstrong has called our house and left messages and her friends overheard and thought that was really nuts so he must be cool even if her dad likes him. She knows that I am embarrassed to have once owned a signed Lance Armstrong lunch box. She knows that I talked to him last time I was down in Austin. She knows I've been sick to my stomach lately.


For all of those reasons and whatever unknowable simple moralities operate in a child's mind, she summoned a moment of empathy for her father and asked, "How does that make you feel?"


[ Innocent? Guilty? You Decide: The Top 10 Cases Against Lance ]


"I don't know," I said, which was both true and false. It encompassed the chaos of everything I was feeling but identified none of it. I figured I should pick one emotion, so I said, "Accepting that Lance cheated makes me want to cry. A 46-year-old guy. Can you imagine that?"


But Natalie had already gone back to her life's own pressing matters. And I was stuck with mine.


I BECAME A FAN OF LANCE ARMSTRONG before he was the king of the Tour de France, before he was a heroic cancer survivor and selfless activist. He wasn't rich. He was neither a friend of celebrities nor a celebrity. He wasn't the focus of the longest-running mudfight over doping in sports. Lance Armstrong was 22 when I met him, and he was kicking the shit out of his bicycle.


I was on a motorcycle speeding beside him in a time trial at the 1994 Tour DuPont. Power billowed off his body like smoke off a burning skillet of grease. He was battering his bike, punishing the pedals with kicks and stomps, pushing the handlebar as if trying to shove it up against a barroom wall. This brawling ride was the antithesis of what I thought epitomized the ideal of the sport—the smooth, effortless-looking mastery of the bike called souplesse. The moto driver throttled us close enough to see Armstrong's expression. His lips were pursed, his eyes were slits, the bones of his face were set in hard angles. He seemed to me to be riding mad and in madness, desperate to escape something behind him and furious that he had yet to punch his way through the horizon.


After the race, I saw Armstrong sitting out on a chair beside his team car—this was such a different time that there weren't yet buses. I introduced myself, told him I'd followed his TT.


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