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Doesn’t the face say it all, to those who hate him and support him?

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How can you not be intrigued by the look of max effort, a long record of world class achievement and overcoming testicular cancer at the beginning of his career?

To me this image is AWESOME and the guy is in more ways then one!

So the negative press campaign focused on Lance Armstrong being led by Juliet Macur in the NY Times Sports section gets my attention, big time!

I give her credit in her latest item for mentioning the pros and cons, but the negative beat can’t be ignored. I wonder what it is really about? Does she really want “the news and all that is fit to print” or is she just pursuing a chimera of her own making?

However, you see it the LANCE is AWESOME and Juliet is just a reporter seeking a negative scoop!

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But the more she writes in this vein the more she confirms to me that there is no smoking needle! To me she seems to be another version of all those “fair and balanced” reporters who don’t have much to say about all those ‘mericans who think Obama, their sitting President, is a Muslim and a secret one at that!

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Written by BobG in Dalian & Vancouver

2010/08/21 at 13:33

The Manx Missile made it 5 Stage wins and Alberto won the Yellow!

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A patented Cavendish sprint finish:

And now some pics from NY Times Lens piece:

Even if its his last ride in the Tour, the journos keep after Lance!

Just getting started for Stage 2!

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Written by BobG in Dalian & Vancouver

2010/07/25 at 16:06

The end for Lance!

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The headline of the NY Times Sports article says it all:

In a Final Push, Armstrong falls short

And here is a snip of their photo of him falling short:

I can’t feel indifferent to Lance’s performance now or winning 7 Tour de France titles. He was and is a cycling great, whatever the outcome of the current US Federal investigation  of him and some of his close associates from the US Postal Service team days.

It seems only fitting that this visible end for Lance should have taken place on the climb of the Col de Tourmalet!

Update: I have just viewed Tour de France TV footage showing Lance’s attack and it was something to see how hard he did try. The scenery of the Col de Tourmalet was stunning of course!

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Written by BobG in Dalian & Vancouver

2010/07/20 at 15:07

It doesn’t seem credible to me, but!

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Lance Armstrong (left, #1) leads the U.S. Post...
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Today the NY Times reports thus:

Federal authorities investigating possible fraud and doping charges against Lance Armstrong and his associates have issued grand jury subpoenas to witnesses, according to several people briefed on the case.

The people spoke on the condition of anonymity because they did not want to be identified discussing a federal investigation.

The grand jury subpoenas represent a significant step in the investigation into whether Armstrong and others on the United States Postal Service cycling team were involved in systematic doping in the early- to mid-2000s.

As for Lance he continues to say “It ain’t true ’cause I never did it”.

What a come down that could be? Doping and fraud charges they allege or are seeking to find evidence of!

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Written by BobG in Dalian & Vancouver

2010/07/14 at 04:39

Contrasting images of athletes

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First is Rafa,  who this year definitely looks like he is a big winner. But this image snapped on the Wimbledon Center Court after he defeated Andy Murray in straight sets looks more like “prostration in defeat”:

Rafa is ever the gentle man in a gentlemen’s sport. He suggested that Murray would go on to win a major tennis title because he was that good, even if Rafa had just beaten him in 3 straight sets in the Gentlemen’s semifinal match.

Then there is another image of a notorious cyclist with is partner preparing for the first day of the Tour de France 2010 in Rotterdam. I say notorious because both men are the objects of ongoing investigation of doping allegations. The image here shous the determination and muscle power of an aging athlete.

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Written by BobG in Dalian & Vancouver

2010/07/02 at 17:14

Lance Armstrong and doping!

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How will this epic within the epic of Armstrong’s unprecedented TourdeF 7 wins end? Will it ever end? Will this paragon of physical fitness and survivor of testicular cancer end up on the same scrap  heap as Floyd Landis, the much maligned American cyclist who won a Tour and then had the title stripped from him.

The latest reports seem ominous but it seems to me that they’ve been after Armstrong since he had his first Tour victory and that was umpteen years ago.

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Written by BobG in Dalian & Vancouver

2010/06/28 at 22:18

Mark Cavendish makes it 6 stage wins on the Champs-Elysees

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Here he is leading out on his final assault in this last stage:

Here is what Mark said in an interview after his win:

“I’ve always said that I wanted to win on the Champs-Elysées. Every sprinter dreams of putting their hands up in the air as they cross that line, seeing the Arc de Triomphe in the foreground and it’s an amazing feeling to do so. It didn’t disappoint at all.”

Of course, the winner of the Tour itself was Alberto Contador and Lance Armstrong ended up in third place overall with Andy Schleck in second.

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Written by BobG in Dalian & Vancouver

2009/07/26 at 09:52