Cycling’s Bombshell

If enough people yell fire in a crowded movie theater, at some point, we’ll all come to the revelation that there is indeed a fire, yeah?

I wouldn’t presume Lance Armstrong is guilty of anything, but is he that much of an asshole that all these people have vendetta against him?

Armstrong’s defense for years has been that he is the most tested athlete in sports history and that he has passed every one of them, hundreds over the last 20 years. However, Hamilton said Armstrong personally told him that a positive drug test at the 2001 Tour de Suisse was covered up. Disgraced rider Floyd Landis, another former teammate of Armstrong’s, has also made the same claim in the past. (Armstrong insists there has been no coverup.)

Hamilton came forward now because a subpoena recently compelled him to testify before a Los Angeles grand jury investigating Armstrong. Years ago, Armstrong’s team secured the U.S. Postal Service — and millions of dollars in sponsorship money from the federal government — in part by promising that he and his teammates were clean. So, if he knowingly lied to the U.S. government, that could be something prosecutors might want to know, as well as possible drug trafficking (Hamilton says Armstrong facilitated the speedy delivery of EPO on at least one occasion) and fraud.

With a new blog unveiled late last week called Facts4Lance.com, Armstrong has set up a one-stop shop to counter allegations both present and past, providing links to documentation that he claims is exculpatory while also attacking the credibility of those who claim he has doped in the past.

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