10 Years After His Confession, Lance Armstrong Is Still Chiming in on His Legacy

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Haven’t we, as bike racing fans, been through enough?

Lance Armstrong is probably the only American pro cyclist who needs no introduction to the general public. However, his notoriety is for all the wrong reasons, and fallout from his career has been to the massive detriment of the sport of cycling.

Armstrong was once seen as the savior of American cycling because, for the first time at such a scale, the general public in U.S. suddenly cared about riding bikes and bike racing. People who had never even heard of the Tour de France became rapid fans. An entire generation of MAMILs were born, inspired by Armstrong to get into riding bikes.

As American cycling fans, we thought we had a new cycling hero to call our own. Sure, there were naysayers all along, but we believed.

Well, we all know how that story turned out.

The godfather of doping in pro-cycling has put a lot of effort into staying “relevant” (which he assures us he still in a 2020 documentary). More recently, he jumped inserted himself into the bike twitter banter about a poll that posed the question: ten years after his confession (and after he went on record saying he would do it all over again) the online Cycling Results database ProCyclingStats.com asked cycling fans if Armstrong’s result should be returned to him.

In other words, is it time for us to let bygones be bygones?

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The overwhelming answer was no.

Lance Armstrong, of course, feels differently. And Lance Armstrong, of course, had to let the world know on Twitter that we, as cycling fans, aren’t worthy of even being asked such a question.

“The only people that should be asked are the ones who were in the battle with me. I know their answer,” Armstrong responded on Twitter.

Thanks Lance, but we already know what you think of us.

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