Did we not already see the Lance Armstrong seven times Tour De France champion, illegal doping allegation movie? Is this the sequel?
Donít we already know how this movie plays out? The U.S. Anti-Doping Agency has recently levied a claim that it intends to charge Armstrong for using illegal substances from 1999 to 2005.
Armstrong has already come out with a statement that he is completely innocent of any wrongdoing and he intends to fight the smear campaign being waged against him.
It is quite possible that Armstrong was doping during his seven-year run as Tour de France champion, but it was never proven and to this day, only the occasional unreliable witness or hearsay testimony has ever made it to the forefront of this case.
I have no problem with USADA charging Armstrong, but to just leak the information that they plan to charge Armstrong right on the cusp of the 2012 Tour De France, July 28, sounds strangely like a favor to someone to help drum up viewership.
In seven years, Lance Armstrong never tested positive for illegal substances. That is not to say that he didnít find a way to beat the system, but it does say that he has never been caught for committing criminal act of which he has been accused multiple times.
These new allegations might prove to be true since USADA claims to finally have evidence to bring down one of cyclingís greatest competitors. We donít know yet, but USADA agency hasnít leaked its intention to charge Armstrong simply to bait interest, so tell us more.
Without anything other than intentions, it just sounds like a talking point for commentators. I canít think of a better talking point for analysts during the tour than that the golden boy of cycling is being investigated. That his championships may be reclaimed or that the person who put the tour back on a world-wide stage is potentially a criminal.
Letís not forget that not only did Armstrong win more Tour De France championships than any other competitor, but his story of beating testicular cancer and continuing to win made him the highest TV ratings draw in the sport.
I get it when Hollywood makes a sequel. Whenever a movie comes out that is successful, there is immediate pressure to follow up with another chapter to the story to capitalize on the name recognition of the first movie.
With the Tour De France, there is no name bigger than Lance Armstrong and since his championship run ended in 2005, no one has come close to capturing world attention like he did.
That is a long time to look for someone to replace the king of a sport. Ask the NBA after the Michael Jordan era.
If the Tour De France canít have Armstrong there to win for them and carry them on his bike, then Iím sure they donít mind him being in their crosshairs either.