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My two cents on this issue is this: If everyone is doping, then doping should be allowed. If doping is not allowed, there must be a better and more accurate method of testing and a greater emphasis placed on adherence to the rules of the sport.
I am not against performance enhancing drugs if the athletes and managers feel that the practice is safe and all agree on how to regulate use.
I still admire him. I can barely get out of bed when I have a cold, let alone ride in a bike race with cancer. I also am not fully convinced that he really did anything wrong. It has not been proven to my satisfaction. I think he is being scapegoated. Wishful thinking, perhaps.
The dishonest manner in which he repeatedly denied doping bothers me much more than his use of performance enhancing drugs. It still can't take away his achievements nor the fact that his extraordinary physical condition helped him to beat the devastating cancer that would have killed 95%+ of others.
It doesn’t really change my opinion of him. He still beat cancer. He still overcome extraordinary challenges in his life, and he has still given back more in terms of time and money then 5 other celebrities combined, let alone the average person.
I think it is just another example of hero worship gone wrong. He was never anything but a man. He did amazing things, but ultimately he was just a guy riding a bike. He beat cancer, but so do a lot of people. Because many people saw him as something more then a man, they began to expect superhuman actions from him. No one is capable of living up to the expectations that society set for him.
At the end of the day, I think he is someone who has had a positive impact on the world. I personally think that this is all anyone can hope for from their life.
I am still impressed with the fact that he "beat" cancer and fought back to become the cyclist he was. I feel that everyone in that sport is "dirty" and so he still accomplished something by overcoming greater obstacles than other people did.
However, I think it reflects badly on him that he has lied (or so it would seem) so much and has tried to destroy people who have told the truth about him. That does not show him in a very good light at all.
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