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08-26-2012, 01:42 PM
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Originally Posted by Epsilon View Post
Another thing the media and many of Armstrong's defenders either don't mention or don't know about is the following:

Armstrong did not start racing well at the TdF after beating cancer, as is often portrayed in the media. Before he was diagnosed with cancer, he was a very promising young cyclist (albeit one that wasn't really viewed as a GC threat, at least early on) who broke into the TdF peloton in the early 1990s, at the height of the EPO era. To believe he was not using drugs such as EPO at this time, when almost all the riders were, and was still able to beat them for stage wins at the Tour, is really quite naive.
yeah, Lance was a promising young rider who was pretty much a time trial specialist. He'd won the Worlds, Fleche Wallone and Liege Bastogne Liege, but that's about it. He was a big boy. Cancer forced him to take some weight off his frame. Without cancer, Lance's career plays out much like George Hincapie without the sprinting ability.

There's no doubt in my mind that he was doping.

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