I had good friends in Portland, Oregon, who were avid bikers. I remember being together during the Tour de France, when they checked the results regularly on TV. They cheered for Lance Armstrong. He was not only much better than every other biker in the world, but he was a cancer survivor involved in raising money for cancer research.
Armstrong's legacy has crashed in disgrace. The Armstrong name used to mean excellence; now, after years of investigation and allegation, it means cheating. The U.S. Anti-Doping Agency now says there is overwhelming evidence Armstrong was involved as a professional cyclist in "the most sophisticated, professionalized and successful doping program." Armstrong continues to insist on his innocence, but has been quiter on the subject lately.
The scandal is costing Armstrong a lot more than his reputation. The latest and greatest fall from grace came Monday when the International Cycling Union stripped the 41-year-old of his record seven Tour de France titles. "'Lance Armstrong has no place in cycling,' said the union's president, Pat McQuaid, announcing that Armstrong is also banned from the sport." (http://www.cnn.com/2012/10/22/sport/lance-armstrong-controversy/index.html?hpt=hp_t3)
In a statement, the union, world cycling's governing body, wrote, "Today's young riders do not deserve to be branded or tarnished by the past or to pay the price for the Armstrong era."
The International Olympic Committee is reviewing the evidence and might revoke Armstrong's bronze medal from the 2000 Sydney Games.