Armstrong: You can’t win 7 times without doping
Lance Armstrong’s confession to Oprah was aired on American Television last night. It will be aired on DSTV tonight on TLC, something I am not sure I am interested to watch.
It’s difficult buying into someone like Armstrong, coming out to confess, after lying so much to everyone for years, almost decades. It much reminds me of when Joost all but talked himself into a corner during his stripper scandal, and then came out telling everyone that he is telling us all the truth in his new book, and now we must buy it.
Just how much money Oprah made from this screening, this EXCLUSIVE interview, and what Lance may have been paid to come clean exclusively to her, must be quite an attractive amount.
Having kept only a tiny peep onto what was said, the one thing that so far caught my attention was Armstrong’s answer when asked: “In your opinion, is it humanly possible to win the Tour de France 7 times in a row?” To which he answered, “No”
I can imagine that many youngsters who dreamed of one day being like Armstrong, have had their dreams shattered by the confirmation that Armstrong achieved all he has by the use of illegal substances. By cheating. And not just a minor little transgression, a sophisticated and elaborate scheme designed to make him super human.
Is there anyone who will ever be able to win the Tour de France by a record consecutive amounts without being suspected for using performance enhancers? With the elaborate scheme Armstrong nearly got away with (in his opinion he would have had he not made his comeback), will anyone ever accept that someone can achieve the impossible (according to Armstrong)?
If I was a talented cyclist competing at that level, this would have been my motivation. A star has fallen, and there is place for a new one. It would be my sole goal, to win the Tour de France 7 times in a row, without using performance enhancement drugs, and show the world, including Armstrong, that you do not need to use drugs to be an amazing and incredible athlete.
Here’s hoping that Lance’s words and actions will not be a final nail in the coffin of dreams that wilted under the allegations. Here’s hoping that there will be someone, somewhere, looking at him and saying “You know what, you ARE a liar Lance. Why should we believe no one can do it without doping? I will show you”