Is It Time To Forgive Lance Armstrong?
Richard Moore 18 Sep 2018 Lance Armstrong remains a pariah in the sport of cycling yet many other ex-dopers are still accepted. Is his punishment out of proportion? In 1999, when Lance Armstrong crushed the opposition to win his first Tour de France , David Gaudu was two years old. There could be no more stark symbol of how much time has elapsed since Armstrong began his domination of the Tour than the sight of Gaudu, the bespectacled young French prospect making his debut for Groupama-FDJ at the Tour’s Grand Départ in the Vendée this year. To Gaudu, Armstrong must seem almost as distant a figure as Eddy Merckx was to Armstrong. Yet the American, to an even greater extent than Merckx, continues to loom over the sport, his shadow still falling over the Tour de France in particular. It was, after all, the race that the American won – ...
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