Why are you coming back Lance? asks Leblanc
PARIS (AFP) – Former Tour de France director Jean-Marie Leblanc has questioned Lance Armstrong’s motives for returning to race riding next year.
Leblanc, Tour director for all of Armstrong’s seven titles, says in the editorial in the Velo Star review that the Texan took everyone by surprise by announcing his intention to bid for an eighth Tour de France in 2009.
“It seems that you want to collect funds for your foundation into cancer research. That’s a laudable intention of course but was it necessary to get out your jersey and racing shorts given the revenue your conferences make in the United States?” he asks.
“They’re also saying you haven’t been overly impressed with the victories of your former rivals – (Oscar) Pereiro, (Alberto) Contador and (Carlos) Sastre – and that at 37 the challenge doesn’t seem insurmountable; and that is something we can understand.
“But Lance, let’s suppose that you’ll still be competitive in 2009 – and that’s a strong possibility – there is all the same a small problem which is bothering us.
“It’s the side effects that your return will inevitably have on cycling’s image.
“Us former riders generally have respect for winners, but that’s not always the case with the public and above all the media who have heavy suspicions about you.
“The hounds will be let loose, column inches will be written, images repeated, and debate sparked about the one word which has petrified our passion over the past ten years: doping.”
LeBlanc refers there to the persistent allegations of doping that have dogged Armstrong’s career, his most vociferous detractor being France’s sports daily L’Equipe.
Poor audio but here’s the press conference
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Lance doesnt like be questioned.
To start, I am one of those disgruntled and pissed off Clinton supporters. And I’ve been on the fence, literally. I don’t dislike Obama. I feel he is an honorable man with good intentions. I just havent felt the time is right. 2012 or 2016, yes.
I have not voted for a Republican president since Ronald Reagan in 1980. But I have always felt that John McCain is the one republican I could deal with as President.
IN fact, I was leaning toward McCain. But as I’ve told people, he will have to tell me face to face that his presidency would not be a continuation of Bush’s failed policies.
When he selected Gov. Palin as his running mate, I had doubts.
But I do think the interviews with Katie Couric have helped me make decide on Obama. Just because your state borders Canada and Russia does NOT mean you have foreign affairs experience. And to call Kissinger naive…….
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I didnt go in to work today. I woke up feeling better but still not where I should be to go in and deal with stress. And I think the stress has really created the latest Crohn’s flareup.
By late morning, I felt up to a ride. So I headed out to western Franklin County and got in a really good 40 mile ride. This is my longest ride since Labor Day.. and it was something I really needed. I MEAN REALLY NEEDED.
Still a bit warm. but you are seeing those first signs of fall. As much as I don’t want winter, Autumn is my favorite season by far.
Guess he finally decided to wake up and face reality
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