I almost never post on current events. But I will here.
By saying "screw you guys, Im going home" Lance has done the right thing. He has decided not to spend millions to defend. In return, he has saved the taxpayers millions in prosecution expenses. But thats not the reason he is not fighting.
He's tired of it. The referee's here suck so he's taking his football and going home.
If he spent the time and money here, and won, who's to say some other agency wont try it again, and again. Every agency of this kind want to be the one to nail Lance. Lance chooses not to fight a one sided battle. So the USADA will find him guilty. By default. Lets look at what this means to him....
First off, he will be suspended from competing in a sport he is retired from. What a bummer. Then, the USADA will strip him from his tour wins. Awards given him by the UCI, in a different county. Really?
Here,s the next argument that coming. USADA says Lance must turn in his yellow jerseys. UCI says nope, he can keep em' since we never caught him doping over here in France. And round and round we go. Again. So now Travis can go after the UCI. Have at it.
Lance has grown weary of this issue and when the USADA lays their weak "guilty" verdict on him he can move on and spend time with his family and foundation. This will all blow up big now. But will go away in time and Lance hopes he can live out the rest of his years in peace.
Unlike two riders that blew the whistle, I believe you will not see a book from Lance trying to make some money on this.
ON OPEN LETTER TO TRAVIS TYGART
Congrats on the win. Im sure your hard work makes this victory worth the time spent. However, your work is not done. Your case against Mr Armstrong had you falling on the open testimony of many riders, some of who is still competing today. Since Mr Armstrong has opted not to fight you must have quite the cashe of funds available to start prosecution of each and every one of those riders. Several of those riders are, like Mr Armstrong, retired. I assume you will be going back to year 1998 with all those riders and doing the same. Looks like you have quite the job security. I look forward to seeing who is next. Because, in fact, it would be wrong to hold Mr Armstrong guilty and those who admitting to doing it with him not guilty. There should be no double standard here. Lots to do. Better get with it.
Keep up the good work,
Do I want the USADA to do this? Of course not. The point here is that Lance was a golden egg and the reward to nail him was high. To do the same to another rider just does not have the "bang" that our taxpayer dollars deserve. In fact, when all at the ASADA stop high five'ing each other they will look around and see no one really cares. With the exception of Landis, Hamilton, Andreau and a few more.
Nothing good for the sport will come of all this. But, like all things will go away in time. And I for one am glad its said and done. Regardless of the fallout for Lance it is over and done with.
Personally, At this point I could care less if he did or didn't. I am not defending him. All I hear about is no positive tests.
And thats good enough for me. And I move on to watching Jens Voight nailing a 60+ mile solo break. And I do so not even giving any of this a thought while he's doing it.
And in the long run, is what we all should be doing.
Because we should all just move on from this crap.
And because Jens is awesome.