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Lance Armstrong the famous cyclist is finally ready to admit that he used dope during his competitive career. The New York Times reported Armstrong has always denied ever using banned substances. Now he is ready to, “admit the charges levelled (sic) at him in the damning report compiled by the United States Anti-Doping Association which resulted in his lifetime ban from cycling and any Olympic sport and the removal of his seven Tour de France titles."
According to The Telegraph Armstrong wants to confess because he wants to get back to his professional career. He is most eager to do the triathlon. Armstrong’s lawyer Tim Herman, “denied claims that Armstrong had already sought talks with Travis Tygart, the USADA chief executive who led the pursuit of the Texan rider, and David Howman, the director of the World Anti-Doping Agency.”
The cycling profession has had a long history of dopers going back to the 1800s. For example, “In 1886 Arthur Linton is popularly reputed to have died after drinking a blend of cocaine, caffeine and strychnine supposedly in the Bordeaux - Paris race.” While, “Paul Duboc of France was doped/poisoned during the Tour de France. He was favourite (sic) but collapsed in a ditch in the Pyrenees after drinking from a spiked/poisoned bottle allegedly given by a rival team manager. He finished in second place in 1911.”
The dopers do not stop in the 1800 and 1900’s, they continue up to present day in amateur and professional cycling. For example, “police raided Cofidis hotel and took Remi Di Gregorio into custody, effectively withdrawing him from the Tour de France he was competing in at the time. This is related to a doping affair which happened in 2011 when di Gregorio was riding for Astana.”
The competition is fierce and the temptation to dope is overpowering for many of the cyclists, including Lance Armstrong.