Must Reads: Armstrong must come clean, step down

Armstrong scandal does not point to the current, cleaner state of cycling, according to Stephen Roche

Armstrong scandal does not prove cycling is rife with doping — The Telegraph

Stephen Roche, winner of the 1987 Tour de France, says he does not feel that the Armstrong Affair, and the doping ring that the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency exposed last week, reflect on the current state of cycling, The Telegraph reported on Friday.

“Cycling has come along a lot since 1999,” Roche said. “Maybe it got worse before getting better in the early 2000s, but definitely in 2010, 2011, 2012… cycling has come on an awful lot.”

Roche pointed to Bradley Wiggins’ Tour de France victory as proof of the cleaner state of cycling today.

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Nike’s severance of Armstrong a business decision, not a moral one — Fox Sports

In an opinion piece for Fox Sports, Greg Couch urges readers to not laud Nike for making a moral judgement on Lance Armstrong, as the apparel manufacturer maintains relationships with embattled athletes like Tiger Woods and Michael Vick.

“Nike didn’t make a moral decision, unless you are counting business morals,” writes Couch. “The numbers just don’t add up anymore. Armstrong will not give Nike a return on its investment. So suddenly, the shoe company that thought it was OK to back Paterno after he had done less than the bare minimum to stop a child rapist, has decided that it was morally outraged by a lying doping cheat.”

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Armstrong doping allegations could leave lasting stain on Livestrong — The Washington Post

USADA’s doping case against Lance Armstrong could do long-term harm to his Livestrong charity, The Washington Post reports. The discrepancy between Armstrong’s tainted image as a cyclist, and his long-time work for the cancer community, means that Livestrong’s image will forever be associated with Armstrong’s career-long sporting fraud, according to The Post.

“This is a charity that claims to have raised about $500 million for cancer research and services for cancer patients… It will now be known more for its founder’s association with drugs and lies,” read the editorial.

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Livestrong celebrates its 15th anniversary — ESPN

With its benefactor under fire, Livestrong is set to host its 15th-anniversary celebration Friday in Austin, Texas, reports.

Armstrong, who despite resigning from his position as chairman still sits on the board of the foundation he founded in 1997, is set to attend the event, where he will speak to at least 1700 fans and Livestrong supporters, including Ben Stiller, Sean Penn, and Robin Williams.

“It has been a great privilege to help grow it from a dream into an organization that today has served 2.5 million people and helped spur a cultural shift in how the world views cancer survivors,” said Armstrong.

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Lance Armstrong must come clean to redeem himself — CBS Sports

Lance Armstrong must come clean and admit to having doped in order to redeem himself with the sporting public, Gregg Doyel writes on

Although the public is well aware of Armstrong’s doping, especially in light of USADA’s report, Doyel argues that the key to forgiveness in America is confession.

“America can love a fallen hero, but only if he admits the fall — and apologizes for lying about it. Do those two things, Lance Armstrong, and we’ll love you again,” he writes.

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Lance Armstrong must cut ties with the Livestrong — Los Angeles Times

Lance Armstrong, quickly losing the support of fans and sponsors, must cut his ties to the Lance Armstrong Foundation (Livestrong), according to an editorial in The Los Angeles Times.

Armstrong’s ties to his charity will drag it down with him, unless he dissociates from Livestrong and allows it to maintain its reputation, according to the Times.

“So it’s not enough for Armstrong to step down as chairman, as he did Wednesday; he should sever all ties to the charity, whose reputation is more important than his own,” reads the editorial.

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