The Norman Transcript

October 12, 2012

Opinions split on Armstrong report

By Eddie Pells
The Associated Press

NORMAN — He tried to treat it like any other day.

But Thursday was different for Lance Armstrong.

It was the day after the evidence came out — a voluminous report from the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency that painted Armstrong as a drug-using bully at the center of what the group called the biggest doping conspiracy ever concocted in sports.

Twitter posts with the “livestrong” hash tag — the name of Armstrong’s charitable foundation — seemed to be running about 50-50, from those who thought the USADA report cemented Armstrong as a fraud, to those who didn’t care and admire him for the millions of dollars he has raised for cancer research.

Either way, there was no denying the impact of the report, which provides USADA’s justification for ordering Armstrong’s seven Tour de France titles stripped.

The weight of 200 pages and 26 witnesses, including 11 ex-teammates, forced people to reach a conclusion about the rider.

French Anti-Doping Agency leader, Bruno Genevois, said that, “If the report is solid, this proves that no sportsman, no matter what his notoriety, is sheltered from anti-doping legislation.”

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