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Published: Tuesday, Aug. 28 2012 9:29 p.m. MDT

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Steve C. Warren
WEST VALLEY CITY, UT

This is far and away the best article I have read about Lance Armstrong and drug use. When a writer is well-informed on a subject, it makes a big difference.

I especially appreciate the debunking of the "never failed a drug test" argument.

patriot
Cedar Hills, UT

Armstrong cheated. Armstrong had an unfair advantage riding hills with extra wind and oxygen. How would you feel if Armstrong beat you - and you were clean - and you knew he wasn't. How hard would it be to see him collect his millions and appear on Leno and Sports Illustrated. The evidence is overwhelming that he cheated and he simply decided to take his millions and walk away. The message to other athletes is that cheating does indeed pay - at least monetarily. If you can win some championships and get a bunch of sponsors to pay you megabucks then who cares if they take away the little medal around your neck? I think professional sports is all about the money any more and that is what needs to be fixed. Take away the money and the cheating goes away too.

GiuseppeG
Murray, Utah

Just wondering if the author thinks the U.S. Justice department also "fell for the charm" after completing a 2 year probe, which included calling witnesses to a Federal Grand Jury, then closed the probe without filing charges that Lance used performance enhancing drugs.

happy2BGrandma
Pleasant Grove, UT

This is an excellent article, and I appreciate your insights. I worked for several years as the office manager for my brother, who is a podiatrist that specilizes in sports medicine in California. I recently talked to him during the Tour, as he and my husband are ardent cyclists, and this news has been hard to take. He had told me many years ago that those supplying the athletes are very well paid and are usually several years ahead of the testing in their masking of the drugs. Also, when I recently talked to my brother, he said the testing has pretty much changed now from testing for the drugs to testing for elevated oxygen levels--particularly in sports such as cycling where those levels are exactly what can push the athletes over the edge to win. He added that with Armstrong's ability to pull so far out in front and the added damning evidence waiting to come from former team mates, he felt that Armstrong was guilty. I am also a feature writer (for the Provo Herald), but I thought that maybe you could follow this article up with updated info from the U of U medical bunch.

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