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19 July 2010

As the Tour de France entered its 14th stage, Andy Schleck of Luxembourg maintained a 31 second lead over the pack.  Let’s face it, nobody cares about that.  The drama that has filled the headlines concerns Lance Armstrong and his allegations that Greg LeMond was doping in his 1989 Tour de France victory.  Really?  Is this guy so starved for attention as he slips to 38th place that he is going to throw Greg LeMond under the bus?  Could this possibly be the same guy that divorced his “no name” wife and mother of his 3 children only to start dating Sheryl Crow within days of the finalized divorce?  Absolutely.  This isn’t the first accusation.  Floyd Landis won the 2006 Tour de France only to be stripped of his title after a blood test showed that he had been doping (altering the chemical composition of) his blood.  He denied the charges until May of this year.  He publicly admitted doping and claimed that Lance Armstrong was also guilty of it.  Lance denied it and has now pointed the finger at Greg LeMond.  My guess is that they all did it.  I recently read the book “Game of Shadows” and I am suddenly skeptical of any of these superhumans.

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The Basics:

-Lance Armstrong is in 38th place of the Tour de France and fading fast

-Armstrong recently accused 1989 Tour winner Greg LeMond of “doping”

-Floyd Landis, the 2006 winner stripped of his title, claims that Lance Armstrong was wrapped up in the doping scandal as well

-Andy Schleck of Luxembourg is leading by 31 seconds

The Cast of Characters:
Lance Armstrong- Winner of the 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004 and 2005 Tour de France.  Has overcome testicular cancer that had spread all over his body to mount an extremely successful professional cycling career.  Armstrong has been accused by Floyd Landis of “doping” during at least 3 of his Tour victories.
Floyd Landis- 2006 winner of the Tour de France who was stripped of his title after failing a blood test.  Landis maintained his innocence until May 20, 2010 when he admitted to doping.  He accused Lance Armstrong of participating in an underground doping program from 2002-2004.
Greg LeMond- Winner of the 1986, 1989 and 1990 Tour de France.  Lance Armstrong has recently accused LeMond of doping during the 1989 Tour.  LeMond maintains his innocence.