Topic archives: Lance Armstrong

Justice in sport

Justice in sport

May 23, 2013

Do we need more evangelical cheerleading and yelling about "catching the cheats" from politicians and supporters of a confected "war on doping" or some commonsense and critical reflection that makes athletes part of the solution - not all of the the problem?

Ten (Australian) questions for Cancer Jesus

Ten (Australian) questions for Cancer Jesus

January 17, 2013 18

If Cancer Jesus ever returns to Adelaide he can expect to be dragged from his private jet at the airport, hitched to the back of a truck with a rope, hauled into the city down Anzac Parade and his lifeless body hung for display from a light standard in Victoria Square while the crowds that once sang his praises to the sky bay for his blood. He doesn't deserve any better.

Mike Turtur – will an “absolute coup” turn into “quite a mess”?

Mike Turtur – will an “absolute coup” turn into “quite a mess”?

October 22, 2012 7

Since late 2008 Turtur has arguably been the most powerful man in Australian cycling and his seat at the table of the body responsible for the world-wide administration of cycling makes him one of the most powerful in world cycling.

Tomalaris on Lance Armstrong: “an ambassador for the human race” … “stomping his way to success”

Tomalaris on Lance Armstrong: “an ambassador for the human race” … “stomping his way to success”

October 20, 2012 5

I came across a few gems from Tomalaris that I thought would be useful to share, including: "I guess I fit in the category of those who have always admired Lance, and I confess, I have done so unashamedly. I feel his amazing record in life and sports speaks for itself."

Post-Armstrong Cycling Australia eats itself alive

Post-Armstrong Cycling Australia eats itself alive

October 18, 2012 1

Others in the Cycling Australia network also need to come clean about their participation - in many different ways - in the long-term corruption of Australian cycling. They need to reveal their roles in maintaining the Armstrong conspiracy and their role in inducting others into that system.

Four years of The Northern Myth on Australian cycling, money, doping, Armstrong and more …

Four years of The Northern Myth on Australian cycling, money, doping, Armstrong and more …

October 16, 2012 1

A look back into the dirty flood of money, drugs, power and rumour that swirl around cycling in Australia and elsewhere.

Is the Flinders LIVESTRONG Cancer Research Centre an accomplice to Lance Armstrong’s fantasy?

Is the Flinders LIVESTRONG Cancer Research Centre an accomplice to Lance Armstrong’s fantasy?

October 15, 2012 1

I do not know whether Flinders did pay Armstrong or any organisations associated with him for the use of the trademark LIVESTRONG™ or the other matters raised here ... I think it is important that these questions be asked – particularly because we know so little ... about the arrangements between Armstrong and the South Australian government and other agencies in that state.

Lance Armstrong and the conspiracy of dunces*

Lance Armstrong and the conspiracy of dunces*

June 18, 2012 14

These charges are baseless, motivated by spite and advanced through testimony bought and paid for by promises of anonymity and immunity. Although USADA alleges a wide-ranging conspiracy extended over more than 16 years, I am the only athlete it has chosen to charge. USADA’s malice, its methods, its star-chamber practices, and its decision to punish first and adjudicate later all are at odds with our ideals of fairness and fair play. I have never doped.

Dear Mike, we need to talk about Lance…

May 23, 2011 6

Surely it is now time for Mr Rann and his minions to finally cast Lance Armstrong adrift and start answering the many outstanding questions about the relationships between his government and Armstrong?

Armstrong to quit TdU & leave legacy as “saddest deception in sports history”?

January 19, 2011 18

I won’t insult my readers by trawling through the sycophantic puffery that is passed off as serious commentary on Lance Armstrong in the Australia media. You can pick up plenty of that for yourself in the tabloids and on the TV. And the broadsheet coverage isn’t much better. Most of that reporting – and the guff spouted by politicians - treats Armstrong as if he was some God come to earth on two wheels to lead us into some glorious future after the “war” on cancer has been won.

An open letter to Lance Armstrong…

An open letter to Lance Armstrong…

January 14, 2011 31

So I'll take a stab in the commercially-confident-and-very-secret-dark and say you'll be pitching for $AU2.5 million for your visit to South Australia this year. Again, if I'm wrong please feel free to correct me - or get someone from Ranny's office to drop me a line.

Floyd Landis – I want to be a catalyst for positive change

Floyd Landis – I want to be a catalyst for positive change

September 18, 2010

I do not wish to use the conference as a “soapbox,” nor do I wish “hijack” the world championships. I will not and cannot discuss events or circumstances related to the ongoing investigations and lawsuits involving Lance Armstrong and certain of his current and former business associates and teammates, including what I saw and heard during the relevant time periods.

Doping in pro-cycling – evil riders, institutionalised corruption, both or neither?

Doping in pro-cycling – evil riders, institutionalised corruption, both or neither?

September 14, 2010 6

The New Cycling pathways research project will release it's first report; “I Wish I was Twenty One Today – Beyond Doing in the Australian Peloton”. The report's focus is on the perspectives and experiences of Australian professional cyclists and their cohort as they relate to new directions for their sport. This study engaged with, and ultimately represented the views of those directly affected by anti-doping policy.

David Winderlich, South Australian independent: winter’s light and the “state of suppression”

David Winderlich, South Australian independent: winter’s light and the “state of suppression”

January 18, 2010 3

David Winderlich: I don’t see any reason why they shouldn’t disclose how much they are spending on sportsmen like Lance Armstrong - unless of course they are ashamed of it. But there is also the fundamental question that is paramount in any democracy - which is transparency - why shouldn’t people know these things - what is secret about it? I think the general default position is that everything should be open unless there is a good reason for it not to be.

Valverde, the “Texan”, TDU2010 and what The Australian didn’t tell you…

January 7, 2010 5

As the recent fall from grace of the 'world's greatest golfer' Tiger Woods has illustrated, there are very real risks associated with the deification of sportsmen. When they are inevitably proved human both they and their sport suffer. There are some in the Australian media that would rather gouge their eyes out with their pen than write a negative word about the demi-god that is Lance Armstrong.

A chat with Graham Watson

A chat with Graham Watson

March 11, 2009 5

My favourite stage race is obviously the Tour de France - it really pushes you to extremes to get the work done. And there was one particular Paris-Roubaix, probably the 2001 race, where it was extremely muddy, really treacherous...and there are pictures that you know you will live with forever.