The following is an abridged version of a discussion on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/edpagecourant.
Craig Christensen: Although he was caught cheating for using PEDs, you cannot take away what the man has done for the fight of cancer; he may not have the yellow jerseys anymore, but he still has my respect for all his work to raise money for the fight of cancer.
Cindy Stewart Penkoff: Simply said, yes I do. Not sure you can fake all those drug test he was forced to take over the years, but his life overall was/is inspirational.
Dawn Cooper: Yes; He has passed over 500 drug tests. From what I understand, they have no evidence. I can understand why someone would just say, "enough is enough." He won fair and square. No one has proved he didn't.
Peter Verselli: Of course I do. He's never indicated he took drugs nor did anything show up in his system in over 500 tests. Don't give me hearsay and testimony from riders that tested positive for the same tests he was negative. All he is doing is telling USADA, WADA and the IOC to drop dead. He's had enough and he no longer needs them.
Doug Post: He's passed hundreds of drug tests, which others who have gotten caught cannot say! This ADA is an arm the government (taxpayer-funded) and simply wants to punish him because they choose to believe hearsay from the jealous rather than accept the hundreds of drug test results!
Sally Melrose: find the whole thing puzzling — they have been relentless, and found nothing?
Peter Verselli: Absolutely nothing was ever found.
MaryJane Borcynski: I admire him for his courageous battle fighting cancer ... I admire him for training to become a great cyclist and becoming healthy to win the battle. If he knowingly took those drugs to win the races, then I don't admire him for the decision he made, it was stupid.
Christian Stephen Meagher: Have to admire the way he inspired others and raised cancer awareness, but, let's face it, he's just a guy who can ride a bike. I learrned to do that at 5.
Sally Melrose: He just rode it better.
Christian Stephen Meagher: Oh, and he almost certainly cheated in some form or other. Why would he give up the one thing that makes him notable if he didn't?
Doug Post: Christian, because of people like you who even after 500 passed drug tests still want to hang the guy for no reason!
Christian Stephen Meagher: Doug, I believed him, right up until today. To quit is to admit guilt.
Suzanne Flynn Guy: I admire him more. He knows what he achieved and athletes compete for the challenge and joy not the record books. Let them go and move on with your life.
Steve Perez: Yes. Can we remind everyone that he has not been caught "cheating" or having done anything illegal. He has had over 500 tests in his career and they have been negative. Has he ever tested positive? We live in a world that appears to enjoy tearing down those who excel.
Robert Cane: They were all doping — it was an even playing field.
Steve Perez: 500 negative tests and they "were all doping"? That's just dopey. At least I made myself chuckle.
Christian Stephen Meagher: It's true he never failed a test (excluding the allegations for the 2001 Tour de Swiss), but it's odd that people were busted in his inner circle and were willing to come out and testify that he cheated, no? If Lance stood up and faced his accusers, we might have had the definitive end of this mess, but he bailed. The only reason I can he did it is because he feared they had him.
Steve Perez: When you hear of someone dropping the fight like this it is normal to feel that he has guilt to hide. It is hard to get your head around, that he was willing to let his achievements go like this. I guess he feels that he would rather it be done like this instead of the unfair fight he was expecting. His teammates would have had to testify against him with banishment hanging over their heads as well. Not the best situation for all involved.
John Porriello: He is a hero by any measure.
Lorna Nichols Hosley: Some people will always believe he cheated just because he's so good, never mind a silly thing like proof. I can't say I really blame him for saying, "enough." Allegations will whirl around forever but can it be proved one way or the other that he cheated in the past? No? Well, then.
Gary Covey: Kinda funny the Tour de France hasn't stripped him of his titles yet, and like he said, I still won the races.
Leo Forte: Never did!
Nelson J Struck: He is sick of the BS. He he is telling them to stuff it. After 500 negative tests he deserves the tight to tell them to stuff it without our questioning his motives.
Joann Yulke: I am not a bicyclist. I don't know Lance Armstrong. I do know that he has done a great deal for cancer research. I do know that the issue of his drug use has been a bone of contention for most of his career. I understand this is not unusual for those who race professionally ... he is not even close to being alone in this scrutiny. If they are going to pursue him, ruin his reputation and take back his accomplishments ... they should just fold the sport altogether.
Greg Fielder: These guys had their blood and urine drug tested all of the time. Lance didn't have one bad test. Not one. The fact that there are a couple of people willing to slime him without any corroboration doesn't mean anything to me. Lance was facing a USADA administrative process whose outcome wasn't in doubt. He refused to play. I can respect that. Look, the federal statute of limitations on non-capital crimes is five years or less. Had Lance sold heroin (while dressed as a nun) five years ago, nobody could touch him for it today. However, the USADA erased 14 years of his career as only a bunch of power-hungry bureaucrats could do. Lance is a hero who beat cancer and came back just as strong. The athletes that competed with him know who won those races, and so does the public. The USADA can go suck lemons.
Art Bisaillon: He is to be admired for his work for cancer and I still admire his accomplishments even if he was involved in doping because I don't think he was the only one. He may have passed more drug tests than any cyclist, but there are lots of cyclists who have passed hundreds and later been caught for doping. There are also plenty of incidents with people claiming they saw him or he admitted to them that he was doping. There is also his donations to the ICU. I'm not saying he did it, but if I was betting man ...
Jim LaFrance: No one can separate Lance and the number 7; cycling was dirty at the time, the playing field was even. His epic story battling through cancer is not diminished in my eyes.
Donna E. Ploss: Nope. He should be ashamed of himself.
John M. Stanko: Lance Armstrong's achievements in cycling and in general are incredible. You can't take them away from him. If you removed all athletes who indulged in various types of "drugs," teams would be very small. Additionally, the majority of these indulgers are certainly not addicts as is the case with Armstrong. I not only admire him, I feel badly for him because of all of this nonsense.
Mark Pappa: What substance did they find to disqualify him?
Martha Dean: GREATEST BICYCLE RACER EVER. PERIOD.
Kevin Miner: Yes. Why? Aside from his obvious contributions to anti-cancer research, his promotion of the healthy lifestyle through his LiveStrong Foundation, and his inspiration to millions as a cancer survivor, the man is a winner. Every single person who finished on the podium during the Tours de France from 1999-2005 has tested positive for performance enhancing drugs at least once — every one except Lance. If Lance Armstrong does not deserve the titles for those seven years, then nobody deserves them.
Renee Antaya: Yes all tests came back negative. Witch hunt.
Dinis Pimentel: Tremendous athlete. A great advocate via LiveStrong. I shook his hand in Iraq and would again today as I admire and respect Lance Armstrong.
James Pavlick: Absolutely! He is a great American. He has never once tested positive for anything. The French had a vendetta against him because he is an American who dominated their race.Copyright © 2015, The Baltimore Sun