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.