Tour of California

Whom does public believe: Armstrong or detractors?

Fans have moved on

Diane Pucin

Los Angeles Times

Crowds were five and six deep Sunday during the final stage of the Amgen Tour of California.

Fan reaction — and these are cycling fans — was ambivalent at best about the ongoing federal grand jury investigation into Armstrong.

If the investigation is solely about doping, you know what? Most of that Sunday crowd thinks it's a waste. "I don't care," one man said. "Was the sport dirty for a long time? Yeah. So are a lot of sports."

If there is more to the investigation, if evidence turns up of financial shenanigans or drug trafficking or some sort of fraud, which...