Editorial

All alone now

October 15, 2012 

When a leading contender in a bicycle race has seen the last of his teammates drop back, midway up a mountain, he’s said to be isolated, vulnerable to attack. That’s where Lance Armstrong is.

The retired racer and inspirational cancer survivor is all alone now. Last week, in a report devastating to Armstrong’s credibility and to his insistent denials that he’d ever done anything improper, the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency revealed affidavits from former teammates, including the well-regarded George Hincapie and Levi Leipheimer, who admitted their own use, in years past, of banned performance-enhancing substances and outlawed practices. Testimony and documents put Armstrong at the center of a persistent, secretive attempt to gain an unallowed advantage – or at least parity with competitors who were also cheating.

Lance Armstrong may be able to justify to himself what he did, but years of cheating and lying about it have at last caught up with this former American hero. The only route toward some form of redemption is to come clean.

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