David Walsh a respected long term Anti Doping Journalist tweeted the following this morn :
" Poopoo's ( clinic regular ) response to this news :
Later in the day , this tweet arrived :
Meanwhile in order to pass the time , those on CNF clinic posted this gem , relating to Lance's Business activities !
Presently the US Public is not as aware of the debate on Lance's Legacy as it could become , but the following extract will enlighten those who are on the sidelines at present :
This tells me two things:
(1) Team Dopestrong will say anything--no matter how goofy--to defend Lance; and
(2) This is the best Team Dopestrong can come up with.
This line of argument is disingenuous and stupid at the same time. Is Lance's target audience easily deceived morons?
Beyond this (short term) USADA case it's all about Livestrong, the Livestrong.com customer (sucked in via Livestrong.org) and the Lance endorsed brands. That's the guy/girl they need to keep loyal, and that's why Lance is still pony trotting around. And why he needs a sports event series to keep the brand alive beyond this "short term problem".
This Livestrong (and endorsed brand) customer is currently getting totally confused with what's in the news about Lance:
"Wow, did he really dope? Surely it's a witch hunt? Are any of these USADA allegations new? It's old stuff isn't it? Does it matter? But he's still doing the triathlons...? **** it's confusing! What, you are now telling me USADA is hiring big time tobacco lawyers?... That explains it... It's big dirty business Goliath trying to kill my little David cancer Jesus Messiah...."
All part of the game plan to keep the Livestrong (and endorsed brand) customer confused, ease him/her through this "noisy news time" by distracting the media signal. A new story angle every week, keeping interest up but reinforcing the same core message.
Expect more to come in the weeks ahead. All variations on a theme.
As much as this is all very interesting, what we need for cycling is a remaining focus on UCI complicity, and a cleaning up of UCI, so we can get back to enjoy watching our sport as we once did.
The day of reckoning is nigh and has been a long time in the waiting, but need to stay focused on what we want for the day after. A clean cycling administered by a competent sports administration..."
"... ...it is forbidden for him to say that the UCI, McQuaid and Verbruggen “have concealed cases of doping,
... have accepted bribes, are corrupt, ... are clowns,... are liars,
... or to make any similar other allegations of that kind.”
202 PAGES have been released by USADA ! for more visit
" Courageous Ladies on www.Tourdefarce.blogspot.com