I have a confession...
I am not particularly fond of Lance Armstrong.
There, I said it.
Call me a blasphemer and a heretic. Say whatever you like. I cannot help my feelings regarding the "world's greatest athlete" and cancer survivor. Yes, I acknowledge he is the greatest living athlete and is unlike any other human being I have seen (as a competitor and strategist).
But, that does not necessarily make him a great person and nice guy.
One more confession which colors my perceptions. I am also a Greg LeMond fan and Lance has publicly dismissed him (I tend to find LeMond more credible). Plus, before Lance defeated cancer through winning the Tour, Greg LeMond had accomplished biking feats just as extraordinary. He was the first American to win the Tour in 1986. In 1987 he was accidentally shot during a hunting accident. He was critically injured, yet came back to win the tour twice more (against a much higher level of competition).
Does this make Lance's accomplishments any less impressive? No. It just might help to put things into perspective.
By the way, since Tyler Hamilton from Marblehead was found to be a dirty biker last year, I am rooting for Armstrong (and then hoping he goes back to Texas and eats a little barbecue).