Lance Armstrong Rides At Tour De France, Does Not Give A Fugg
Some people just can't take "No we hate you and please do not ever come back to our cycling event" for an answer. Actually, there appears to be just one person who can't get that notion through the carbon fiber shell shielding his thick skull: Lance "I'm just here for charity I swear" Armstrong.
"I understand people's reactions," Armstrong told reporters as he was getting off a bus to literally put himself ahead of the cyclists currently participating in the race. "I understand there are still some hurt feelings and that's a process I'll walk through for a long, long time."
Or cycle through. Uninvited. (Well, not totally uninvited.)
Former English soccer player Geoff Thomas apparently reached out to Armstrong, asking him to participate in the "Cure Leukemia" event, which aims to raise £1 million for cancer research by completing the 21-stage race a day ahead of the actual Tour. If it was added exposure Thomas wanted, he certainly got it by bringing back the disgraced seven-time Tour de France winner to the race he famously defrauded.
"Why am I not welcome? Because I'm a doper? If that were the rule, the caravan would almost be empty -- I don't mean the riders in this Tour, but in the press room, the commentary boxes, team cars [because] we all rode in an unfortunate era. But if you're going to apply a standard it has to be universal."
Once again, sir, the actual doping part of your transgressions isn't what burned your bridge with the cycling community (which includes Tour chief Christian Prudhomme, who called Armstrong's return "disrespectful"). It was the lengths you went to cover your ass. The dishonesty.
What you are doing right now is the cycling equivalent of showing up at your ex-wife's wedding rehearsal with the woman you left her for. You're a dick, Mr. Armstrong. This wasn't a good idea.
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