|Lance Armstrong has been cleared as the federal investigation into doping and financial irregularities was dropped. An announcement was quietly put out late on Friday.
During a lengthy investigation spanning 20 months, investigators failed to find a single reason to prosecute the seven time Tour de France winner. Grand jury testimony against Armstrong came from embittered former colleagues with proven records of doping and deceit.
The end of the investigation will prove humiliating to federal investigator Jeff Novitzky who hounded Armstrong and recently failed in his bid to prosecute baseball player Barry Bonds.
The move to stop the investigation puts an end to the legal persecution endured by Armstrong. The famous cancer survivor can now resume his role as a charity fundraiser. Cycling fans can now draw a line under the past.
|Lance Armstrong is facing fresh questions over his past as the federal investigation into doping and financial irregularities was dropped. An announcement was quietly put out late on Friday.
During a lengthy investigation spanning 20 months, investigators built a substantial dossier against the seven time Tour de France winner. Grand jury testimony against Armstrong mainly came from some of his closest former team mates who decided to speak out.
The end of the investigation could give the last laugh to federal investigator Jeff Novitzky who built the case against Armstrong and was responsible for exposing the doping of baseball player Barry Bonds.
The move to stop the investigation does not mark the end of Armstrong’s problems. The embattled cyclist will now find the US Anti-Doping Agency investigating him. Cycling fans will continue argue over his past achievements.
It is no surprise to find the subject of Lance Armstrong continues to divide cycling fans like nothing else. Having said this morning there was not much to say on the matter it seems many want to have a say, although it seems to involve both sides camping on their positions. If you think Armstrong rode clean then the end of the investigation is a validation; if you think he might have doped then you seek conspiracy or wait for USADA to pick up the baton.
It’s not just fans on forums. Even journalists have been debating today, watching the thoughts of many via twitter shows differences amongst the experts who are paid to weigh up evidence and report facts.
I find it fascinating to watch a concept of two truths, with both sides equally convinced they are right.