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Agency To Issue Armstrong Decision

This July 5, 2004, file photo shows U.S. Postal Service team leader and five-time Tour de France winner Lance Armstrong, third from right, framed by his teammates as the pack rides during the second stage of the 91st Tour de France cycling race between Charleroi and Namur, Belgium. The U.S. Anti-Doping Agency says 11 of Lance Armstrong's former teammates testified against him in its investigation of the cyclist, revealing "the most sophisticated, professionalized and successful doping program that sport has ever seen." USADA will deliver its reasoned decision against Armstrong later today, a summary of the facts it used to hand him a lifetime suspension and erase his seven Tour de France titles. (AP Photo/Christophe Ena, File)

Question: In the end, were all the titles and fame worth it?

Tour de France vs. bicycle commuting

Judging from what I have seen on TV, there appear to be two basic differences.

1. Bike commuters are not followed by a support team.

2. Tour riders are allowed to take a "natural break" when the need arises.

One problem we don’t have in Spokane

When it comes to apres race air-kisses, how do stage winners in big bike races know whether to go for two, three or four?


High Noon: End of the road

Lance Armstrong finished nearly 40 minutes behind winner Alberto Contador.

PARIS – Lance Armstrong didn’t want to go out this way.

In his final Tour de France, the seven-time champion popped a tire, crashed and struggled up the mountains. Worse, he appears to be the target of a U.S. federal investigation into doping and fraud allegations while a rider on the US Postal team.

One Tour too many? Maybe.

Still, he maintained he had no regrets despite the ignominious ending of No. 13 – nearly 40 minutes behind the leader, former teammate and rival Alberto Contador.

In addition, Armstrong faces accusations of doping by former teammate Floyd Landis. Do you think Armstrong used performance enhancing substances?

Armstrong Peddling Strong

American seven-time Tour de France winner Lance Armstrong, right, exchanges his empty water bottle for a full one from one of his teammates during the fifth stage of the Tour de France cycling race over 196.5 kilometers (122 miles) with start in Le Cap d’Agde and finish in Perpignan, southern France, Wednesday. Armstrong remains in second place by a fraction of a second. Story here. (AP Photo/Bas Czerwinski)

Question: Do you want Lance Armstrong to win the Tour de France again?