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Armstrong's fall from grace may help the sport

Armstrong's fall from grace may help the sport

Once cycling's poster boy, Lance Armstrong is now just another portrait in the sport's ever-growing expanding hall of shame.
Past winners and others in the sport say that, while sad, Armstrong's fall from grace may benefit cycling in the future by demonstrating to potential cheaters what can happen to them _ eventually _ if they dope.
Former Tour de France champion Bernard Thevenet told French newspaper Le Monde that Armstrong's lifetime ban and loss of his seven Tour de France titles "is really a very strong message to cycling and those around the sport who might be tempted to cheat."
Cycling's credibility has been repeatedly battered since the infamous Festina scandal in 1998, when entire teams were ejected from the race.


Updated : 2021-05-17 08:01 GMT+08:00