Lance Armstrong – o amintire contemporană …

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22/10/2012 by Ironman Coach

Ceea ce m-a șocat cel mai tare nu a fost neapărat știrea conform căreia Lance Armstrong a devenit brusc un renegat al ciclismului – internetul este plin de informații despre el, viața lui, performanțele și victoriile lui în sport, precum și victoria asupra cancerului -, ci faptul că exact în ziua în care s-a anunțat public acest lucru, pe tot mapamondul, cei de pe Wikipedia au avut o reacție fulgerătoare: Lance Edward Armstrong (born Lance Edward Gunderson, September 18, 1971) is an American former professional road racing cyclist.” sau, varianta în germană: ”Lance Edward Armstrong (* 18. September 1971 in Plano, Texas, als Lance Edward Gunderson) ist ein ehemaliger US-amerikanischer ProfiRadrennfahrer und Triathlet.”
Varianta în limba română nici nu merită citită, traducerea este penibilă.
Și-uite-așa mitul Armstrong se evaporă cu viteza luminii. Mie personal mi se pare cel puțin ciudat, dar nu pot comenta, nefiind informată. Mă întreb doar: Câți nu se droghează în Turul Franței? Și de ce acum? Că doar controalele au fost efectuate la fiecare competiție, de ce acum, retroactiv, pe toată durata anilor trecuți …. ? Nu știu, dar ceva e ciudat …. parcă e un scenariu de film, o răzbunare, o chestie.
Citeam pe Facebook și scrisoarea deschisă a lui Greg LeMond (1986 – primul câștigător ne-european al Turului Franței, informații detalite pe Wikipedia), pe care o și redau aici:
”Can
anyone help me out? I know this sounds kind of lame but I am not well
versed in social marketing. I would like to send a message to everyone
that really loves cycling. I do not use twitter and do not have an
organized way of getting some of my own “rage” out. I want to tell the
world of cycling to please join me in telling Pat McQuaid to resign. I
have never seen such an abuse of power in cycling’s history- resign Pat
if you love cycling. Resign even if you hate the sport.
Pat McQuaid,
you know dam well what has been going on in cycling, and if you want to
deny it, then even more reasons why those who love cycling need to
demand that you resign.
I have a file with what I believe is well documented proof that will exonerate Paul.
Pat in my opinion you and Hein are the corrupt part of the sport. I do
not want to include everyone at the UCI because I believe that there are
many, maybe most that work at the UCI that are dedicated to cycling,
they do it out of the love of the sport, but you and your buddy Hein
have destroyed the sport.
Pat, I thought you loved cycling? At one
time you did and if you did love cycling please dig deep inside and
remember that part of your life – allow cycling to grow and flourish-
please! It is time to walk away. Walk away if you love cycling.
As a
reminder I just want to point out that you recently accused me of
being the cause of USADA’s investigation against Lance Armstrong. Why
would you be inclined to go straight to me as the “cause”? Why shoot the
messenger every time?
Every time you do this I get more and more
entrenched. I was in your country over the last two weeks and I asked
someone that knows you if you were someone that could be rehabilitated.
His answer was very quick and it was not good for you. No was the
answer, no, no , no!
The problem for sport is not drugs but corruption. You are the epitome of the word corruption.
You can read all about Webster’s definition of corruption. If you want I
can re-post my attorney’s response to your letter where you threaten to
sue me for calling the UCI corrupt. FYI I want to officially reiterate
to you and Hien that in my opinion the two of your represent the essence
of corruption.
I would encourage anyone that loves cycling to
donate and support Paul in his fight against the Pat and Hein and the
UCI. Skip lunch and donate the amount that you would have spent towards
that Sunday buffet towards changing the sport of cycling.
I donated
money for Paul’s defense, and I am willing to donate a lot more, but I
would like to use it to lobby for dramatic change in cycling. The sport
does not need Pat McQuaid or Hein Verbruggen – if this sport is going to
change it is now. Not next year, not down the road, now! Now or never!
People that really care about cycling have the power to change cycling-
change it now by voicing your thought and donating money towards Paul
Kimmage’s defense, ( Paul, I want to encourage you to not spend the
money that has been donated to your defense fund on defending yourself
in Switzerland. In my case, a USA citizen, I could care less if I lost
the UCI’s bogus lawsuit. Use the money to lobby for real change).
If people really want to clean the sport of cycling up all you have to do is put your money where your mouth is.
Don’t buy a USA Cycling license. Give up racing for a year, just long
enough to put the UCI and USA cycling out of business. We can then start
from scratch and let the real lovers in cycling direct where and how
the sport of cycling will go.
Please make a difference.
Greg”

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