Thursday, January 10, 2013

Lance Armstrong ! Some advice !

My Letter to LANCE !
Delivered by a Tweet , hope he decides to read :

Lance ,

  "  Through the many years that i have been riding the routes of the Pro World Cycling Tours, i have had mixed responses from you . Mostly they appear to have been favourable .I have treated ALL Racers in the same way , with a certain amount of respect , regardless of misgivings as to their proberty in respect of any  " Doping/PED usage "! It would have been foolish of me to treat " Vinkie " in a bad way , since his No 1 Mechanic , for any number of years , was always " Helpful to me " , whenever i needed advice or assistance . In fact the British Mechanic , Alan , on your teams at different times , was friendly and helpful . Craig , the Kiwi mechanic , with you at Astana , now with Orica / GreenEDGE , is another example . So many Teams have had their Record " Blotched " by the " Less than Honest Behaviours " of their Racers . Many of the Team Support Staff , are fully aware of the situation they find themselves with , the alternative is to leave , and HOPE , they find employment elsewhere . How can they be certain , that it is not , jumping out of the frying pan , into the FIRE !  Media Reports , suggest , you were less than kind , to some of your Support Staff , let alone those that raced with you !

You may recall that in Monaco , " Le Tour Grand Depart of 2009 " , i asked you to have your Team Members carry " LiveSTRONG Wristbands , in their pockets and pass them to any people in wheelchairs , beside the barriers , as they went to the " Sign on podium ".  I repeated this request , when riding with you before the start of the  Rotterdam Grand Depart , 2010 . Both of these occasions resulted in me being on TV and on front page of various Newspapers . Of course , my story , is so old now , that Journos take no interest in reminding theeir readers or viewers of my interest in Assisting " Para Athletes "! As you have told Journos in front of the Crillion Hotel in Paris , i seem to ride more milage than you , each year , certainly a thankless task !

I can think of several people , that have been inspired by your efforts , over the years in respect of LiveSTRONG .  @8 wristbandman was with me in Monaco and Jesolo , having fought cancer , successfully for several years , he is still supporting you , regardless of the mud that besplatters you in recent times !  39stoneman , is another that has continued , to blog his support in recent times .

Since the " USADA Reasoned Report " people have been trying to put distance , between their actions in past years and your current morass of difficulty ! An example of this can be found in a Tweet i received recently ! Mike Rann , like others , saw you as an opportunity to further their interests . No doubt as a Politician , he relied on his Staff to guide him ? With that advice he went along with the opportunity to " Publicise " the Tour Down Under " start in 2009 . Only You , will know , how easy it was to arrange an " Appearance Fee " , and where these monies were deposited ! You will be aware that most people THOUGHT , that this money was going to " LiveSTRONG "! Where it actually was banked has led to a huge amount of Speculation ! Perhaps , one of your mistakes , was  creating a " ( Personal Business ) " , marketed alongside the " ( Charity Org. ) " , ALL your detractors , have honed in on this facit of your affairs , rightly or wrongly ?  Mike Rann's tweet to me :
 " Mike Rann ‏@Mlke_Rann
@skippydetour Please dont mention my name and that man in the same sentence again... I'm trying to distance myself from any connection!

Friends like this , who needs enemies ?

Social Media has been of benefit to you over the years , not only Twitter , which at one time , was more tham 4.2Million followers , but other platforms in which you invested . Currently , there are a few Tweet addresses , asking people to use the " Unfollow " facility . Time will tell , how effective they will become ?

When it was confirmed that Oprah , would be interviewing you , in your home , many hopped on the " Bandwagon " with their views as to how and under what terms this " Interview " would be conducted ! Speculation is " Rife " , about the reasoning , leading to this interview . Personally i have mooted the possibility of a reoccurance of " Health Issues " ? Most are of the view that the 1996 Cancers , were the result of the " Cocktail of PED Products " , that you are accused of using ! Suffice to say , most are of an opinion , that this is about " Lance " , not about a Genuine Desire  to rectify past errors of Judgement ! The following link refers to a " Baseball Player " and his " Confession ":

This is an example that you should not follow , you will find yourself in a " Firestorm " , should you take this course .

Far be it for me to offer you advice , considering the amounts you spend , to retain the best professionals in every respect , needed to preserve your previous " Good Name "! With reports of your Assets being in excess of $125M , it is possible that you are getting good results , from your investment in their endeavours . Very hard to put oneself , in your shoes , and decide , if ALL your decisions , since the return to Road Racing in 2009 , were beneficial to your and your family's wellbeing .

Not having access to the Oprah Winfrey Network , i guess , i will see segments in Sky News and on CNN Sport programmes . Whatever takes place , ONLY a full disclosure of the relevant facts , will satisfy ANY of the Viewers ! People like " Jaime Fuller of " Change Cycling Now " and; " have voiced their concerns as to what you plan to do :
 Reading his Blog Post , reveals GOOD Advice , no doubt , you will have another perspective ?

No doubt , you are aware of " Phat Mc Quaid "  losing his WADA Executive status , he claims that he was on the Executive since 2009 , Heinous , currently , has not repeated his " NEVER , Never , etc " remarks , regarding your friendship , doubt he will sleep easy , until after you appear on the " O Show "!

In the past , you have had regiments of Journos , following you at the various Cycling Tours , eager to earn Plaudits , for a different " Spin " , on your remarks , NOW , they will be like Pirannas , endeavouring to draw " Blood " ! You will lose  , regardless of how " Honest " your part of the " Interview " turns out !

Since first posting this Letter to you , the following from David Walsh has appeared in the Media , both in the U.K. and in the Chicago Tribune :

Many of these questions have been posed to you over the years , so they will not surprise you ?

Sincere disclosure only , please ! The outcomes and their results are hard to predict . In past Blog Posts i have described you as either a " Saint or Sinner " depending on a Person's point of View !

Choose a path that helps your family , they will have to live with YOUR CHOICE !



NB   Should you not follow blogs in Europe , here are a few comments worthy of consideration :

  "  Difficult not to think this will be a highly manipulative interview by Armstrong portraying himself as a victim and martyr, only doing what others were doing (as the Lance-apologist photographer Graham Watson was saying in his blog a few days ago, which apparently met with Armstrong's approval).

  "  Being interviewed at home in Texas will also give Armstrong an opportunity to create just the right surroundings to say what he wants to say to an American audience which I suspect will be a lot more sympathetic to his case than people over here.

  "  That would indeed be ace. It's like a train crash, it's perverse to watch but not sure I'll be able to help it. Although the early-hours slot might take care of that for me.

  "  Funny, the last half dozen Lance stories have lacked any rabid fanboys telling everyone else how brilliant he is... wonder why that is?!

  "  He won't confess to anything at all. I predict that the phrase "maybe I've made some mistakes" will be used, perhaps "I'm not an angel", and similar.

  "  Then they'll talk about all his charity work, how many people he's inspired to take up cycling, and a million people who care about the sport will combust.

  "  The guys at had a good analysis of this nonsense. Anything Lance does is completely self serving because his cashflow has come to an abrupt halt. He doesn't travel on Livestrong's dime any more. He doesn't get paid to all of the things he normally does. Padrag even floated the idea that it's politically motivated so he can run for office in Texas.

Go away Lance!

  "  I think I did a little sick in my mouth, pass the bucket there's more

  "  Now, if Dame Edna had been doing the interview that would have been different

  "  You guys are all dicks... I bet if you were in his shoes you'd do the same thing. If I was on the brink of death and survived and had a chance to come back and start over, I'd do the same thing. I'd be all in, no half assing, you're either with me or against me, cause life is too short to f*** around.

Saturday Evening , i came across the " Guardian Newspaper " offering  , which may be worth consideration :


1. Observe an injured, even dignified, silence. Give nothing away.
2. Express televised contrition, ideally to a popular host.
3. Involve your wife/partner in 1. and 2.
4. Apologise to everyone, but don't confess.
5. Suffer a life-threatening illness.
6. Write a book; write three books.
7. Smile through your tears; be brave.
8. Mobilise the support of influential friends and allies.
9. Turn to prayer; find a priest; talk about confession, but keep the details private.
10. Keep Buggering On.

Some of these points , i am sure you have already considered ?

1 comment:

  1. Skippy, you've been a naive fan of Lance Armstrong for years, and have been impressed by his most deplorable behaviour, eg bullying Simeoni in 2004 which brought a big smile to your face. You and other naive people have been his oxygen a long time after most people were at least suspicious of him. You are as much part of the problem as Lance Armstrong is himself.