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For the future of cycling, Lance Armstrong should come clean

Lance Armstrong was such an important cultural figure — someone whose gritty determination in beating cancer became a metaphor for a record-breaking athletic career — that, with each painful revelation about his doping history, the public has given him the benefit of the doubt. First, denial; then, disbelief; finally, the sense that he was just following the crowd, doing what so many Tour de France competitors were doing.

Then, last week, the US Anti-Doping Agency issued a 200-page report detailing how Armstrong used just about every means imaginable to take the banned blood booster erythropoietin and then to conceal it. The facts are so difficult to deny, the details so sweeping, the evidence so persuasive that only one conclusion can be reached: Armstrong’s success was a massive fraud.

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