Personally, I think the past situation in cycling – doping etc – is largely irrelevant in the scope of the world. Against the rules, yes, but individuals choosing to put stupid things in their own bodies? Not exactly a terrorist act or a drone that kills innocent citizens.
Lance Armstrong was a hero in this hero-worshipping world because he won seven Tours. Not because he came third or eighth, or fifty-second had he rode clean. It appears he could only have won them by doping. The races were literally un-winnable by a non-doper. Just check the modern times by clean cyclists. In my opinion, the attacks on him have been stunning, hypocritical, scathing, relentless, self-righteous and embarrassing, even if he is ring leader and a bully etc. The cycling institutions — UCI etc — want to say Armstrong no longer exists and so on. Like they didn’t know doping was pervasive? They soaked up the glory of this cycling fever, brought on by Armstrong and remarkable performances. And we may well be surprised how much our current heroes and the teams we insanely worship or have worshipped are juiced up.
So I ask this, in light of all the talk about bullying:
If Lance Armstrong kills himself, will bullying be blamed?