Ever wonder how someone could win seven Tour de France titles in a row? Apparently, there are a lot of people that would know just that. And with convicted doper Floyd Landis blowing the whistle on the U.S. cycling team for using performance-enhancing drugs, it would now seem that the federal government would like to know as well.
According to the New York Times, the feds have issued subpoenas to witnesses to investigate fraud and doping allegations made by Landis. Armstrong says that he’ll cooperate in the investigations, but won’t participate in a witch hunt.
“Like I said, as long as we have a legitimate and credible and fair investigation, we’ll be happy to cooperate, but I’m not going to participate in any kind of witch hunt,” the seven-time Tour de France winner and cancer survivor said. “I’ve done too many good things for too many people.”
We have a feeling that if the investigation starts to conclude that Armstrong did nothing wrong, then it was fair. If the investigation starts to point towards wrongdoing on Armstrong’s part, then it will be a “witch hunt.” Just a guess.
Armstrong does correctly point out, however, that the federal government probably has a lot better things to be doing with their time.
“Would the American people feel like this is a good use of their tax dollars?” he said. “That’s for them to decide.”
Armstrong said that he isn’t aware of any fellow riders being subpoenaed, and that Landis is hardly a witness that the feds should rely on.
“I don’t think the government will build a case on Floyd Landis,” said Armstrong, who has never tested positive for use of banned substances. “His credibility left a long time ago.”
We agree that the federal government should be more concerned with the economy, our two wars and the massive oil dump that BP took in our southern ecosystem. But all that aside, who cares about cycling anyway?