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But now we also know that Armstrong toyed with the admiration of legions of unsuspecting fans who celebrated his triumph over testicular cancer and bought whole the incredible symbol of hope that he became. And with each racing victory Armstrong was literally authoring one of the most inspirational sports stories ever told. The thing is only his victory over cancer was achieved honestly.

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Yes, there are those, like myself, who believe he didn’t win all of his races clean, but based on the reaction I’m seeing on the Internet, and in comments, and interviews, Armstrong’s good works for now seem to far outweigh the avalanche of accusations against him.

But why is that? What makes Lance Armstrong so different from other big name athletes who‘ve been suspected of PED use but who have not received a similar benefit of the doubt?

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There are a lot of ways to look at one of Sport’s most complex and confounding figures. Lance Armstrong is undoubtedly the world’s greatest cyclist, a courageous cancer survivor, a philanthropist, and a hero. But he is also an all-time hypocrite and liar.

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Like most premier athletes, Lance Armstrong, wanted to win, and he did so spectacularly. Yes, there are doubts, but honestly, I‘m not as troubled by that as I am with those who choose to selectively persecute and judge some suspected performance enhancing drug users, while giving those they like such as Armstrong a virtual pass.

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