Armstrong's fall from grace may help cycling Cycling's credibility has been repeatedly battered since the Festina scandal in 1998, when entire teams were ejected from the race after carloads of drugs oakley xx were found by police.
That four of the sport's top figures of the last 20 years have been sanctioned is seen by many as a sign that cycling is gradually cleaning up its act. Tour de France organizers declined to make any detailed comment on Armstrong's case, saying they would wait for a detailed explanation of the official decision from USADA and the UCI, cycling's governing body. Five time Tour winner Bernard Hinault was dismissive of how Armstrong's case had been handled. "Frankly, I don't give a damn," Hinault told Ouest France newspaper. "It's his problem, not mine. This problem should have been settled 10 or 15 years ago." Two time Tour winner Thevenet said that Armstrong's downfall "is very bad news for cycling" though balanced by the potential deterrent effect for the future. At the grassroots level, little change is expected to come from cycling's latest scandal. continued both during his 2006 08 absence from the sport and since his retirement, according to figures from USA Cycling. Numbers show an uninterrupted increase in USA Cycling's usa oakleys membership, to 70,829 last year from 69,771 a year earlier. "My only wish is that USADA go all the way and lay out the whole dossier, because we have to know everything, especially all the accomplices who supported Lance Armstrong," Baal said on France Info radio. Some doubt remains about oakley sunglasses stores the impact on Armstrong's vast and varied business interests. But the initial reaction from his biggest sponsor, Nike Inc., suggests that he retains their support. The sportswear giant issued a statement that said it "plans to continue to support Lance and the Lance Armstrong Foundation "because of Lance's "unwavering" protestations of innocence. Armstrong's other endorsements include or have included deals with RadioShack Corp., Oakley sunglasses, 24 hour Fitness, Nissan, Anheuser Busch InBev's Michelob Ultra, FRS energy drinks and Trek bikes. Several of them also support Armstrong's foundation, which he started after he beat cancer.
Former rival Ullrich played down the significance that USADA's decision will have on the sport. Ullrich, who served a two year doping ban, said, "I'm no longer bothered" about the Armstrong saga. The retired German racer, constantly second to Armstrong, expressed no desire to rewrite the record book of cycling's oakley sunglasses sale online greatest event, even though he would be the biggest beneficiary.
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