The fallout from the USADA’s reasoned decision against Lance Armstrong is spreading. In yesterday’s online issue, the New York TImes reported that Nike has severed its ties with Armstrong. Armstrong also stepped down from the chairmanship of his charitable foundation. Several other major sponsors have dropped Armstrong, including Radio Shack, Trek and Anheuser Busch.
Anne Gripper, the former head of anti-doping at UCI, has said the UCI should be doing more to fight doping. Read all about it, courtesy of Cycling News.
Finally, a self-deprecating west coast cycling blogger speculates on the format of Lance Armstrong’s coming confession. The blogger’s logic is reasonable. One can almost hear Armstrong copping the lamest of pleas, “This has been really hard on my family.”
What’s curious is that several sponsors, including Nike, state that they’ll continue to support Livestrong, Armstrong’s charity. While I’m unaware of their contractual obligations to Livestrong, one would think that there are other cancer-fighting charities worth supporting. If you have insight into this, I’d love to read it.