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Armstrong not all bad: Hunter

2012-10-29 14:33

Johannesburg - Former Tour de France stage winner Robert Hunter says Lance Armstrong has tainted the image of cycling, but he insists the seven-time tour champion should not be entirely shunned.

The US Anti-Doping Agency recently reported extensive evidence that Armstrong used performance-enhancing drugs during all seven of his victories in the gruelling race.

The International Cycling Union accepted sanctions last week that included banning Armstrong from the sport for life and stripping him of his tour titles.

“You can never condone the use of banned substances in sport. It is wrong," Hunter, one of South Africa's best ever road cyclists, said on Monday.

"The whole Armstrong issue definitely tainted cycling’s image, but for me personally, Armstrong is not just all bad, no matter what he has done.

"He is an incredible athlete and his performances in the Tour de France were something special.”

Hunter, meanwhile, confirmed he would participate in next month's Momentum 94.7 Cycle Challenge race in Johannesburg to raise funds for charity.

“It is very late in the season for me to still be cycling, but I enjoy being part of the Cycle Challenge because it is a true celebration of cycling,” said Hunter, who won Johannesburg race in 1999.

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Comments
  • rinus.groeneveld.7 - 2012-10-29 15:33

    Thanks for giving us an honest opinion from an insider! "He is an incredible athlete ..." - rest my case...

  • ryan.v.linde.3 - 2012-10-29 15:36

    i totally agree with robbie, but lets look at the other side of this coin. when lance won his 7 titles, he was dopping. so was everyone else in the race. it is just that out of all the dopping cyclists (that is every single cyclist on the tour), he came out on top. so theoretically he won fair and square. it reminds me of the hansie cronje story, where i believe he took the fall for alot more people than himself.

      tlethwane - 2012-10-30 11:29

      jst don't c how this is comparative to hansie cronje story??

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