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Another triathlon drops official sanctioning so Lance Armstrong can compete (and he won)

Oct 8, 2012, 2:10 PM EDT

Lance Armstrong, Isabella Armstrong, Grace Armstrong AP

Make that two straight triathlon wins for Lance Armstrong, as the former seven-time Tour de France winner tackled and conquered the Rev3 Half Full Triathlon in Elliott City, Md., on Sunday. As you know, Armstrong has been banned from biking, running or swimming against other humans by the U.S. anti-doping agency because of past misdeeds with certain chemicals. But while he can’t compete in USADA-sanctioned events, there’s nothing to stop him when an event drops its sanctioning.

That’s what Rev3 did, and many other events are following suit in order to get Armstrong to compete with them. The Rev3 race raised funds for the Ulman Cancer Fund for Young Adults.

Those are Armstrong’s 10-year-old twin daughters in the photo there, who joined him for the last few strides toward the finish. Armstrong finished the 70-mile race in 4:10:55.566. Louis Therien of Gatineau, Quebec was second in 4:29:04.850.

“I would love to duke it out with the best of the best on that bike course,” Armstrong said of the Ellicott City course.

  1. mogogo1 - Oct 8, 2012 at 6:52 PM

    Say what you want about Armstrong, but it’s clear he is one savvy guy. I was stunned when he decided to drop his defense against the doping charges, but watching it play out, not only has it not hurt him, I think it’s actually helped him. Nobody is avoiding him or embarrassed to be associated with him, he’s still got legions of fans, and instead of reveling in finally defeating Armstrong, his accusers are now being asked questions about their methods and due process. There’s even talk that Congress may get involved and rein in the US doping agency to keep them from going after future athletes in the same manner they did Armstrong. The focus has completely shifted from the question of whether he cheated to whether he was treated fairly by the system.

    • dowhatifeellike - Oct 9, 2012 at 10:37 AM

      It’s hard to dislike the guy even if he is kind of a jerk in person. Anyone who raises half a billion dollars to fight cancer is OK in my book.

  2. All Seasons Cyclist - Oct 9, 2012 at 12:57 AM

    I love this story and despise the USADA for their heavy-handed tactics.

  3. J. R. - Oct 9, 2012 at 12:39 PM

    Of course people still love this guy. It’s not like he’s a baseball player.

    • badintent - Oct 12, 2012 at 1:35 AM

      you mean Suh ?

  4. florida727 - Oct 9, 2012 at 4:24 PM

    I’ve never met Armstrong. The only things I know about him are from reading media reports or seeing television segments about him. I have to admit though, whether he cheated or not, I couldn’t care less. This guy has raised awareness (and one heck of a lot of money) for cancer research. His legacy is going to go far beyond whatever he accomplished on a bike or in a triathlon. Obviously that’s what gave him the platform he has for raising money, but I admire how he’s used that platform and taken his passion for cancer research to another level. Congratulations, Lance.

  5. badintent - Oct 12, 2012 at 1:46 AM

    One would have to quesiton the plea deals and testimony of the ex-team mates to save their own butts . I can see why several federal investigators were very upset that the Feds were told that the case was shut down on the entire doping mess.We can all thank that idiot Holder once again for his stupidity. IF Odrama is re-elected he needs to drop his entire Cabinet, starting with Holder and Clinton.Any way, it just goes to show that when Everyone is using EPO and goodies, that a level playing field resulted in Lance winning 7 times. We can all thank the Euro-Trash for using every drung known to man to completely corrupt one sport. IT makes the 90 baseball roids look like childs play. Myabe Jose Cancesco can write another book, “My tour de France trip butt really sore from needles and bike seat.”