Are we to believe that Lance Armstrong, the ferocious, bloodthirsty Lance Armstrong, he who never gives up, decided to retreat and risk losing his most precious prizes knowing he is innocent?
Let's not fool ourselves. The only reason Armstrong has run away, tail between legs, is because he'd rather surrender than having his numerous and horrendous mischiefs exposed to the entire world.
And I'd say it's the best thing he could do. As it is, he won't fool any cycling fan who is reasonably informed about the matter, but he's managed to convince some of the casual fans and the broader population that he maybe, just maybe, is right and he's only the helpless victim of a global conspiracy.
Yes there is this but I also refute alot of the speculation around this case.
The governing body have been after him for years, and providing a virtual amnesty for other cyclists who may have doped in past tours, being allowed to get away with it without anyone finding out as long as they catch Armstrong just stinks of hipocrisy.
There has never been a concrete positive test sample, only speculation. Some of the blood they tested is now years old, the margin for error is substantial.
I don't know what to think about his innocence or not.
He's simply left it this way thus to be able to proclaim his innocence forever more and enable his charity to still collect large sums of money. Which is obviously as important to him as his titles, or more so.
He can't be bothered to spend his fortune fighting a case which is virtually settled the moment the hearing begins.
There will always be speculation. Regardless, it's a sad, sad day for cycling.