Armstrong set own fate by turning against Floyd
It was just a couple of inconsequential incidents that brought down a sport legacy.
there was no way those two would ever be teammates again. But if Armstrong had swallowed a bit of pride and hired Landis to Discovery Channel and then the Astana team, Landis wouldn’t have written the e-mail that described the US Postal Team’s doping protocol. This bombshell of an e-mail went out during the 2010 Amgen Tour of California and changed the tone of the race. Armstrong crashed out of the stage that day, and quickly got the hell out of town and away from pesky journalists. This was just the start of Landis’ scorched earth policy.
Silencing Landis could have easily happened a couple of years previously if he’d been brought back to the squad. The two could’ve raced on separate programs and would only have had to see each other a few times out of the whole season. Instead Armstrong wanted to screw over Landis one more time and flicked him.
Another factor that helped bring Armstrong down was the simple fact he is a jerk. While he literally has millions of fans on Twitter, his real life is filled with broken friendships and angry ex-teammates. He sent texts to Levi Leipheimer’s wife Odessa saying, “Run, don’t walk.” When it came down to testifying in front of a grand jury, no one was going to take a bullet for the now disgraced racer.
And if all the affidavits are to be believed Armstrong’s hubris was massive. He talked openly about doping, feeling he was above being caught. And if you read some of the riders' reports, Armstrong allegedly had the UCI in his back pocket. So yeah, for a while he was perhaps above the law.
Just these few small inconsequential incidents were the catalysts for bringing brought down the Armstrong empire. LeoGrande not bothering to clean out the fridge when he moved out and Landis not getting the equipment he thought he deserved to ride, which lead to him harboring feelings of betrayal.
After reading an article about LeoGrande I wonder if there was a small part of him that wanted to get caught. Leaving behind doping products, as well as taking pictures of them, seems self-destructive or crazy confident that he wouldn’t get nabbed. I have a feeling it’s the latter, not the former.
What’s Armstrong’s next move? He’s backed himself into a corner by testifying in front of a lawyer at the SCA Promotions case. He swore that he didn’t dope. If he now admits to doping that is perjury and possible prison time. Prison is no place for a 140 pound guy who shaves his legs.
For those who may not remember – SCA Promotions is an insurance company that had a policy on Armstrong. When Armstrong won his sixth Tour de France he was due to be paid a bonus of five million dollars. Now with the records wiped clean of his victories, SCA wants their five million plus an additional two point five million for legal fees and interest. Also the ASO, the organizers of the Tour de France, want their prize winnings back.