Mistakes made

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04/30/2013| 2 comments
by Neil Browne
Now a Tour de France winner, golden Olympian, and a knight, Wiggins is admitting his mistakes and setting the record straight - lining up in the 2013 Giro d’Italia Lloyd Images

Mistakes made

If you make a mistake, own it and move on.

We all make stupid comments - I know I sure have. The important thing is to acknowledge those mistakes and move on. When I say “move on” I realize that it's easier said than done.

Lance Armstrong made a half-hearted attempt at acknowledging his mistakes of cheating throughout his professional cycling career as well as being a bully. I say half-hearted because he is still unable to apologize to everyone who deserves it - like Betsy Andreu.

Andreu, who was in Austin last week to take part in a panel debate titled “The Real Price of Winning at All Costs: A Discussion about Elite Cycling” at the University of Texas in Austin along with Bill Bock, Greg LeMond, and Wall Street Journal's Reed Albergotti. Armstrong had been in communication with Andreu with the purpose of apologizing to her during her visit in Austin. But at the last minute the discredited cyclist texted her and said he didn't trust her and the meeting was canceled.

Armstrong can't move on, nor will he ever be able to. Some of it is probably legal as there's a line to sue him as long as Mont Ventoux. However, I'd wager that the reason he can't apologize to everyone is that he feels shame. Deep down, somewhere in his soul, he is embarrassed. To apologize would show weakness and weakness isn't in the Texan's vocabulary.

I'm done trying to figure out what Armstrong's next move is. A book co-authored by him that only tells his side of the story? A movie starring Matt Damon? End of the day, no matter how his story is spun he's never going to feel entirely free until he acknowledges his mistake and moves on.

I'll admit, I wasn't that much of a Bradley Wiggins fan. He didn't exactly go out of his way to treat the media in a respectful manner (and at times failed to act civilized). He was stand-offish and kinda douchy to people. And by his own admittance realized he'd made some mistakes back in 2010.

In an interview with David Walsh of the Sunday Times he realized that standing behind Armstrong and staying with the mob-mentality of bashing Floyd Landis was “stupid.” Wiggo defends his actions by saying that Armstrong was still a powerful figure in the cycling world and he didn't want to feel his wrath. I don't have a lot of sympathy for people who say something to just be able to sit down and eat lunch with the cool kids. The Englishman would have been better served to have kept his mouth shut and not comment.

Now as a Tour de France winner, gold medal Olympian, and a knight, he's admitting his mistakes and setting the record straight. Wiggo is lining up in the 2013 Giro d’Italia as a strong favorite and is also racing this year’s Tour de France in “support” of teammate Chris Froome. I use quotes around the word support because if you read between the lines of the Walsh interview:

“I will be preparing as seriously as I can for


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Neil is at least as egotistical as the people he rights about. Every story he rights is either about how bad those people are that wouldn't give him the time of day, or about how he was right and all of his wrong doers should be sent to purgatory until they personal apologize to him.

Neil needs to take a long walk in the woods and find peace inside.

jackcav's picture

I feel we are all owed apologies from Verbruggen, McQuaid and the penultimate cruel, vindictive and inhumane liar Lance. By we I mean anyone who loves cycling, and personally those like myself who raced during the 90s as a clean athlete. I ended up later finding out I had been donating entry fees to cheaters who got pro contracts with teams such as Motorola. I went from being highly competitive to barely holding on in a matter of a few years. Sure I was hitting 30 but I had the miles doing high quality events. All of the above fostered the atmosphere of cheating, stole my entry fees and divieed them up. For that people like myself deserve an apology.