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Has the Pro Peloton Had a “Patron” Since Lance Armstrong?

Love, hate or indifference, are just three sweeping categories to describe how people feel about Lance Armstrong. 

However, despite being at the epicenter of controversy for nigh on to three years now (and some would say longer), has the pro peloton seen a more visible and popular and gregarious personality since Armstrong’s reign in the sport? Moreover, has America’s enthusiasm for cycling ever again reached the heights it did, when the defrocked cyclist was dominating the sport? Has the bicycle and sports apparel industry, especially in the USA, since reaped and soweth from any other cyclist, as it did when brands were emblazoned upon the American rider?  

Whether one agrees with the punishment that was meted out to the seven-time Tour de France winner, as being just for his doping admissions, but perhaps a more compelling reason, is for the way in which he mistreated others during his career, has Armstrong’s place outside of cycling had a profoundly negative impact on the sport? 

While Armstrong continues to remain the pariah of cycling, who during his continued excommunication, can assume the role of Patron in the peloton?    

Lance Armstrong, founder of the LIVESTRONG foundation, takes part in a special session regarding cancer in the developing world during the Clinton Global Initiative in New York in this September 22, 2010 file photogrpah. Lance Armstrong will break his silence about his lifetime ban from cycling and the doping charges made against him in a televised interview with Oprah Winfrey next week, the television presenter announced on January 8, 2013. The interview, to be broadcast on the Oprah Winfrey Network on Jan. 17, will be the first the American cyclist has conducted since receiving his ban and being stripped of his seven Tour de France titles. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson/Files (UNITED STATES - Tags: SPORT CYCLING ENTERTAINMENT)

 

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