There is a bit of talk going on about the Armstrong payment to the UCI that seems to be a major factor in all of this for some reason. http://www.cyclingnews.com/news/mcquaid ... -a-mistake
Now before I say anything Id just like to mark where I stand. I like Lance as a rider and cancer fundraiser, yes he is an arrogant pr**k at times but I can live with that (so was Don Bradman). I also believe he took EPO or some other PED at some stage of his career, along with 95% of the peleton. Pantani obviously took it yet never lost his grand tour titles so why should Lance if found that he did so long after the fact?
Anyway, they are saying it is so sus of him to donate money to the UCI, and that no one has ever done it before. But how many cyclists have made the money he has from riding bikes? I bet no one has even gotten remotely close, so how would anyone else be able to spare $100,000 to give away. Also as arrogant as he can be, he doesnt seem above helping people and donating to causes. Cycling gave him everything he has, why not give something back? It does seem like bad timing, but as the article says, no allegations were made public at that point so what would he be bribing for. And the money was pledged in 2002 but never paid till 2005 after he retired! If it was for a bribe he was pretty damn tardy in making sure his cover up was kept secret. Id have the money to them that day if I was covering my ass!! So maybe it is as innocent as they say and not linked to any doping after all.
Or maybe it really was!!