Last night’s Oprah Winfrey couch confessional for Lance Armstrong raised some questions; of particularly concern was his assertion that he stopped doping after his final Tour de France win in 2005. Lance claims his 2009 comeback and third-place podium finish was clean.
Oprah Winfrey: When you placed third in 2009, you did not dope?
Lance Armstrong: “The last time I crossed that line was 2005.”
OW: Does that include blood transfusions? No doping or blood transfusions in 2009… 2010?
LA: “Absolutely not.”
Let’s just think about that, shall we?
Doc has done some homework for us.
Armstrong’s 2009 comeback blood
don’t tell no clean comeback story
take uh look at his giro blood
starts at hgb 14.8
drops to hgb 13
uh 12 percent volume expansion
consistent with what’s expected
uv GT guys
the Tour ?
starts hgb 14.3
after initial volume expansion
then it climbs
or up 2 gm/dL
at uh conservative 0.25 w/kg
good for a bump
ie there’s no fuggin way
lance finishes top 10
let uh lone
beets 90 days uv SuperBrad
lookit the retic
in the fuggin gutter
consistently suppressed for the entire TDF
like there is too much blood in this body
we sure the fugg know
it’s not just his natural response
cuz it’s not what happened in the giro
says 2 things
1. yuh sure is fugg weren’t clean
2. yuh just weren’t that good neither
(the 2010 blood telss the same blood doped story)
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