- Jan 5, 2004
MJtje said:Funny to underline my point from previous post......here is how american people are looking towards this LA story (form litke's column on velonews)
A poll on ESPN.com had already generated 35,000 responses by mid-afternoon, with more than 70 percent of the respondents believing Armstrong was clean. Whether his numbers will be even that good on the other side of either pond remans to be seen.
On the site of het laatste nieuws (a belgian newspaper) the reaction was a lot different:
Strip him of all his 7 TDF titles: 43,7% and 51,7 still believe in him......
Of course, there will be a proportion of Americans who will believe he's clean.
There are some Europeans who believe that he's clean too.
The salient word is "belief".
The test results published by L'Equipe prove that he doped in 1999.
People can choose to ignore the proof.
They used the lack of proof defence - up until L'Equipe dropped the payload.
Now that there is proof - they still choose to "believe".