Oh boy, where do we even begin? If you’re reading this article, chances are pretty high that you already know a thing or two about Lance Armstrong – the famous professional cyclist and seven-time Tour de France winner. But what you might not know is what exactly he tested positive for, which ultimately led to his downfall.
Well, dear reader, buckle up because it’s going to be a wild ride. In this article, we’ll dive deep into the various substances that Armstrong was caught taking and how they contributed to one of the biggest scandals in sports history.
The Early Years
Before we get into all of that juicy scandalous stuff though, let’s take a quick trip down memory lane and remember when Armstrong was just a young whippersnapper starting out in the world of cycling. He first turned pro way back in 1992 at the tender age of 21 (which if you ask me is just downright impressive).
From there on out it seemed like everything went perfectly for him – he won his first World Championship in Oslo in ’93 and then managed to snag Olympic bronze a year later (his very first time competing!)
But my friends…all good things must come to an end.
EPO is here!
By far one of the most infamous drugs linked with doping cases throughout cycling history has been erythropoietin or EPO – often used by endurance athletes as part of their fueling strategy becausethe drug increases red blood cell counts; which gives users an increased capacity to carry oxygen around their body.
At some point during his career (nobody knows for sure when, but more on that later), Armstrong began using EPO regularly too! Veni Vidi Velcro: He came. He saw. He stuck around long enough until everyone found out what he had been doing all along…
Testosterone and cortisone shots
Aside from EPO, Armstrong also tested positive for both testosterone and corsezone during his professional cycling career. Testosterone is a hormone that occurs naturally in the human body, although larger doses are often taken to increase muscle mass.
Cortisone on the other hand – well it’s not really performance-enhancing per se but rather helps with pain management (think inflammation).
All of these substances would’ve been bad enough if Armstrong had never admitted to cheating…but alas, he eventually did. In 2013 he sat down with Oprah Winfrey for an interview which marked his first public admission where he lied about doping since his Tour de France victory in 2005; And at this point we all rolled our eyes collectively and resigned ourselves to yet another famous millionaire walking away scot-free for wrongdoings because as they say “money talks”.
So what was it about those drugs that made them so appealing? It’s said that athletes love the feeling of being invincible/ unstoppable – even though deep down inside they know better.
- Greater endurance
- Faster recovery after races/training sessions (two things you can never have enough of)
- Increased power output
- Pain management
And that my friends concludes our little journey/pseudo-expose/diatribe on Lance Armstrong and doping! Hopefully now you’re enlightened enough 😀, knowing just what Mr. Armstrong has done to get himself banned from competing ever again!
The simple fact remains: we shouldn’t vilify or castigate someone simply because they did something illegal or unethical throughout their lives…difficult choices arise when everyone is pushing us towards doing something immoral albeit rewarding too despite its consequences hence one should be aware of all sides before jumping into any final conclusion/ opinion.
Hey there, I’m Dane Raynor, and I’m all about sharing fascinating knowledge, news, and hot topics. I’m passionate about learning and have a knack for simplifying complex ideas. Let’s explore together!
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