Lance Armstrong as cunning as ever

 Armstrong, 41, has redeeming qualities as a philanthropist. He’s raised millions since establishing his Livestrong charity in 1997, recently resigning from its board. The personal perseverance remains compelling. His apologists still assert he was the best of a bad lot, his core credentials on a bike diluted but nevertheless magnificent. Was he clean when he won the world championship in 1993, a mere 21-year-old? Or, as he stated, clean after 2005? There’s no way of knowing except to take it on faith, on Armstrong’s word. And faith is what Armstrong has forsaken.

His word ? It’s gone.

“Look at this arrogant prick,’’ said Armstrong, after watching a clip of himself.

I didn’t buy it, the self-mutilation. Bollocks. This is not a humbled man. This is a guy scrapping to salvage something out of wreckage. He can be pitied, I suppose, but not reclaimed.

“I see the anger in people . . . betrayal, it’s all there. These are people who supported me, believed in me and believed me. I’ll spend the rest of my life trying to earn back trust and apologizing to people.’’

BZZZZ. Wrong answer.

Sorry, no.

SOURCE: Rosie Dimanno, Toronto Star, January 18, 2013

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