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New site calls for fans to express their support for beleaguered star, but is it for real?

A new website is inviting Lance Armstrong fans to voice their support for the beleaguered star as he fights doping allegations.

The Support for Lance site gives fans the options of posting supportive messages or displaying a Lance Support badge on their own websites.

The creators of the site – who have decided to remain anonymous – insist that Armstrong’s guilt or innocence is not what their site has been set up to address. All they’re looking for is messages of support. We'll put our hands up here, we can't decide whether Support for Lance is real or a spoof… there's certainly plenty of comedy gold on there, but then…

The site says, “Lance Armstrong is currently the focus of a high profile investigation of alleged doping incidents during his cycling career. These allegations could potentially strip him of his accomplishments as a seven-time Tour de France winner. In the last few months Lance has endured a public display of the prosecution's findings, no matter how unreliable the sources. Every week even the smallest details are being leaked to the papers and internet.

“In the meantime, he is still recovering from serious injuries suffered during the last Tour de France. All of this has weakened Lance, both mentally and physically.

“We aren't looking for money, and Lance has no involvement in this website. His guilt or innocence is not what is being addressed here. We're appealing to the millions of Lance Armstrong fans all over the world – it’s time that this international hero gets some support when he needs it most!”

Among the many genuinely supportive messages on the site are one or two worth mentioning, including this, from ‘Candy’: “I never forget him coming into our bar with his team. He always was a generous tipper and knew not to touch. A man with manners no matter what.”

And this one, from ‘SwissPharma’: “Thanks for your efforts on raising our product awareness! Nobody does it better.”

There’s also this one, from ‘H. Verbruggen’ (Hein Verbruggen was head of the UCI from 1991 to 2005): “Lance my dear friend. Just wanted you to know that I am here and will support you until the very end, or until Floyd's story is corroborated – whichever comes first. Long live the king!”

Okay, those ones might be supportive, but maybe not so genuine.

Lifelong lover of most things cycling-related, from Moulton Mini adventures in the 70s to London bike messengering in the 80s, commuting in the 90s, mountain biking in the noughties and road cycling throughout. Editor of Simpson Magazine (www.simpsonmagazine.cc). 

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Daninho [1 post] 5 years ago
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Long runs the fox lance man and my god you have been running/cycling a long time but youre time is up and about time!!!

Long live Paul Kimmage

Daninho

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rewval [2 posts] 5 years ago
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This site is for real. Strange as it may sound, we felt it was time that something positive got spread on the internet. Lance was a worthy candidate - his name is being dragged through the mud and overshadowing all the good he has done. We figured he could probably use a boost.

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Karbon Kev [688 posts] 5 years ago
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Good god now I've heard it all! How low can this man stoop? Just laughable ...

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dave atkinson [6207 posts] 5 years ago
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Armstrong in divided opinion shocker  1

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RUSirius [2 posts] 5 years ago
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So how long do we have to endure this load of ahh Stuff...

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crunch61 [31 posts] 5 years ago
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It's about time the silly old man retired for good - and stayed retired!  37

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rewval [2 posts] 5 years ago
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I'm surprised you guys are so hard on Lance. Drugs or no drugs he's displayed a level of athleticism in the cycling sport that is unmatched - even by known dopers.

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ChrisO [10 posts] 5 years ago
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And that load of codswallop is part of why he is so disliked.

To the average punter he is the world's greatest ever cyclist, when many cyclists regard him as someone who has demeaned the sport by concentrating exclusively on the Tour.

Would he have won half of what he did if he followed the same sort of competitive schedule as Merckx. I doubt it, so how does that make for an unmatched level of athleticism ?

Even when he came back it was all about the Tour, when he might have redeemed himself in many opinions by concentrating on the Classics.

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Tony Farrelly [2868 posts] 5 years ago
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Hi rewval,

road.cc is strictly Lance neutral… obviously I can't say the same for many of the people that use the site. My own view is that Lance may well not be a very nice person, but he's raised a lot of money and awareness for the fight against cancer, which in the scheme of things is more important than cycle racing. That buys him a pass on being a doper (if he was) and cheating all those other dopers from back in the day out of any wins they might otherwise have had, the proceeds of which they would no doubt have spent on fast cars and champagne.

Not that I have anything against either champagne or fast cars… if driven in a responsible manner - though best not to combine the two as Jan Ullrich would no doubt agree.

He was though very foolish indeed to come back, he's from another era and he should have stayed there, and got on with being a celebrity and promoting Livestrong.