Lance Armstrong: Whom do you believe?
The latest accusations against Lance Armstrong threaten to build a high wall between the cycling champion and his adoring public. I came to admire him, too, because of his amazing run of seven Tour de France championships and his dedication to the battle against cancer. Though my job as an editor exposes me to a stream of public figures who have fallen from grace, seeing Armstrong's legend crumble would be particularly sad.
He chronicled his return from cancer treatments in the inspiring book, "It's Not about the Bike," and followed that with a number of books about biking, fitness and life.
Many top cyclists -- including Armstrong's latest accuser Tyler Hamilton (shown here, in foreground, with Armstrong in 2004 ) -- have been punished for blood-doping and other banned substances. It's a tawdy outgrowth of the grueling, multi-week Tour -- and always leaves me wondering about the leaders. In a 60 Minutes interview, Hamilton said that he saw former teammate Armstrong use performance-enhancing substances. Others have made the same claims, but Armstrong maintains his innocence, noting that he has never been discplined for failing a drug test.