Please note:
You are in the euro|topics archive. For current articles from the European press review, please go to

Home / Media Index / Articles / Choice

De Standaard - Belgium | Friday, October 12, 2012

Cycling mafia rids itself of bad apple Armstrong

The US Anti-Doping Agency Usada has completed its report on the doping practices of Lance Armstrong, concluding that the cyclist used "the most sophisticated, professionalised and successful doping programme that sport has ever seen." But Armstrong is not the only sinner, the liberal daily De Standaard stresses: "Armstrong's downfall was also made possible by reports by his teammates who finally broke the omertà [Mafia code of silence]. They may now play the remorseful converts. They are no longer abettors and profiteers, but themselves victims. ... By applying this distinction, however, the mechanism that made such breaches possible in the first place is sustained. The system gets rid of the so-called 'rotten apple' and once more declares itself to be clean. Armstrong becomes the evil spirit of bygone times. The message is: that's all in the past, today everything is cleaner. But after being tirelessly repeated since the Festina tour of 1998, what are such assertions worth today? As long as those who were at the helm back then are still running around free, no one can believe them at all."

» To the complete press review of Friday, October 12, 2012

Other content