Now, as we prepare to hear Oprah Winfrey tearfully discuss his many sins, he's even made the world's most sympathetic rich person a sop.
For much of my life, I have ridden bicycles. I crossed Florida, from Miami to Tallahassee, and biked from Key Largo to Key West and back. I've made similar voyages in Minnesota and California, Bicycling fitness is important to me.
We all watched him and his team dominate Europeans in a sport that we thought could never take off in America. And we all knew that he, like every other bicycle champion, juiced. They all did. And, before Armstrong, many others were disciplined.
The man achieved much in his life -- and history might even have resurrected him -- as it did Richard Nixon after the David Frost interviews. Or he could end up like Pete Rose, a disgraced blowhard who just won't shut up.
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Chuck Strouse is the former editor in chief of Miami New Times. He has shared two Pulitzer Prizes and won dozens of other awards. He is an honors graduate of Brown University and has worked at newspapers including the Miami Herald and Los Angeles Times.