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This physical, not sporting achievement.


HIS records may have been expunged, but disgraced Lance Armstrong continues to linger around the Tour de France.

Armstrong was this week riding the course of a stage as part of exfootballer Geoff Thomas's One Day Ahead fundraising event.

Thomas says the American deserves another chance to contribute to the fight against cancer.

It's a tricky one. That Armstrong is arguably sport's biggest-ever fraud is beyond dispute even if his greatest failure was instead his inability to admit his deception.

However, that he recovered from being given only a 20% chance of surviving cancer to become a seven-time Tour champion (even with the help of suspicious methods) was a remarkable testament of how a body can recover.

If Armstrong deserves a chance, it shouldn't be for his incredible sporting achievement but instead an incredible physical achievement.

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Title Annotation:Sport; Opinion Columns
Publication:Liverpool Echo (Liverpool, England)
Date:Jul 19, 2015
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