"In my mind, I'm truly done. You can interpret that however you want." Is not a statement to be taken lightly from the mouth of Lance Armstrong who has systematically denied any wrong doing all through the WADA and FBI investigations into himself and the US Postal Service team and dismissed all of the claims of ex-teammates Floyd Landis, Frankie Andreu and Tyler Hamilton as lies.
In a surprising move, Armstrong said he would not fight any further investigation or contest any more allegations, even if it means losing at least one of his Tour de France victories as a result. This all comes during an USADA investigation into the Armstrong doping allegations. Though in his own words, Armstrong says for him, personally: "Case Closed''. The Texan was asked if he would fight to keep hold of his 7 Tour victories, he replied: "It doesn't matter anymore. I don't run around bragging, feeling like I have to be a seven-time Tour de France champion," he answered. "I worked hard for those, I won seven times and it's great. But it's over." Worryingly for somebody who has so strongly denied any guilt and battled to save his name and his victories when asked how he would feel if the USADA struck off his seventh Tour de France victory, Armstrong simply replied: "I wouldn't be unhappy."
Although the FBI case into Armstrong was mysteriously dropped in February, even though charges of fraud and even trafficking were widely expected, Lance Armstrong admitted "I had days where I thought I was f*cked." A strange comment to make if you felt you were innocent, no? There are whispers that the hoard of evidence found in the FBI investigation may be released to a wider audience, which could be detrimental to Armstrong - a possible reason why he appears to be winding down his innocence claims and becoming more open, candid even - a sort of PR campaign to try and save what's left of Armstrong's character and reputation before the final, damning storm arrives. Maybe he knows the evidence doesn't look good, maybe he knows that somebody is about to talk. We can only guess.
Armstrong finishes by saying he really just doesn't care anymore, no matter what he says people have already made their opinion of him, he said: ''If someone says, 'I think you F*** cheated, I go, 'ok, great. Can we talk about something else? Because I really don't give a shit what you think. I'm not going to waste any more time having that argument."
Case closed? Maybe. Guilty? to be continued...