30-ft tall Lance Armstrong effigy to be burned Saturday as part of annual celebration in England

11/01/2012 at 5:08 pm By


Lance Armstrong has taken alot of losses as a result of the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency finding a significant amount of evidence supporting his involvement in a doping program. He’s been banned for life from competition and had his seven Tour de France titles stripped.┬áHis quote was removed from a U.S. Olympic training center. Armstrong has lost sponsor deals with Nike, Radio Shack, and Anheuser-Busch among others. He’ll probably lose an Olympic medal too.

This weekend the greatest road racing cyclist of our generation* will be the centerpiece of one English town’s annual bonfire tradition.

Members of the Edenbridge Bonfire Society said choosing Mr Armstrong as the effigy, which will be torched in front of thousands of people on Saturday, was not easy.

Spokesman Mark Young said: “Lance Armstrong is certainly the biggest villain in sport, with fans across the globe feeling cheated by a man who was thought to be whiter than white.”

The society is one of dozens of bonfire societies across the South East, mainly in Sussex. Every year during October and November each society holds a 10-week “bonfire season”.

Sky News has photos of celebrity effigies burned by the Edenbridge Bonfire Society in the past, so in a way Lance Armstrong has made it. Sort of.

This person chose to set flames to something that reminds us of Armstrong on a smaller scale.

Just Burn It

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5 Comments so far

  1. Gatorzone

    on 11/01/2012 - Reply

    This is stupid….maybe we are sending drones to the wrong targets….all of the NFL, NHL aamd MLB players all using performance enhancing drugs and lance is the one to be made an example out of…so lets be fair about this…..strip all the awards from several MLB players and we know who they are..Mark, Barry, anymore???

  2. David

    on 11/02/2012 - Reply

    Right! Freaking Idiots! Instead of hosting moronic bonfires (and quite frankly beating the proverbial american dead horse). The idiots should make good use of their time and spend it at the dentist, fixing their notoriously bad teeth!

  3. Kristi Baicar Hilbrandt

    on 11/02/2012 - Reply

    Leave Lance alone. Whether or not he used them is not the point to me. My husband got testicular cancer not long after Lance. His was not as bad as Lance’s, but he had a “safer” type of the cancer. The treatment can take a lot out of a person. I find it inspiring that he even had it in him to try. And all I see when I see Lance is a man who would not let cancer keep him from his love. Him letting go of the fight is not the same as him admitting guilt. He has a child to think of. Would you want your child dragged through the mud for years and years for something you did to overcome a terrible diagnosis?

    • Candido says

      on 11/03/2012 - Reply

      Hey way to go Travis T. (USADAbenladin) Tagert. What have you accomplished.
      Are you really so naive as to think that destroying Armstrong did anything
      to deter present and future cheaters? If anything all you have done is given them
      better information on how to beat the system. You have stained a man who inspired
      many of us with his courage; drugs or not Lance did some amazing things. You have
      damaged a cancer foudation which will never raise as much money again due to your
      personal over simplified view of your goals. You have damaged the bicycling
      industry and other associated businesses in a time when jobs are deperately needed.
      You have damaged the American peoples’ morale. In general you have accomplished
      NOTHING positive except to feed your own disillusioned ego. It would have been much better to have let something that happenned primarily in other countries and so long ago by a man who has done so much good and could have continued to do so were it not for you
      Tagert and to spend your resources on cheaters who are out there right now, but that wouldn’t give you the bragging rights that “catching the big fish” give you down at the “country club” when you are rubbing elbows with other “Travi T’s would it?

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