Disgraced cycling star Lance Armstrong is reportedly trying to find a way to return to competing in triathlon, and according to Australian newspaper the Daily Telegraph, the most recent Ironman world champions have no interest in his return.
“We are all done with the cheating and lies,” 2012 Ironman world champion Pete Jacobs told the newspaper. “The advantages, because he could train so much harder, are still there. That would be an unfair advantage. If the body is fitter, stronger, it is still effective. It (Armstrong’s body) would have to retain some of that.”
When asked if he would welcome Armstrong back to the sport Jacobs pointed to the fact that nearly every triathlon revolves around an age-group race, and they would likely not be excited to see him competing in their sport. “No, not really, I think it would cause too much of a stir,” Jacobs said. “This is a a sport driven by age groupers. People would not be happy to see him back.”
As for Alexander, he believes the rules need to be tightened so that Armstrong has no chance at returning. “We need to draw a line in the sand and say ‘no’,” he said. “This is a great time to take stock and put new rules in place for zero tolerance.”