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Worse could come Monday, when the International Cycling Union is expected to announce whether it will accept USADA’s findings. If that cycling body does not appeal the sanctions, including Armstrong’s lifetime ban, the Tour de France has indicated it will vacate all of Armstrong’s victories from 1999-2005.

The upcoming decision won’t alter the guilty verdict most of us reached way before last week’s revelations. The only question is how long Armstrong sticks to the silent treatment. He certainly can’t resume his previous strategy of deny, deny, deny.

Continuing that lie would be more shameful than the crime itself (if you want to call it a crime; I don’t).

Armstrong’s story is no less incredible just because he was a pedaling pharmacy. The number of patients he has helped is just as great. Nothing he’s done on his bike can reduce the good he’s done on his feet, the innumerable contributions to cancer awareness and research.

Some folks, like former Livestrong supporter Michael Birdsong of Salt Lake City, don’t get it. “The charity was established and publicized and got their funds based on a fraud,” he told CNN. “The whole thing is founded on a lie. I would like my money back. We donated under false pretenses.”

Others, like Bob Kile of Kent, Wash., have a more reasoned view. “If Lance doped, that certainly takes away from his athletic wins,” Kile told CNN. “However, to survive what he did and come back at all is impressive. To come back and create good like he did with Livestrong is even better.”

Agreed. Armstrong just needs to come clean and move on.