With injuries and USADA allegations keeping top contenders on the bench this year, the starting list for this October’s Ironman World Championship seems to be getting less and less competitive. Or is it?
Who might not be in Kona:
Unless you’ve been living under a rock for the last month, you know that the seven-time Tour de France champion faces sanction from the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency and has been banned from Ironman events until the resolution of the investigation. While World Triathlon Corporation (owners of Ironman) had the option to allow Armstrong to race its races, CEO Andrew Messick released a statement that said: “Our rules, as stated in the WTC Professional Athlete Agreement and Waiver, dictate an athlete is ineligible to compete during an open investigation. Armstrong is therefore suspended from competing in WTC-owned and licensed races pending further review.” Until the allegations, Armstrong’s season had looked promising, having just won Ironman 70.3 Hawaii, but now his chances of making it to the Kona start line are slim.