Friday, 24 August 2012

Google+ trends: Lance Armstrong, Katy Perry

Google+ users are reacting in shock to the news Lance Armstrong has been stripped of his seven Tour de France titles and reacting to Katy Perry's split with John Mayer on Friday, August 24.?

Seven-time Tour de France winner, cancer survivor, founder of the Livestrong Foundation and one-time poster boy for competitive cycling, Lance Armstrong, was stripped of his Tour de France titles by the USADA (US Anti-Doping Authority) and given a lifetime ban from the sport on August 24.?

The move by the USADA comes less than a day after Armstrong announced that he would stop fighting a barrage of drug charges brought against him by the USADA. Doping charges have dogged Armstrong throughout his career, however his decision to stop fighting them is almost bound to be perceived as an admission of guilt by the man often regarded as one of history's greatest sportsmen.

In a statement released on Thursday night Armstrong stated "There comes a point in every man's life when he has to say, 'Enough is enough.' For me, that time is now,"?and pointed towards the toll fighting the charges has taken on his personal life.

Google+ users are largely defending Armstrong: user Paul Atkins states "How the f*ck can the USADA strip their best ever racing cyclist of 7 tour de France wins when they have no jurisdiction over le Tour?", Chris Dowell states "Lance Armstrong is stripped of his Tour de... France Titles. This is ridiculous!" while Ankharan Aelfana states "They have no proof.? They have someone's says so. Someone that was busted for doping. Not one single positive test except in 1999 for a corticosteroid for which he had a doctor's note. This is absolute BS." However other users take a different view, such as Mike Hawkes who stated "Either half a dozen of Lance Armstrong's former crew and teammates are lying about witnessing him doping, or Lance Armstrong is lying about not doping. In a sport in which has a major doping problem. I know who I believe."

Also causing a buzz on Google+ Friday is the news that American singer, and former wife of British comedian Russell Brand, Katy Perry has split with American blues musician John Mayer.

Other users of the social network are using the hashtags "FloralFriday" and "FidoFriday" to share pictures of flowers and dogs with one another. ?

The top 5 most talked about topics on Google+ on August 24 at 9:30 AM GMT are:

01.? #FloralFriday
02.? #FidoFriday
03.? Katy Perry
04.? Lance Armstrong
05.? Syria


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