Originally Posted by Buckwild
Even with the testimony of his ex-teamates (all cheaters & liars) *how can they prove him guilty when he never tested positive*
? Thats like convicting someone of murder without a body! I don't doubt he doped but everyone he competed against did as well. If he is striped of his seven TDF titles who will get them, those finishing 2nd, 3rd and beyond have also been convicted of doping. They should have just let it go at this point, he wasn't even racing anymore. I is just another black eye for the sport and tarnishs the name of someone that has done a lot of good for others
. They should have used the money spent on the witch hunt to come up with bettermethods of testing, obviously they don't work.
Well, the proved it by retro-analyzing some samples that show abnormal blood patterns, they proved it by a very detailed description of how they avoided being tested, and they proved it by lining up many witnesses. That conclusion sucks for Lance, but, tough... I must applaud USADA for doing a very thorough job. I don't know if you read the whole 200+ page documents, but it is a very entertaining read. Basically Lance, Bruyneel, and a few others ran a mafia-style shop at US Postal that institutionalized doping, coerced people into taking drugs, and, basically, walked over the rules and regulations daily. All hallmarks of a criminal enterprise. Mind you they were very handsomely rewarded for that with prize money, sponsorships, etc. In the hindsight, that was obvious- how else could one team have 4-5 people at the bottom of the last climb that then would ride off the rest of the peloton, day after day... For some weird coincidence, every rider who left that team and went to another team was caught in a positive test a year or maximum two year after. Remember Heras, Landis, the list goes on and on...
Yes, it may suck for the sport, but I think it sucks a lot more for the handful of guys who raced the last decade clean and simply just din't have a chance... their whole career basically went down the drain because the sport was overrun by institutionalized cheating. This investigation is a very good thing for the sport, even if it only shows people that you can't trump the rules forever, the chickens will come home to roost eventually. By all accounts it maybe not over. The real story may be in the Postal ties to UCI and buying off the test results. The next heads to roll may be the McQuade and Verbruggen (the UCI officials).
And for tarnishing Lance's name- he thoroughly deserves it for lying to the public for a decade. If you are a public figure and you sell yourself as a model of virtue you have a bigger responsibility. We rightly eviscerate John Edwards for cheating, but somehow Lance is above the fray? I don't doubt his cancer advocacy, but by all accounts the guy is a dick in his personal and professional lives (despite his manufactured Mother Theresa image), and by some accounts Livestrong has a rather high overhead for a charity, so I won't be surprised if Lance is doing it not only for altruistic reasons, it probably is a rather nice tax write-off. Also, he has a very nice life, very nice nest egg, so I don't pity the guy a single bit. He can still drink his beers on the beach for decades, he just won't be a St. Lance everyone knew. And the guys who tried to do it clean are still wrenching department store bikes in the back of some no-name bike shops...