Sorry to pick out your posts, but again:
No worries, the discussion is well mannered
You copy and pasted a part but did not reply to the mention that the other 5 athletes appear to being used to make the issue appear it's just not all about Lance and the witch hunt against him
You also did not mention the point that the usda cannot be seen as a reliable source if by their own admission they felt Lance had been doing this for years but they were unable to catch him for most of that and what they did have was very inconclusive.
On that basis we have a body that has been failing for decades, unable to guarranty what they get they actually know, what it is, from that they make allegations based on ..we suspect, we think, we are not sure but with no definitive proof only suppositions as I suggested earlier..they seem to be throwing mud and hoping something,anything sticks
as I mentioned he has retired from road racing so why to challenge this now? It seems very peculiar and I suspect it will do more harm to the usda, the world governing body and those involved in this witch hunt..more than it will damage Lance
USADA are in a very awkward place if WADA or the UCI or USAC decide not to accept the sanction and then decide to take this to The Court of Arbitration for Sport. All of this could be undone and that Agency would potentially be toast. This could happen, not sure how likely it would be but certainly possible. And yes, it is much more likely to damage them than Armstrong if it is reversed.
It would also put US sport in an awkward place as they would need a new ADA, plus it would put a lot of previously ruled cases into question.
As for the other 5, they are team doctors, managers and so on. One of them is Dr. Michelle Ferrari, and he hit the headlines in Italy again yesterday. The Italian Authority made it an offence to use his services in any sport a number of years ago, Pozzato (Italian cyclist) has just been suspended pending an investigation that he was training with Ferrari. http://sport.panorama.it/doping-interce ... -esclusivo
(Italian, Google translate doesn't help either really).
The Team manager, Bruyneel is also under investigation in this and asserts that USADA have no authority over him, however, he is going ahead with arbitration on this.
Pepi Marti was the trainer of Contador and was accused by Landis of being 'his drug dealer' http://asia.eurosport.com/cycling/landi ... tory.shtml
He didn't respond to the court and was given a lifetime Ban. he then asked to go to Arbitration and was allowed. That in itself is interesting as it could open the door for a rethink by other parties.
Do I think this is over?
No way, I doubt the large lady has even put on her dress or lipstick yet.