There was no reason for the delay no matter what the usda claim
There's one very obvious reason. It gave those that testified against Armstrong the chance to get to the end of the season and retire before their suspensions began. Those that aren't retiring get to sit out their suspension during the close season and don't miss much of teh main european based season next year. Six months suspension for the amount of doping they did is pitiful even if they have done a deal to spill teh beans on Armstrong.
For what it is worth, I agree that this is too much of a coincidence. George Hincapie was a loyal domestique to Lance for years and from what I have read, a friend too. It does appear to be slightly odd that he chooses to pass on this information now, when he has just retired.
It appears that this sport has always been full of such scandal and I am sure that there are a lot more people than Lance Armstrong that need to be brought to rights......There was Vinokourov who was in yellow for the 2007 tour....then Contador stripped of his win in 2010 for apparent contaminated beef - and many others that have tested positive within the years.
For me, Lance Armstrong has always been a hero. If all this is true and UCI strip him of his wins....to me it is a sad day. I do not condone cheating and the level of deceit appears to be too high to be excused.
Based on lies or not though, no-one can take away the fantastic work he has done for cancer survivors and their families.
As for arrogance......unfortunately a huge proportion of the world suffer from the same condition!
Just my opinion, because we all have one and that is all they are, at the end of the day!
I may be bad but I'm perfectly good at it!