It is precisely because organisations like USADA are not prepared to let it drop that this is a GOOD thing for the sport of cycling.
Once people know that if they cheat, it will come out. Maybe not today, maybe not tomorrow, but someday. And their ill-gotten gains will be wiped out. Maybe then they will start to realise that cheating is not worth it.
Dopers not only cheat the viewing public, but they steal. That's right, they are theives. Stealing prize money and titles from clean competitors.
This report and the ban for LA are good things for our sport. My only disagreement is with the discount on the bans for the confessed cheats. A reduction from 2 years to 6 months seems overly generous to me. 12 months would seem fairer.
We certianly have on some points an agreement Graham
It would be the epitomy of double standards to say boo yah druggies we are going to get you and ban you for life...and then within the next breath say...unless your one of our bitches then you can still race till the end of the season and then have 6 months off
It's that double standard that i have to disagree with on where you say it's good that the usda will not let it drop.
In many ways it promotes cheating...imagine a rider gets caught, knows a life ban possibly is coming and then remembers the benchmark the usda has just set..the rider thinks..I know I'll grass a few people up and I'll only get 6 months ban and even then only once the season has finished, hoorahh...they have very much set a rod for their own back
My own feeling also is that the usda are probably the biggest bullies within the sport determined to undermine also the uci in a way to promote themselves as the vanguard of truth and justice...given the previous paragraph it would be nigh on impossible to see that but they are hoping to give missdirection through it's all Lances fault, to hide their own wrongdoings
People will still see Lance as the greatest cyclist and promoter of cycling ever
Some others will see him as the biggest wrongdoer within the sport
Others will not be bothered because they have no interest in cycling
But I will think of this..if some think by dealing with a scapegoat retired racer who no longer competes will remove drugs from cycling...then they are more dellusional than the usda