In my eyes the fact that Armstrong would not brake his relationship with Dr Michele Ferrari. Must raise an eyebrow in the most ardent Armstrong supporter?
Indeed. As I've said above the weight of evidence the he did
is strong. But as myself and g_baz mention
Armstrong (or mig for that matter) never failed a drug test in or out of competition which for me says a lot more than some story in a french paper.
Also you have cited the fact that he never tested positive, does this mean that Basso should be allowed to ride the Tour?
Think the context is somewhat different on this one - not really comparable is it? Basso was sucked into Peurto.
I will give a few names and you have to fill in the missing link.
Most of Festina 1998...
Same argument as before Al. Yes doping was prevelant in the pro peleton throughout the 80s, 90s and certainly before. Yes the riders above doped. So did numerous other favourites. Pantani, Ullrich, Olano, Vino, Heras, Delgado, Landis...the list in endless. Maybe I'm being naive but as I've mentioned before all the riders above were caught or doped before effective tests for EPO. Armstrong never was. At then end of the day my argument maybe moot. Afaik the French authorites have good stocks of Armstrongs sample's - I'm sure if they can nail him for something they will
If they knock enough people out maybe they can give a victory to a clean, deserving French rider like Virenque....oh, hold on