Not that I am disagreeing with you. I, too, believe that Lance's career was aided by PEDs. I believe he tested negative because what he was taking at the time was not yet banned and I think when everything comes out (and it will) that will be his defense.Read Dave Walsh's book "From Lance to Landis"..... it raises many strong points (with very credible testimony) that at minimum beg for better answers than Lance has provided so far. One would have to be an absolute ostrich - with their head buried deep in the sand - to dismiss the many pieces of evidence pointing at Armstrongs guilt.
But first...read the book (the whole book)...and re-check your opinion when you're done.
Personally, I come away with the opinion that Lance is a great athlete and cyclist; a truly fierce competitor no doubt --- but not a clean winner of the Tour de France.
Furthermore, Lance has maliciously robbed Greg LeMond of a tremendous amount of credit that he deserved for his great (CLEAN) victories in the TdF...and in the process, Lance has damaged LeMonds legitimate income potential by his self-serving attacks against the man who truly deserves the title of "America's Greatest Cyclist so far"......Greg had the integrity to quit the sport while still strong enough to win rather than turn to doping just to keep up.
This is my somewhat educated opinion....before you attack it, please read Walsh's book.
However, whose to say that Greg Lamond was clean. Just because he says he was doesn't make it so. Back in the late 70s and early 80s (when I was racing) PEDs weren't and issue. People took stuff and we knew it and nothing was ever said about it nor was anyone ever tested (at least I never saw anyone get tested).
I think everyone that has ridden in the pro pelaton is suspect. I myself took copious amounts of No-doze during races. I don't know if it helped and it wasn't banned but on could easily argue caffeine is performance enhancing.
I don't condone drug use but it has been and always be a part of pro sports. And, knowing this, I think it is a shame that some riders have had their careers ended abruptly while others sally forth drugged out of their minds. Not only is the testing unreliable but the way it is carried out is arbitrary at best. And like I have said before, the teams will always have greater resources than the drug testing organizations and will always be light years ahead of them as far as PEDs are concerned. Hell, I have even heard rumors of nanotechnology being used...not in the future, but now.
To say with certainty that Greg was clean is tantamount to saying there is a God. PEDs or no PEDs these athletes are tremendously gifted and I believe we need to take the focus off the negative and place it where it belongs...on the beauty of the sport.