Cyclefan it is clear from other forums that US Cycling fans were not as aware as those in Europe on the extent of doping.
Over here it is OK he got caught when's the next race?
Everyone in the Peloton was and is at it and we have just had another rider banned on EPO.
All you need to do is look at Conconi history and see which DR's were signed up to his ethos like Ferrari etc and follow them through all the Teams and you will see NONE are unaffected.
Miguel Indurain used Conconi!
Dont believe the hype which media like and USA are stunned with its is the same as it has always been a dopers domain.
Sorry for the bad news but thats just GT.
On the USADA info please note the following,
Bin all 2006 and before information as everything you read has been tested in court and labs and all passed as approved. Andreus testimony has been dismissed already as unreliable.
Hamilton, Landis and Vaughters testimony binned as serial perjureres and not reliable.
LA has a signed affadavit from Vaughters he knew nothing about doping!
Levi notary public is Hamiltons ex wife and her husband is the attorny for 2 of the other riders.
So collusion of testimony would be questioned.
All none Team riders testimony not admissable as taken as not material facts and not able to be substantiated such as 1 to 1 talks with LA.
Levi also testified he felt intimidated by LA but he still rode in the team and if his wife was in danger he would have left. he was also picked to ride when others were available, doesnt compute too well. He and others felt so intimidated the continued to dope afterwards.
This leaves 3 riders and from all the testimony Hincapie is more reliable than the rest.
Physical evidence doesnt exist and is interpretation of an expert so you get another expert to say different!
Does this mean he didnt dope..Hell NO it all happened.
Whats the issue it is the way it has been cobbaled together and presented as conclusive.
All the reasons above are the reasons that FDA dropped the Fraud case as LA would make enough of a dispute and the relationships of evidence testimony was in legal terms too close and looked like they sat together.
Read Hamiltons book for the testimony of some riders its that close.
LA will lose everything up to 8 years only.
Did he win YES because the playing field was level.
For wang & co who will say rubbish go research and then come back and tell me I am wrong and lets see who AGAIN actually knows what is going on.
LA is far from the Devil portrayed he was a pro rider who was more determined and a better rider than the others.
If you still have doubts about it look at the Festina scandal of 98 when LA was till recovering.
They had enough EPO for the whole peleton and they were not using using them for Darts.
Pro riders dont just take EPO it needs to be checked against a rider physiology and a Medical Advisor tells them how to go about it and instruct a Team Memeber how to manage and control the process.
EPO can and has caused blood clots that kill.
Skiing was the 1st sport to identify EPO as a huge factor in their athletes and banned it in 88.
In 86/87 approx. 20 rider died from EPO and were the data to help Conconi advise Ferrari etc how to administer it correctly and with less risks.
Look at Greg Lemond who in 89 was being dropped out the peloton back door and couldnt ride to save himself until Giro TT and he got an 'iron jag' and came 3rd in the TT.
He went onto the TDF as a huge outsider and expected to drop out but won after his 'iron' jags and managing to set a road TT world record in the last stage to win.
Its used in all sports.