Please remember that all statements unless quoted, are strictly my opinion of what happened. That there are as many opinions as there are spectators attending. I just choose to publish mine on this forum. And would NEVER intend to purposely hurt or discredit any other cyclist.... With that said... HTFU!
Dr. Pete, this is just more proof that you like to instigate. You can accuse me all you want of trolling etc, but you always seem to visit my threads without me calling you out or injecting you in and you make snide comments. Have some insight into your own agenda before you accuse me.
Both roads are possible.
Lance barely raced throughout the year - he trained and built up massive efficiency and base. He practiced the climbs he would eventually do on the Tour. He had a stellar team [something like this year's CSC] to protect him for 7 years and rock the peleton - and yes, some of them were dopers. Think about how many guys on USPS went off to become GC guys for another team. He had all the genetic potentials to become a great endurance athlete.
Either way - he holds 7 TdF victories without any concrete links to doping. He's scott-free.
Sounds like win at all costs was their philosophy when it came to the Tour.
After Hamilton left USPS he raced for Bjarne Riis before moving on to Phonak. Enough said.
Landis raced for the aforementioned Phonak team
Beltran had the same questionable test results from 1999 that L'Equipe claimed Arnstrong failed. That was long before he ever raced for Postal.
Most tested cyclist in history? Well, heavy testing did not come start until around the year 2000. Typical testing rules called for testing stage winners, and testing the guy in the yellow jersey. Plus, the out-of-season "surprise" tests. Given how many days Lance was either a stage winner, or wearing the yellow jersey, it is likely he was the most tested rider in the Tour de France after the year 2000.
A company that owed him a million bucks refused to pay him on the basis of a drug violation clause in their contract with Lance. He sued them and both sides were able to present ALL of the available evidence as to whether Lance won "clean" or not. The company ended up paying Lance WAAAY more than the original million dollars...the evidence he was "clean" far exceeds any evidence that he was "dirty".
Individuals don't win the Tour, teams do. If the team cheated, then he cheated. Whether or not he doped is irrelevant.
Didn't you guys know? Lance is actually a human-alien hybrid from a lab in Roswell. I thought everybody knew that.
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Damn, you need to look up your facts. Lance won the legal argument; that the organazation which controls the race is the sole arbitrer of whether he won or not. Not that he was more innocent.
Plus they paid what they owed him, plus legal fees there were no punitive damages.
Good post. This is why I tend to give him the benefit of the doubt. He seems to win in court each time too. Plus his blood is out there and can be tested at any time. It would be interesting to see if he agreed for those samples to be tested now and see what the result would be in a legitimate lab.
The other part of me feels that it was a equal playing field and he still crushed everyone. Winning 7 times is more indicative of his mental fortitude rather than EPO because if it were EPO, Ulrich should have been winnning every year but mentally he was weak.
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