Not defending him - but virtually all of his top GC rivals were doped to the max:
casual obsever wrote:
EPO LANCE was huge, though. Hilarious that the French cameramen and producers chose an overhead shot in that segment.
That Lance was a drug cheat, was public knowledge in Europe after his positive tests in 1999. His positive EPO tests continued to be brought up in various newspapers too. Only some die-hard fans were still defending him here over ten years later.
And sadly, neither UCI nor USADA nor WADA ever dared to or could catch and ban him during his active years.
"More importantly for Lance Armstrong, during the 7-year window when he won every Tour de France (1999-2005), 87% of the top-10 finishers (61 of 70) were confirmed dopers or suspected of doping."
Holy crap - "87% of the top-10 finishers!" (that's a stat that even rekrunner would have to accept. Lol).
Here's the deal: Because of Lance's bad attitude and all that, he's considered a "bad doper." His main rival, Jan Ulrich, (another admitted doper who gets to keep his 96 Tour win & 3 Tour runner-up finishes to Lance), is a real likeable guy who is considered a "good doper."
So takeaway LA's crap attitude and he was a good responder to PEDs and the best placed doper for 7 consecutive Tours. 😉