I despise these threads insinuating something is shady with Yardstick, and they confuse me because I thought everybody understood what his results mean.
Yardstick is the litmus test of a clean or doped peloton, christened that honor by the internet forum doping jury that just knows those types of things. He was the beacon of squeaky pure light in the doping fog that was USPS and Liberty Seguros. Whether he knew Spanish well or not, as one poster stated above, means little when your have a higher calling of being the peloton clean/doped yardstick.
Hopefully, Yardstick will finish high this year and thus prove the peloton is clean. Where must Yardstick place to prove a clean race? Is it 4th, to be consistent with 08? What if Valvpits (if allowed to race) or Contadope, or Pharmstrong finish higher than the clean/dope line of demarcation that is Yardstick's placing, instead of the equally "clean as Yardstick" Sastre and Evans? Ouch, that makes my head hurt so I better stop thinking about that.
I wait for July with gleeful anticipation, hoping to see a high placing by yardstick to carry us out of this sorry chapter in cycling.