Good questions. LA hooked up with a guild-approved Ferrari in 1995, but he wasn't exclusively working with Armstrong then, and he, Ferrari, certainly wasn't preparing him to win the Tour.fepate said:But he was on PEDs both before and after cancer. With Ferrari pulling the strings the whole time. So you're saying that the PED cocktail got significantly more effective between 1996 and the fall of 1998? Or did every other rider's PED cocktail get weaker?
Afterward they sealed their pact, made the decision to go for gold and certainly things changed from the mid-nineties to the end of the decade. A new generation of the Epo emerged, Nesp, for example. I surmise that together they both just found an optimal balance between program and methodology. Then with LA's cancer background and US connections who knows what he had access to and, under Ferrari's guidance, which resources were exploited.
It was an arms race you know!
So I wouldn't say the others cocktails got weaker, more the possibility that Armstrongs became that much more potent. In this sense he dropped the rest on the Armstrong "system", before dropping them on the road. Though this is point, which I have already stated.