Well, I will take a crack at the whole Simeoni nonesense. In the probably rediculous hope that the Lance Haters will give it a rest and actually focus on what is being said for a change.
Please put yourself in a doctors shoes, and make the realization that a doctor must find the correct treatment for the patient. The way cancer is treated and responds to medication is very different from person to person for example.
Now, put yourself in the shoes of a sports doctor. A guy like Lance comes in and says, "I would like help to get even stronger." You can analyze that patient, already a GT winner, and find way to improve him without ever having to mention doping. A good result is just another Tour win.
A guy like Simeoni comes in and says, "I want to be the greatest rider in Italy!" Given the base, a doctor of questionable ethics may deduce very quickly that only very powerful dope will get this particular dope on a podium any time soon.
It is entirely possible that Ferrari had two very different relationships with two very different athletes. Lance's mistake was that he defended based on his relationship with Ferrari, ignoring, deliberately or not, the distinct possibility that a doctor interacts with different patients differently. To Lance's credit, when the finding came out against Ferrari, he broke his ties with him.
Simeoni himself is not exactly a paragon of excellence. His antics before this years Giro effectively alienated him from the peloton and the professional cycling organization far more than the Lance incident ever could. My read on Simeoni is that he is simply not intelligent enough, deliberately or not, to realize the implications of his words, and thus does not coach them in terms that accurately convey his intentions.
Now will one of the Lance Hater's, Maria?, please tell me what this has to do with Eki's comments?
Incidentally, if you would like to discuss Lance's doping, please go here: