And I initally thought he got popped for some residual testosterone in his stocked blood supply but who knows except Floyd. I do continue to believe that the Tour organizers simply could not abide another winner from the Bruyneel Bully program, whether he was on another team or not. Lance being gone emboldened them to reclaim the authority the promoters/UCI had previous monopoly on. The WADA Tour testing deal, while it takes short term heat off of McQuaid; could also help to keep LA's influence in check for the Tour. I know it sounds Byzantine in the motivations but the Tour broadcast revenue is probably in jeopardy if another big scandal happens. ASO would be motivated to see this participation and, weirdly; they may have Floyd to thank for it all.joe_papp said:I'm glad that you find it to be of value. Though I'll be the first to admit that this part of the discussion is trending towards a topic that should be shifted to the clinic, as you seem to realize the doping game within the bike game takes place on a field where there is a significant amount of moral relativism and self-deceit. Trust me, it *seemed* at the time to be perfectly logical and normal to plan to fight the charges against me of doping based on the fact that what the lab supposedly caught me with wasn't something that I'd ever knowingly taken.
Of course, it was only a few months later that my thinking shifted from "They couldn't catch me for using the products I actually used so why shouldn't I try to get out of this?" to "I've been getting away with this for so long that I should give them credit for having caught me with something, even if I really didn't knowingly take it - after all I've been a serial cheat for many years."