Geez, 20 pages ago lots of people were congratulating JV (including me) and now he's just a cynical manipulator who's just trying to fool the people who really care about doping in cycling (the Clinic 12). Bro even changed his avatar, but that was so two days ago.
Maybe, just maybe, back in 2003 JV didn't want any future he may have wanted have in cycling to be destroyed and that's why he didn't tell all then. Given his time as a Postie he may have seen first hand how vindictive LA could be. Not like the vindictiveness never bubbled up to the surface, or continues to bubble up, for all to see. Can't imagine a reason why someone might want to avoid that.
I can understand not giving Sky the benefit of the doubt, but I guess no one who came out of the 90s and early 2000s can ever gain the trust of the 12 unless they go down in a flaming mass of self destruction while telling all to world every single rider who ever doped, who supplied the dope, and the DS who supported it. Unfortunately, maybe it's only the 12 who will believe in that poor sap who then ends up living in a van, down by the river.
Why not heap scorn on George? Why didn't anybody scream that he is a worthless POS and only testified because he wanted to save his clothing company. Instead we got this from TheHog in June:
"George spoke outside the GJ so I'm thinking he has talked to USADA. If he didn't tell USADA the truth then he might be in a little trouble.
I see a sea change in George. I think his eyes started to open post 07. He realized that maybe things didn't always run the way he was lead to believe.
Of course the '09 chase down was the bitter end. Salt wound rub. Especially after the tip off he gave of the High Road left road split to isolate Contador.
I expect a statement post Tour to the public after he rides a few crits and cleans up. I think if GJ gives some form of confession to the public he'll be adorned even more".
Why doesn't JV get this benefit of the doubt. Is there no chance that JV's eyes started to open in 2003? It must have been that JV started his team of Colorado teenagers with the expectation of winning a Grand Tour. Telling the world (and prospective riders) that you're going to be clean and not allow any doping is the perfect strategy for success in those days. No one in the pro cycling power structure might have a problem with that. But then his team actually grows to a Pro Tour team that does win a grand tour. So yes, he too has something to save, but because his GT winner trains in Hawaii (OH NO!!!) instead of Boulder or San Diego or because he at one time had the current resident evil of the peloton and Dr. Evil #3 on the team's payroll he has a dirty team.
Yet who else other than JV came to the Clinic and explained those to all events, except RH in Hawaii--which, for those who don't follow geography much is under the purview of the USADA, not the Spanish federation.
Face it, as much as we all want it, this is not a black and white world. And while I would never say that we should not want better, who in the position of a Pro Tour team owner is doing anything more, is even pretending that the fight against doping matters to the extent that JV is? I certainly can't say for a fact no one on Garmin is dirty, but I have think the odds are better than 50/50 that the team is clean and I also think JV is serious. Call me naive, but whatever... I guess I just don't have what it takes to be part of the Clinic 12.