The comeback was built on the money he lost in the 2008 Stock market crash.Stingray34 said:Retirement 1.0 was about kicking back with celebs, doing cameos in Hollywood films and easy morning rides with adoring hordes. The comeback was inspired by the money to be made if nice lil Vandevelde could almost podium at the 08 Tour.
It was also founded on watching Sastre ace the 2008 Tour and VDV getting 5th. Lance new that these guys were dabbling with their programs and weren’t amping it to 2005 Ferrari levels.
The Catlin program was about getting a soft landing back in the sport. He knew exactly what he was doing. The plan would be to win the 2009 Tour then do a victory lap in 2010 and clean up on appearance fees at all the races along with flogging off Livestrong products to one and all.
He forgot two keys factors. Contador was just as filthy and well connected to doping Doctors as he was and he never put the Landis/Hamilton USPS sagas to bed.
What always surprised me that in the 2010 he was still consulting Ferrari and prepared to win the race by doping to the max. He had no shame. He didn’t care. Even with a Federal investigation hanging over his head he was still doping to the the highest levels and trying to the win the Tour.