His response to EPO probably wasn't great then. I don't have any links handy, but I believe JV1973, as an example, said it didn't do much for him.hrotha said:Wait, my point is not that he didn't earn it, but rather that it wasn't the sudden transformation you'd expect from a 26-year-old who gets on EPO for the first time.
Also, as noted in some other thread, my understanding of the way EPO works he'd want to take it before a Grand Tour anyway. The positive effects follow-on sometime later. So, it's not like doing stimulants/pain killers.
It seems to me, the guy was doping, but relative to some, not much. Since he's in a sport where the federation enables doping, I can imagine him having a pretty clear conscience about the whole thing. The federation has created a crazy environment.