The quoted bit above, I'm not joining Armstrong and Contador together. I recall the Contador positive being uncovered by German media. I would not be surprised if we find out later there were a number of Contador positives, near-positives.Mrs John Murphy said:(BTW - How does Armstrong make Contador test positive while the UCI attempts to cover it up?)
We know there is some kind of special relationship between Pat and Hein and Wonderboy that has even survived Wonderboy's global shame. So, there's something really special there even today. Who knows how that worked between the three of them many years ago.
The rest of the post were all good valid questions for which I have no answer.