samb01 said:As far as blood manipulation goes, his profile from the giro suggests otherwise.
While it's obvious that anyone who genuinely believes Armstrong to be a clean rider is either ignorant or crazy, there is a fair amount of 'having your cake and eating too'-reasoning happening on the other side. In this particular instance, the blood profile from the Tour is used a proof of doping (and I certainly agree with that), while the blood profile from the giro is not considered evidence of being clean.
It's very easy to seize on anything that confirms what you already believe to true and hold it up as additional evidence, while not even consciously registering anything that suggests otherwise. It's called cognitive bias, and most people aren't even aware of to what degree it colours their perception.
Another example of this would be a particular rider doing really well at the beginning of a GT, and people using this as 'even more evidence' that the team he is riding for are up to no good. When that rider fades hard in the second half of the race, the people using him as 'additional evidence' simply won't notice. This is a common pattern.
It's true, I have a preconception of LA and doping. Because like you said I'm not ignorant or crazy. As for the rest, I can only watch the UCI and it's so called war against doping get only more farcical