I have no intentions of debating whether he is or is not guilty of doping because I am content to leave that to the professionals and authorities in the field and who supervise cycling as a professional sport.
You can believe anything you wish, but I am taken aback by those so invested in either guilt of innocence and with bringing everyone else to their POV. I just don't understand that need.
I do find the politics and somewhat arbitrary nature of this process-the ability to manipulate the system even on the international level-- highly disturbing. It may well be that we never find the truth--much less a just solution. And, no matter the end result, there are no winners in this--only losers.
That said, it is not possible to take away his achievements--both on the bike and personal--whether or not he used steroids and other performance enhancing drugs and whether or not he is an absolute asshole.
Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it. -- George Santayana