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Wed Oct 10, 2012, 05:34 PM

57. It is pretty black and white at this point.

USADA has 26 eyewitnesses, including 11 former teammates of Armstrong. Two of them -- Floyd Landis and Tyler Hamilton -- had tested positive. The rest did not, including respected riders with clean records like George Hincapie, Levi Leipheimer, Christian Vande Velde, etc. It's pretty much a who's who of US pro cycling for the last 10-15 years. And, contrary to what Armstrong's lawyers have been saying, there is zero evidence of ay kind of extortion or coercion.

The fact that Lance Armstrong didn't test positive proves absolutely nothing, primarily because the testing was full of holes and easy to beat for a sophisticated doping program like Armstrong and USPS had. A lot of dopers (e.g. Ullrich, Basso) never tested positive, and only got busted by other means, and even the guys who did test positive (e.g. Landis, Hamilton) only did after years of successfully beating the tests.

For example, at the start of Armstrong's career, there was no test for EPO. Which means that, obviously, testing negative proves nothing about EPO use. They also didn't used to test in the off season. That means Armstrong could have taken anything he wanted during training, without testing positive. Throughout Armstrong's career, there was never a test for blood doping, which again means that none of Armstrong's blood transfusions would ever have triggered any positive test. And so on.

It's also not true that Armstrong never tested positive. At the very least, he tested positive for cortisone in the '99 Tour, but was allowed to slide, and also his urine samples later tested positive for EPO. So that's two positive tests, at least. It's true that Armstrong never was sanctioned for doping (prior to this), but it's not true that he never tested positive.

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