Lance Armstrong doped. But so did nearly all of the Tour de France winners in the past 30 years. Laurent Fignon (’83, ‘84) admitted, Pedro Delgado (’88) tested positive, Miguel Indurain (’91-’95) never tested positive but doped beyond the shadow of a doubt, Bjarne Riis (’96) admitted, Jan Ulrich (’97) tested positive, Marco Pantani (’98) tested positive, Lance (’99-05) admitted, Floyd Landis (’06) tested positive, and Alberto Contador (’07, ‘08, ‘10) tested positive.
Is Lance guilty? Yes. Did he lie? Yes. Did he go after people? Yes. But aside from Indurain who, unlike Lance, has kept his mouth shut and is a gentleman, Lance has been the only one to actually behave with any integrity.
Everyone of any importance in the sport, from the sponsors to the organizers to the directeurs, knew what had been going on since Gianni Bugno infamously won Milan-San Remo in ‘90. Lance is correct: for professionals and top amateurs, doping was as normal and as accepted a part of training as pumping air in your tires and filling your bidons with water. This was a given, and everybody in the sport knew it was a given, whether they liked it or not. It is very difficult, if not impossible, to believe that those corporations that were dumping millions into the sport -- and making many more millions from Lance’s domination of it -- were in the dark.
So if Lance