All the table tennis players used ITTF approved rubber sheets which are thus available to anyone
I am unaware of any stuff that was exclusively available to only one country in the olympic sports I am quite familiar with (Skeet, table tennis, Tennis, trap, and archery)
Add to that, the $$$$$ value of having Armstrong in your race and the suspicion that anti-doping organisations in the countries involved might have been a bit lax.. well.
They dont have an axe to grind.. they have a reputation to fix. Marion Jones, and the BALCO scandal revealed decades of cheating by US sportsmen and women and the USADA/the system either allowed them or were blind.but the USADA has an axe to grind, and I wonder why?
The evidence against him is quite a lot. He is just finding an excuse imo so that he can go around fundraising claiming he was never doped because he was never tested positive. Once he goes through a trial like this, and looses, then he will forever be labled as a cheat and his fundraising ability would collapse.I don't believe Lance did it either, but he says he's tired of the strain and stress it is putting on him and his family.
and Lots of Euros blast Armstrong because they didn't like him beating them in a sport they thought they owned.
as to former teammates who wanted to testify against him-hard to say if they were being truthful.
Bull****.. that is the excuse Armstrong and his posse used time and time again to deflect doping accusations. It is actually quite typical American deflection tactic. Marion Jones used the same one.and Lots of Euros blast Armstrong because they didn't like him beating them in a sport they thought they owned.
What on earth would they have to gain from outing him? Most of them were cheats themselves, which in it self is quite damaging to Armstrong. You cant tell me that with all the former team mates getting busted for doping that Armstrong was the only one on the team that was not doped... this was systematic doping. He was their leader and their dealer.as to former teammates who wanted to testify against him-hard to say if they were being truthful.
cycling is incredibly corrupt-like Olympic boxing was back in the cold war days except it was the judges who were crooked. The best argument against Armstrong was his winning percentages against others who clearly were cheaters.
Its like Poker-if you constantly beat people who are marking cards etc, its almost a guarantee you are better at cheating than they are.
I don't have much use for people who got caught trying to take down someone who didn't. IT just smacks of sour grapes.
Either Lance was very good at beating the testing, the testing is/was seriously flawed, or he is/was clean as he claims.
Personnally, how could anyone fool all of the tests he had to take?
He is still the winner in my book.