That Coke issue was Simoni's Throat med (and got tested and verified). There was also the short sprinter who got busted with a small quantity...
Funny, because in the documentary of SAECO Cannondale, "the Quest", Gilberto fully explains the cocaine came from his aunt's candies she purchased in South America, because as we can all believe, everything from South America has cocaine in it. There were at least three different stories form Simoni about how that coke got in him.
No doubt the lab screwed this up.
There were many rumors of doping around SAECO at that time, and frankly, the one thing I've learned about UCI racing rumors is that they are all true.
Anytime a climber comes out of nowhere to beat the world in the toughest climbs, bells go off (Riis, Pantani, Rasmussen, Contadoper, etc.etc.). And after SAECO, Cunego, no go.
Connect the lines from US Postal/Discovery/Astana to the majority of riders caught doping in the last decade and you see a nice wheel design with Johan Bruyneel as the 'Chris King' hub. That's the rear hub, the front hub is Riis.
But what is most amazing, is the fantastic stories the fanboys accept outright, and the "innocent until proven guilty" lines, unless proven guilty, in which case, they are still innocent. Last I heard, Pantani was killed and all that dope and years of buying records were forged.
Sure, I'll watch a few stages of the Giro near parts of Italy my family is from, but I won't admit to friends I still watch pro cycling, I'll tell them it was topless female wrestling instead.