How about the validity of the testing?
Even more pointless as the current anti-doping tests and how they are administered can't seem to catch people out either.
One thing I am sick and tired of reading is how every Tour has been "the cleanest Tour in years" and now we have additional tests for CERA that have to be conducted.
The reason Armstrong is being allowed to come back is that he simply has not been found to have broken the rules.
I know it's not what some people want, and some folks have reasonable arguements.
on the other hand,
it's sure fun to watch ignorant, nationalistic bigots cry about the fact that the world has developed enough that it's no longer easy to unfairly descriminate against people.
I don't think this is a french conspiracy, if this is who you are referring to. I think the cycling governing bodies hate the fact that one man is able to garner so much attention, as if he were bigger than the sport. I believe they resent this.
They also can't bully him or mess with him as he, unlike the average cyclist, can defend himself in court without going into bankruptcy.
The UCI like their cyclists meek and powerless against their system, and Lance is above that.
Don't get me wrong, this doesn't make me a fan of his-just stating a differing viewpoint.
J, I basically agree with you. (we actually think quite a bit alike on the treatment of the athletes and doping if you look at posts)
I'm not questioning the Validity of the testing process. Neither was the court that heard this arguement the first time. The samples were not deemed viable... I don't think I know more than the court does.
And I wasn't refering to the French as crybaby, ignorant nationalistic and bigoted. I do think that offering to retest samples deemed non viable is simply beating a dead and burried horse. I would think the same if they wanted to retest Ulrich's or Basso's blood versus the Puerto samples too. It's simply already been done and ruled on.
If Schleck has his day in court and they find nothing wrong, let him ride. Simple as that.
I've also said that while I don't believe Basso didn't dope, that there was no other thing for him to say except "I intended to..." and to take his suspension... To do anything more would have been foolish on his part.
I've also spoken in favor of Pettachi for the asthma meds thing etc...
I don't care what country people are from...
I'm not some narrow minded troll that has a hard on for specific people or places...