Exactly, I hope Leogrande wins his case for the same reason I wanted Landis to win his. This crusade against dopers and attitude of winning at all costs is the wrong way to go. If WADA/USADA/StolenUnderground is so sure that he doped, get some real evidence through legit channels, build a strong case, and get it over with. This double secret hearsay and bending of rules when convenient does not help the credibility of the doping controllers. WADA needs to learn to play (and win) within the bounds of their own rules, because what's going on now is ridiculous.
So the right way to go is just deny doping happens? Let doping controls be run by chamois-sniffing fanboys?
Sorry, Landis doped, in a court of experts, he lost, not even he can deny his tests came back 11:1 every single time, and mass isotope testing is solid. But like most doping defenders, you should learn more, as WADA had little to do with the Landis affair. While everyone says WADA needs to follow it's own rules, you may find that they do, but the UCI and the Tour don't-these are different institutions, don't confuse them. Landis case is nothing like this. You know who else doesn't follow rules? dopers.
Doping tests can be beat easily, there are many examples of admitted dopers who never tested positive. It's nice that a technicality got ~60 riders off from the OP scandal, but that still doesn't hide the fact that doping is rampant and the tours have been a joke since the late 90s.
and how many times do you guys need to defend these heros only to have them admit they doped down the road? I got tired after Hamilton, Ullrich, Basso, Pantani..
I guarantee that in 2008, Floyd Landis will do a 180 and admit his doping and come out as a crusader for clean racing, it's the only PR option he has.
I still think a clean sweep is the only option, but with Riis and Bruyneel still anywhere near a peloton, there are always going to be questions. 2008 is already a write-off.