Whenever Lance's name comes up you get this extremely wide variation in reactions.
He was a doper. Yeah, and so was everyone else. Our dopers beat their dopers = was it fair and square?
I also have a lot of problems with the efficacy of doping. According to the people that use it Testosterone and either EPO or Blood Transfusions increase the strength and endurance of Grand Tour racers.
If that is so why hasn't the average speed of a Grand Tour fallen except for the very short time that the fastest team leaders were disqualified?
As someone that worked on many different medical instruments in my profession I do have the understanding that bicycle racing isn't like any of the other sports. In professional cycling every system in your body is taken to it's ultimate limit. So testosterone couldn't "increase strength" since that would add muscle and hence weight. You have the same problem with transfusions - adding the ability to transport more oxygen to your muscles doesn't make any difference if the transfer of oxygen from your muscles to your blood isn't also enhanced. There is also the requirement to burn calories by moving nourishment in and out of your muscles. This has to do with your digestive system.
These sorts of questions puts us back to asking - if these forms of doping did make a difference why hasn't average speed of Grand Tours gone down?
Could these cheaters have been taking chances and spending money to do nothing?
Speak for yourself, mpre53!
"He may be regarded as one of the biggest drug cheat in the history of sport, but Lance Armstrong still takes up the opportunity to pass on his wisdom – even if it is to a poker thrown a **** star off his roof and tried to blow up tractors with homemade explosives."
Now...who the Hell DON'T like a poker playing guy that's tossed **** stars off a roof AND blows **** up with high explosives?
That's MY kind of man!
...thispoker playing dude needs a little insight on what one is supposed to do with **** stars.
All you need to do is look at both Indurain's and Lance's results pre-EPO and compare it to what they did after. Indurain DNF'd a few and then finished one Tour around 85th place overall, and then almost miraculously jumped to 11th. All of a sudden, a 185 lb. time trial specialist was a world class climber. Lance never finished one. Then, they never lost another one, until Lance decided to make his ill-advised comeback. And even then he finished on the podium..