I received an email this morning from a biochemist who wrote,
"Biochemistry is what I do for a living and I'd have absolutely no
faith in samples stored for that long unless I'd done extensive studies
to prove that they didn't degrade under those conditions." Yet others
argue that, degradation or not, EPO would not appear in a urine sample
that never contained EPO to begin with.
So many questions, so few answers. Still, one thing is certain. As I wrote
to a colleague, no one is going to take Armstrong's 1999 Tour victory
away. He can't be sanctioned, he's retired, and while some may insist
on attaching a mental asterisk to his legacy, in the end it's going to
I agree. The French resent his "Americanness" and domination of "their event." I believe it is a witch hunt. We'll see what, if anything, comes of it. I'm still a Lance fan until I see a legitimate reason to be otherwise.