Like lots of people, I’ve always been fairly sure he was doing something he shouldn’t, but certainly wasn’t the only one in that era (it’s a VERY long list). Regardless of who was on what, he was always exciting to watch, and to support.
I’ve worn a LiveStrong wristband for something like 10 years. I’ve just taken it off, cut it up and chucked it in the bin. I don’t mind being a fan of someone that might be a drug cheat (we’re all innocent until proven guilty), but I’m no fan of someone who is a cheat.
The podiums – and most of the top 10 places – of all 7 TdFs he won are littered with drug cheats, names like Ullrich, Pantani, Zulle and Basso .. The list goes on & on.
They should just put an asterix next to his name in the record books and be done with it. I doubt the guys that came second wanted to win that way (I doubt Schleck is all that proud of the 2nd place that turned into a first thanks to Wee Bert & his steak sandwich), and finding someone 110% clean isn’t going to be easy.