OK, there are a gazillion things you can say about the latest Lance doping story, the repitition of moves between both sides is getting a bit stale, but I can’t help to call bullshit on Horner. In an interview with cyclingnews.com he says two things:
“I don’t believe Armstrong has cheated in any way to win those victories and he’s gone through an insane amount of testing.”
“There’s so much more that the drug agencies can be doing with the tax payers’ money on cleaning the sport up from this point on,”
So which is it, do riders go through an insane amount of testing making cheating impossible, or should the agencies be doing much more than they are? You can’t have it both ways, using the agencies’ testing to demonstrate Lance is clean but then say their testing sucks. None of this proves innocence or guilt, it’s just another example of the silly arguments flying around, on both sides.
Horner further questions the reliability of those making the statements against Lance. That’s fair enough, although I am not aware of anybody in history making false doping allegations against a teammate under oath. It just doesn’t seem worth it to lie under oath about what somebody else has done, especially for those who are already retired and have nothing to gain from immunity. But, Horner may be right and of course his reaction is to be expected. I mean, what would really have been shocking is if he would have come out and said “Yes, I think my buddy conspired with my current boss to cheat”. That probably wouldn’t help his chances of being picked for the Tour.
Speaking of which, some speculated Horner wasn’t on the Radioshack longlist because the team knows it can’t win and so they don’t need his support rider strengths. But Horner is not just a support rider, he’s won more races than many others on that longlist (including probably the since-injured Andy Schleck). So if you want stage wins, I think Horner is a good guy to have jumping into break-aways in the moutains and staying clear.
I guess I can’t avoid saying something about the Lance thing, so I’ll do that next week. Subscribe at the top left of this page if you want to receive that one automatically.