LA claims in that interview that he has been using 'performance enhancing drugs' since "the mid-90's"
So what came first - the cancer (diagnosed '96), or the drug taking? Remember - he was winning World Championships in the early 90's when he was still in his very early 20's. Testicular cancer at 25? Some of the drugs he's mentioned can cause some pretty serious side-effects.....
As for the 'tall-poppy-syndrome' and common people being interested in seeing the successful and wealthy fall from grace - is this a human flaw? In my eyes - to become grossly successful and wealthy (even the most generous of philanthropists), you have to lie and cheat and rip some-one off (consciously or sub-consciously), somewhere along the line to get there. I despise greed, liars, cheats and rip-off merchants. I don't care 'how hard you work' or how you invest your money - gross wealth making to me says, someone, somewhere, is getting shafted
You fly too high, you gonna fall hard. I still remember the entertainment I got from the downfall of Alan Bond and Christopher Skase, and I had a good chuckle yesterday when reading that Paris Hilton has been taken out of her grandpa's will!
I must be flawed.....
I do feel some sympathy for LA though. No-one can deny he worked effin' hard to get what he wanted, and he didn't start the EPO/performance enhancing drug culture in cycling - it was already there. He just learnt to do it better, and just got too effin' greedy
. Seven TDF wins?
Come on..... really. I am sure he deserved some if not most of them.... but seven
? Maybe if he came second or third a few times - but no. Seven consecutive wins
..... then retire at 33.... then make a reasonably successful comeback at the age of 37. Who did he think he was? Superman?
The demise of greed will be the penultimate step in human-evolution.....