mtb101 wrote:have watched both parts of interview on the web and as someone who as inspired by Lance, have to say it was riveting to watch him come clean ..... so to speak. I'd give him 9 out of 10 for honesty and coming clean on a very complex history of drug taking and cheating.
As I was watching I was continually going through the range of responses ; the 'it was part of the culture argument/excuse' (there's something in that isn't there?), the 'I was a bully and win at all costs excuse', what hasn't really been discussed is the role that bigger interests 'must' have played in this sporting crime. All the money, doctors, cycling staff and the institutionalized program that Lance was part of (can't believe it was just all him!!!). So is he a victim as well? No, come on don't be naive I say to myself. However he seems to be carrying the blame for the many others that must have had knowledge and have been part of the program. I think we have to assume that everyone that was part of his teams had knowledge and was somehow part of the system of drug taking and cheating, cover ups etc. This story could get bigger.
Have you read Tyler Hamiltons book? Doesn't sound like it. I always suspected it was the case that Lance created the instittutionalized drug taking program and the book basically confirms that. The doctors etc didn't come to Lance, he sort out the best in the world of doping and did a better job of implimenting it through out key members of the team than other pro teams did. The USADA case names names, there was no need for Lance to publically out people and he was probably told not to by legal advisors.