" At question is a 20-minute delay when Armstrong says the tester agreed to
let him shower while the American rider’s assistants checked the tester’s
AFLD said cycling’s governing body has given its permission to open
disciplinary procedures against Armstrong, but did not say what the punishment
AFLD president Pierre Bordry noted that the statement does not say that
Armstrong is guilty of an infraction. AFLD is expected to make a decision on
whether to proceed with sanctions after its nine-member ruling committee has
considered the tester’s report."
The question that we can' t help but ask is where were these same strict drug testing rules over the last dozen years?
It would be hard not to point out that a staggering percentage of professional and highly successful riders of note have been embroiled in some sort of performance enhancing drug controversy including Floyd Landis who won and eventual lost his TDF title.
We can' t help but wonder if the drug testing powers that be are now trying very hard to make up for lost time.
Armstrong has been tested several dozen times for performance enhancing drugs since his return to professional cycling just a few short months ago. While he has never tested positive for any illegal substances the clouds of doubt continue to swirl around him as many suspect that it would have been almost impossible for any rider to win seven Tour de France races during an era when many of the top pro riders proved to be dopers.
But be that as it may, we can' t help but wonder if this latest tempest in a teapot is a classic case of too much too late?