it won't be Armstong that killed the sport, it will be the cynics
You think? Did you read the reasoned decision, secret race, the rasmussen debacle, etc? You know all these ex-riders who have had limited admissions of guilt recently (inc one of my own hero's Ulrich)? I remember La Plagne in 97, Mig powering past Armstrong et al in tiome trials, Hautacam in 96, Sestriere in 99, Jeux Plane in 07 and the rest yet somehow its now all my fault?
There is no 'hard' evidence, correct. There are indicators when you add them all up (you know, a bit like marginal gains... ) that makes some of us think that we are smelling smoke. You guys, because you can't see flames licking up around them, are denying anything is amiss.
20 years ago I would be in the same boat. After all I've read in the last year, I need convincing proof to the negative. I mean it's not like there are no dopers in the pro peleton, at leaset 4 have been popped this year alone. Plus there were a bunch of neo-pros (Dutch or Italian I think) who were comlpaining about the lack of OOC testing, one hadn't been tested in 6 months!).
While there isn't a creditable body over seeing the sport I personally will not be convinced (you guys actually think Armstrong came back clean? Why do you think USADA opened the case in the first place, read about it). Lets not forgot about Verbruggen stating that there was no way Armstrong doped, ever! Doesn't really fill me with much hope...