Separate from the specific topic of Lance Armstrong here is the USDAs position on doping in general in professional cycling and specifically the Tour de France.
The USADA has said the Tour titles should not be given to other riders who finished on the podium. The agency said 20 of the 21 riders on the podium in the Tour from 1999 through 2005 have been ''directly tied to likely doping through admissions, sanctions, public investigations'' or other means. It added that of the 45 riders on the podium between 1996 and 2010, 36 were by cyclists ''similarly tainted by doping.''
Love them or hate them, support or oppose them, whether they are accurate or not in their claims, it is difficult not to attribute something other than a noble cause or crusade to the USDA or to attribute pristine credibility to them.