How are we to believe? How do we celebrate the next great clean rider if drug tests mean little or nothing? How does the honest cyclist certify his innocence?
If you're the patron of the peloton, as Armstrong was, it's easy. You test clean not just in the lab but also in symbolic, nonanalytic ways: By supporting the Simeonis of the sport in public and in private. By encouraging and cheering the repentant riders, support staff, antidoping officials and journalists who work to expose fraud, rather than ostracizing and intimidating and suing them. And by meeting with the Ferraris as often as necessary, but for one purpose only: to tell them to keep their hands off your sport.
In sport you're always on record for what you've done, for what you've said, the way you've acted.
—Every Second Counts