Originally Posted by raiden031
In 2005, Armstrong's sample from '99 tested positive. Maybe it was mishandled, maybe it was irrelevant, but I'd say it most likely was a legitimate test that just happened to be thrown out. That coupled with all the witness accounts, and the nature of the sport, I'd say its pretty likely he was just as dirty as the rest.
It was not a legitimate test - which is why there was no additional action. A little more detail about "testing positive" .....
In '05, 12 samples from the 1999 race(120 + racers) were deemed to be positive. Of those, six were attributed to Armstrong. Interestingly, the other six samples(riders) were never identified.
The reason for the test, in the first place, was to perform additonal testing/dvelopment to prevent false positive reports. Because there was no secondary sample available - it can't be considered "positive".
L'Equipe's editor in chief Michel Dalloni has been out for Armstrong for years. He even wrote a novel - The Last Tour that completely parallels Armtrong and his team/support/ownership.