In terms of the fact that the sport has been talking about the dirty generation of the 1990sand 2000s. It makes you look bad.
But why was [this year’s Tour] perceived as being cleaner? Speeds were just as high. But thathappens – people evolve, training evolves, roads evolve, equipment evolves.
Garmin, Columbia, the French teams have been outspoken in the anti-doping fight…
I don’t think it’s fair to highlight Garmin and Columbia without highlighting CSC and Astana.I won’t buy the argument that those programmes are any cleaner than Riis or Johan. I think Damsgaard is as comprehensive if not more than them.Some of it is PR. The people who work hardest and have the most talent win.Am I trying to rewrite history? No. I don’t have a problem with the history. Were therequestions? Absolutely. Was there criticism, scepticism? Absolutely.But I was around not only for the seven Tours, which wasn’t easy to do if you are cheating. ButI’ve been around longer than that.I put my nose in front of the peloton and stayed at the front from 1992 all the way through. My performance never suffered or diminished. You can see in the latter years I would not haverisked my family’s reputation, my savings, my foundation, all those people who believe in thatcause. I wouldn’t have risked that.I left with a clear conscience. I went to bed in the last three years, totally fine. Did it strike methat I could still do it, wanted to do it, still felt strong? Yeah.If people like yourself or other journalists want to pooh pooh that and say that this is “bullshit”,you might. I feel bad for you, though.
Are you undergoing a mid-life crisis? A lot of men in their late 30s think they can still dowhat they could when they were young.
I don’t know the answer to that. I read that Savoldelli said I’d gone out and done the tests andcould still do it. But I don't know that.