Merkx is considered the Babe Ruth of cyclists, yet he was popped 3x for doping. Yeah he gave the same excuses everyone else does when they get busted, blamed the labs, blamed his doctor for giving it to him, etc. For whatever reason people assume that they were just isolated incidents or they believe his excuses. Fast forward to Armstrong, a lot of people (cycling fans at least) already consider him a cheat and mainly based on what others have alleged. And the second any truly hard evidence comes out linking Armstrong to taking a PED even once his legacy will be completely ruined and assumed that he doped in all 7 TdF wins. How come that is?