That is most probably right but uninteresting in my opinion. If the opponents were less doped than the winner, it still remains that they were doped. So no mercy for them either. They've committed the essential crime that contains all the others in itself (if I may paraphrase a famous author
I didn't mean that the ones behind him who were dopers should be considered as more "rewarding" (I'm still convinced that nobody will be given the titles which should be taken off from Armstrong),
but I said that to counter the argument that "if everyone dopes, everyone's equal : let's legalize doping !" : this argument, which looks very powerful, is nonsense as nobody would ever be equal in their doping procedures, and races would be competitions between doctors and pharmacies like in mechanical competitions.
To understand the power of doping, look here Christophe Bassons, former French cyclist who voiced against doping (and had to retire because of the other cyclists not being happy about him), and now says that he, who was in the lower ranks of the Tour de France, was better in slopes in winter than Richard Virenque, another French cyclist who was in the same team as him, had several times the award for the best cyclist in slopes, and was convicted as a doper (even though he also denied for long of course
But I've not read any more effective argument against the legalization of doping than this one :
Originally Posted by If Doping was legalized
Little Kid: "I want to be a pro athlete someday when I grow up!"
Parent: "Good for you! But since they started allowing PEDs in sports that means you'll have to take them if you want your dreams to come true."
Little Kid: "Umm, what does that mean?"
Parent: "It means you'll have to take a variety of things, from steroids to hormones and many others. These will have side effects ranging from mood swings to impotence (I'll explain what that means when you're old enough) to devastating health problems after you retire. Your health will likely be in shambles later in life as a result of all this."
Little Kid: "That doesn't sound very good. I don't want to take PEDs."
Parent: "Then you have no hope of every being the best or winning anything significant."
Little Kid: "..."