That was what I thought.
Do you have any sources Echoes?
In 1999/2000 the Gazzetta said Escartin was mentioned on a list of Ferrari clients (Ferrari's diary) whose hematocrit was superior to 50%, along with Jalabert, Tonkov, Gotti and Olano (nothing but that!)
The Prosecutor of the Bologna court gave the list to the CONI. I honestly don't know how it ended but his name is definitely on the list.
Lemond was probably the last clean rider and he described very well the turn in the early 90s when from one year to the next, he couldn't follow anymore some riders (and not one, more like 20) in the mountain despite showing no real decline in his performances (in training, etc...).
The last clean? Along with Edwig Van Hooydonck, Gilles Delion, Frans Maassen, Charly Mottet, Christophe Bassons. And many riders are most certainly still racing clean today, even if it's impossible to name them. They might finish dead last at any race, they still are cycling riders, right?
Many people described the turn in question before LeMond. Delion and Van Hooydonck already did when active and nobody wished to listen to them. LeMond came very late in the antidoping matter. Of course, I agree that EPO changed everything (along with testosteron, HGH and blood doping).
Also LeMond was ill in his last years as a pro. Consequences of the shooting accident.
But no it's quite sure that cyclists were not "equal in their doping", Armstrong taught a lot to his teammates which means that they didn't know about it as well
. No equality is possible in that field : there will always be some who are more advanced than others, like in mechanic competitions.
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