Since Usher and Aloges are incapable of reading the 2 other threads that have already been posted on Armstrong and doping (LA Chronicles and Tour De France Decided) and discussed to death I guess again we have to go over the 1999 UCI decision...
While traces of the corticosteroid triamcinolone, a banned substance found in some medicines and creams, were found in his urine during the 1999 Tour, the UCI did not sanction Armstrong in the matter, saying that he had used the cream Cemalyt to treat a skin allergy, and that it had been given a copy of the prescription for the cream. "The UCI declares with the utmost firmness that this was an authorized usage, and does not constitute a case of doping,"
The traces that were found were on his crotch because of seat burn. I haven't heard of any cream that is considered a doping agent (by the way most bikers still use tramcinolone to treat seat rash)! I guess that would be an advantage as he wouldn't feel as uncomfortable, but an organization that bans inhalers for asthmatics isn't going to be lenient on a publicly known case of supposed drug use.
To this date Lance has never been convicted of using any doping drugs (inside or outside of his body) and he has been the most frequently tested athlete in all of sports.
...and if you don't believe me try the following
My roommate in college was a dual physical therapy/pharmacy major and I asked him the question about how corticosteroid triamcinolone used in a cream could help performance.
This is what the med books say about it:
Strong corticosteroids (Active ingredients: alcolometasone, betamethasone, fluorometholone, methylprednisolone, mometasone, prednisolone, triamcinolone) are used topically to treat severe skin rashes, such as atopic dermatitis, contact dermatitis and psoriasis, and for some cases of swollen mucous membranes, such as with severe hayfever (see rhinitis). Corticosteroids may also be supplied in combinations with an antibacterial or antifungal agent to treat both the infection and inflammation associated with the infection.
Avoid the use of topical immunosuppressant corticosteroids (Active ingredients: betamethasone, methylprednisolone, prednisolone, triamcinolone) on the face. Use under medical supervision for application over joints, under arms and in groin region.
Use topical strong corticosteroids (Active ingredients: alcolometasone, betamethasone, fluorometholone, methylprednisolone, mometasone, prednisolone, triamcinolone) under medical supervision for application to the face, underarms or in groin regions.
So what my friend advises you to do is to go out to a doctor or even a pharmacist (as you can buy many products containing this over the counter) and cover your body with the cream and then see how it improves your athletic performance. Keep in mind that if you don't remove the cream before putting on your work out clothes (not even mentioning tight bike shorts and shirts) it burns and can make your skin super irritated, causing bleeding.
Now I guess what Zak and other opponents of Armstrong are saying is that he put the cream on before one stage of the 1999 tour (keep in mind this was after a rainy stage in which most of the riders were experiencing severe skin rashes)...and I'm not really sure of this but I guess it helped to relieve his itch before the stage or did it help him get that burning sensation that caused so much pain that he wanted to finish the race even faster so he could take the cream off? According to the rule book causing an intentional burning sensation in your crotch is not considered a performance inhancer.
So the next logical thing for anyone convinced that Armstrong is doping is to take the testimony of his former masseuse who was paid a 5 digit sum and all of the sudden came up with accusations (at the same time this book was published) that she never thought to mention before, that Lance was involved in a weird garbage request in which she was asked to throw a bag containing what she thought were needles (but as this was a couple years ago she cant remember the details).
Lets not even get started on Greg, who himself admits that he was misquoted in the LA
The point is that book is trash and not only is it poorly written but it contains multiple inaccuracies and misquotes. Just because it's written doesn't make it true.
INNOCENT UNTIL PROVEN GUILTY!!