Even if you follow cycling, you may have never heard of Fernando Escartin. But with the disqualification of Lance Armstrong’s 7 Tour de France titles, perhaps you should know him. During Lance’s 1999-2005 run of victories, Fernando Escartin remains the only rider to achieve the podium at the Tour de France who has not been implicated in a doping scandal.
Even when he didn’t reach the podium, finishing 7th in 2000 for example, he is the highest placed rider not to have been implicated in a doping scandal.
Fernando Escartin may be the best Tour de France rider of the last decade. Or he may be the only one that hasn’t been caught cheating yet.