I'm glad you brought that up Joe.
For what it's worth, I've never much cared for Armstrong, as a person.
For as long as I can remember, long before the doping allegations, I've always thought there was something off about him. High and mighty, beyond reproach. Because I live in Austin, I hear his name get thrown around probably more than some others do.
I truly believe that if he was doping (and in my opinion he was), he simply felt he could not be touched.
You, as an athlete said it perfectly Joe, you wouldn't win, but you wouldn't give in until the last dog died. You'd have your day in front of your accusers, and let everyone hear what they had to say. As Armstrong is even more of competitor than you, or anyone else I know, I don't believe he would give up, no matter how tough the going got, if he was totally innocent.
There's a lot of things here the public isn't privy to, and as said before, technology in medicine changes and improves day to day, and what would remain occult at one time, can become evident now.