Lance Armstrong had no advantage over the rest of the cyclers?
No additional red blood cells? No extra stamina due to optimized metabolism? Do you know what EPO does?
You're saying that someone takes PEDs because they are not confident in their skills and that confidence goes hand in hand with victory.
That is not always the case.
Sorry but the fact remains that the PED user will most of the time have an advantage be it in strength or stamina, even skill can not overcome that advantage every time.
Mental strength and fight IQ does not always beat brute strength, nor would it beat chemically-altered strength more than half the time.
UFC's Rousimar Palhares denies using banned substance but accepts suspension
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The point kind of being that at some level steroids/peds are going to give you an advantage or someone that isn't using them. While I don't disagree some may use because they are unsure of themselves. I would however venture to say the vast majority of people willing to step into the cage to fight aren't lacking in confidence and are just looking to exploit whatever advantage they can.
Rousimar Palhares' Team Investigating His Failed Drug Test
Rousimar Palhares' Team Investigating His Failed Drug Test - FightLine.com
"I was very surprised because we knew he would be tested and this was the second most important fight," said Bustamante to TATAME. "He told me he did not take anything. He was taking supplements and we will test all these products to know what happened. "
* Yeah, yeah, how original.