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"Twenty of the 21 podium
finishers in the Tour de France from 1999 through 2005 have been directly tied to likely doping
through admissions, sanctions, public investigations or exceeding the UCI hematocrit threshold.
Of the 45 podium finishes during the time period between 1996 and 2010, 36 were by riders similarly tainted by doping." —USADA Reasoned Decision Against Lance Armstrong
When news outlets, including Outside, published articles on the recent United States Anti-Doping Agency's report on Lance Armstrong, one of the most referenced lines was a stat: 20 out of the 21 podium finishers had been directly tied to "likely doping." The obvious question was, Who was the one person not tied to "likely doping"?
I emailed and called the USADA to get an answer, but haven't heard back. They are understandably busy. So, I did the next most obvious and slightly more time-consuming thing. I went back through news reports and the Tour de France standings to see who the 21st man might be.
UPDATE 2:30 EST: According to unofficial numbers from Red Bull Stratos, Felix Baumgartner broke the record for the highest manned balloon flight and the highest freefall on Sunday when he jumped from roughly 28,000 feet above the earth and fell for four minutes and 20 seconds before landing safely on the ground. Speeds shown during the live video feed of the jump showed Baumgartner traveling at more than 700mph, which would mean he also broke the record for the fastest speed achieved during a freefall. Red Bull Stratos said they will provide official updates at a news conference within an hour.
Red Bull Stratos athlete Felix Baumgartner is rising close to 120,000 feet above the earth in a 55-story balloon. Once he reaches this height, a distance of roughly 23 miles above the ground, he plans to jump. His goal is to break the world record speed and height for freefall. If everything goes according to plan, he will eclipse the speed of sound and rocket toward the earth at roughly 700mph. You can watch his jump live in the video above.