I’ve been focused on protocols and built in bias as significant issues in the LNDD testing of rider samples most notably Floyd Landis. I stopped short of implying incompetence even though there is a fair amount of evidence to that effect. I also stayed away from thinking of a conspiracy theory as well. It takes me a while before I go Oliver Stone on something.
One thing I neglected to think about. In Rant Your Head Off, he adds the element of rushing. I completely forgot about the ticking of the lab shutdown over these technicians head. On a good day, lab work for one of the biggest sporting events in the world must be tough. Add that the degree of difficulty of a “get it done yesterday” mandate.
So if you are a lab tech. Vacation is in front of you and you already know the guy did it. All you need to do is confirm it with the “B” sample and you have a recipie for disaster. Rushing is like putting a bad lab on steroids. (Sorry). Speed up sloppy work and you get, well the LNDD.