Pat Jonker’s an Aussie-Dutch rider who’s recently come out in support of Lance Armstrong, telling FoxSports.com.au about doping at US Postal:
“I didn’t see anything. If I was subpoenaed to go to court and put my hand on the Bible, I’d go.”
Nice. But I’d make two remarks.
First, the image below is a screen grab from CyclingQuotient and it shows Jonker barely raced in 2000. So this is fairly light support, he hardly seemed an integral part of the squad: perhaps he didn’t see everything? Being flippant, he didn’t see Lance Armstrong win the Tour de France in July but that didn’t mean it didn’t happen.
Second, US Postal doesn’t seem to have had a total team-wide doping programme. Believe Landis and it took time for him to get access to the serious “programme”. Landis suggests some riders were brought into a scheme linked to Dr Michele Ferrari. In other words, seeing nothing on the team does not mean riders were not working closely with the likes of Ferrari.
I suppose Armstrong might welcome the support but Jonker stands out as a rather weak voice of support: if this is about the only help you can can on, things aren’t going great. The real testimony right now is the court room action with the Grand Jury in California.