"When he last won the Tour I was 12," says Boswell. "It was a long time ago. Obviously I didn't know then what I know now. I was oblivious to it in cycling. Purely watching him ride in the Tour de France was inspiring, and then on Livestrong for the last two years he was definitely part of our team, as far as coming to team camps. I had my birthday at his house. I got to know him on a personal level.
"What had happened with the investigation rarely came up in our team camps. It is an interesting aspect — you meet him as a person and a training partner and then this investigation comes out and you see Oprah. Is this the same guy?
"It's like a double-faced figure. You see this guy on the media and it's terrible. How can you lie to all these people when you had this foundation and this and that? But then you meet him and…"
Boswell pauses and shrugs. "He's just a guy I'm riding for, so he's like a friend regardless of whether it's Lance or Levi [Leipheimer, another American rider found to have doped] — I've ridden with him quite a bit. It is our relationship. It is unfortunate that now it is a tarnished name. You see him on TV — it's two different characters really but they are the same person and you can't get deceived."