No one is making the claim that the world is a worse place because he is in it...where are you getting this from? And "their victories would have been just as tarnished"...you know this how? That's right you don't...his cheating is the issue here, not the fact that he won a lot or anyone is trying to make an example of him. Other cyclists were caught doping in between the time Lance started lying his ass off and the time he decided to come clean...while there are impure elements in cycling, I'd bet that they are in the minority.
You're right, I can't know this for sure; However, I'm close to someone who is deep in the athletic community, sports such as Ultramarathon Running, Adventure Racing and Competative Cycling. She know's people that used to and still do compete on a the level of the Tour de France. Seeing as how this person is my Mother, I trust her and respect her cander. I understand if you don't because you don't know either of us.
The information that she has recieved and has passed on to me is that that cycling is, or atleast was, incredibly tainted. If anyone wanted a chance to compete, they had to take steroids of some form. I'm not defending his lying by any means, although I truly believe that anyone in contention at the time was guilty of the same crime, and therefor, their victorieswould have been tarnished, as I said before. They were not investigated futher though, because they didn't win, and nobody cares. The only reason that cycling is cleaning up now, is because this has been so high profile, and that is why I believe he is being made an example of.