My yellow jersey is in a box at home, you can come and collect it.
That's a pretty bold statement. It's one thing to admit to using EPO, it's quite another to say "... and I won the Tour using it..." The latter takes more courage.
Riis could have said, "yes I took EPO, but not for the Tour." Of course, no one would have believed him, but they wouldn't have been able to take the win away from him. Now they can as an admission is just as damaging as a failed test.
Maybe this is a first step towards as Smithers calls it "the revolution?" Let's hope all of this ends up with a cleaner more fair sport.