So if they were all doing it, wasn't it then a level playing field?
That's why I still consider Armstrong to be the true winner of those seven
Tours. So, when will we enforce rules in football and other sports
as well as cycling does it? Let's not be naive.
@EsquireWhen you see what the doping crackdown has done to cycling
in the financial sense, you'll see why the "big 3" won't do
it. The finances of cycling have been absolutely gutted. Nobody wants to
sponsor a team because they don't want their corporate brand dragged
through the mud when the team gets implicated in a doping scandal. Riders and
coaches are getting paid less than they were 10 years ago. Viewership is
down.Do you think the commissioners of MLB, NFL, and NBA want to go
through that? Those leagues have made the choice to continue forward with their
heads firmly planted in the sand.And don't give me that
nonsense about how baseball has cleaned up - it hasn't. Does anyone really
believe that every baseball player stopped taking drugs when Mark McGwire
retired? The league has just decided to stop hurting themselves by exposing it.
@ Brave Sir Robin, while I agree with your view that the big sports have no
incentive to vigorously drug test, I do somewhat disagree on the sponsorship of
cycling. Any drop in the U.S. is more due to the fact that there is no American
superstar, not because of sponsorships or doping. And there are lots of signs
of cycling seeing an upward trend in the U.S. with increasing ridership among
the general population and the rise of some exciting young talent who are
already having an impact on the international scene. On a related note, riders
need a union, just like in pro sports in the U.S.
Having read Tyler Hamilton's book, The Secret Race, which I found to be
broad, comprehensive, honest and very detailed, there are three clear
issues that the book raises very clearly. The First, is the totally
disgraceful and scandalous behaviour of the team Doctor's. Their
abuse of power and manipulation of eager and ambitious cyclist's for
profitable gain tantamounted to the behaviour of drug dealers. The
entire generation of Grade A Elite Cyclist's, the World's best who
chose voluntarily to lie, cheat, and use Testerone and EPO. Again for
presumably Greed, Glory, and Fame. According to Hamilton, Team's
from France, Italy, Germany, Spain, Britain, as well as the US Postal
service all abused the system. And the disgraceful example set to
the many hundreds of cycling clubs and Juniors who admired and respected
the World's Best who admitted lying and cheating. What a disgraceful
example for big brother to set. Jonathan Vaughter's, who
confessed to doping himself has called for the WADA and a Truth and
reconciliation commission. A very sensible suggestion indeed.
perhaps the return of the 'BREAD and WATER Cyclist will occurr. Tyler
Hamilton's PANIAGUA Cyclist(The Secret Race).
Good article; although I think it's unfair to blame cycling's doping
culture on Lance Armstrong. The evidence is that it's been a problem for a
very long time and that before the days of EPO; speed and other common forbidden
enhancements were equally central to the culture of the peleton.
As the article says, the issue isn't really Lance. Never was. It is a
cautionary tale about how easy it is to take the first step... and then the
second... and how swiftly the lines blur.
Having posted a previous comment about 'corruption' within
professional cycling, I am still most concerned about the behaviour of
Team Manager's and Doctor's. Who gave the orders for the
doctors and managers to promote the use of banned substances in the first
place. I order to secure lucrative sponsorship deals and make the
podium, a blind eye was turned by the powers that be for gross
professional mis-conduct to occur. This now appears to have been a
dangerous and experimental period in cycling history with a 'Jekyll and
Hyde' attitude to medicine and health. And the pitfalls
may well be felt later with athletes paying the price of EPO use with
heart attacks and strokes caused by the use of EPO. (thickening of the
blood). Regarding Lance Armstrong, now that the UCI has ratified
the USADA'S evidence, why on earth being the fittest and strongest,
did he feel it necessary to cheat in the first place? Perhaps he
doubted his own professional ability? The Doctor's,
Manager's, and their bosses from ALL Cycling teams must be held
accountable for gross mis-conduct, and NOT just the pro cyclists. GUSTAVE FERRIER.LONDON.