Re: Full list of dope suspects published
Cycling needs to attack this doping with a different approch then it now has. Doping has been part of cycling so long it is part of the sport. The organizations, teams and riders never considered it for anything else. We had several low level riders calling "foul", but to me they knew what they were getting into. And to me , they are the true scum of cycling. These guys who write "tell all books" would have never written the books if they had won a few major races. Or had the feds bust through their doors.
So here we are..... if you a fan of cycling for more then a few years you knew dope was a major part of this. You enjoyed the sport. You are as guilty as any of the riders........ Don't cry "justice " now. Don't call for heads to roll.
If change is wanted, then it must be done within without gutting the sport. Gutting the sport will destroy it.
Doping is taken on a new look in society. It has become "fodder" for the media. The sponsors are crying to clean the sport up. Only for their own public image. So what does cycling do? They sacrifice JU/Basso and others. The very same guys who brought the public to the dance. These are the guys who just followed the rules of cycling...... The sport was improved with LA,JU and Basso types. If the sport wants to eliminate anyone who has been connected with dope, will it have any one to promote?
Wait ....."They cheated", a few people call out......The fact is the "Real Rules " of cycling allow doping. When you take out your pro certificate, you fully understand that in order to suceed in this sport at the upper level , dope is required. At this point you have already decided that is OK by you if winning a major GT is in your list of goals.
It is noble to want dope free cycling...... but unrealistic. If you want to watch dope free cycling go to the "big wheel kidde races" at a alocal festival.
Cycling needs to take this out of the public eye in order to ensure cycling maintains it's ability to attract sponsors. The powers in cycling fully understand that cycling is nothing more then a venue of enertainment. Cycling in itself may be a noble pursuit, but cycling racing is a perversion of that.