July 17, 2008
Dopers Front Page News
F'ing dopers. That's all I have to say.
Cross-posted from Bike Hugger.
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Get em all out. makes more room for the clean riders.
All this talk about doping is making me hungry. Think I'll crank up my Garmin GPS, locate the nearest Chipotle burrito joint, put on my Columbia jacket, and go get some dinner.
Posted by: Chris Driggers at Jul 17, 2008 3:24:21 PM
Is this the only attention we can get for this sport? I don't see any solution in sight when the newest generation of riders is simply picking up on the newest generation of pharmaceuticals. How is it so easy for riders to get these tools? Forget this 2 year ban, make it lifetime. Obviously the cost to the riders is not great enough. Someone needs to infiltrate into the underground array of doctors that channel this stuff in and cut the supply line. There can't be thousands of sympathetic doctors, there are only a few, take away their credentials or something.
Posted by: Denny Bob at Jul 17, 2008 3:28:08 PM
Heartbreaking. Such a beautiful sport with an amazing history...trashed. I'm almost inclined to let them dope--at least there would be a level playing field. It seems nothing can stop this scourge.
Posted by: Leslie at Jul 17, 2008 4:07:24 PM
I get the impression there's still so much denial, like everyone wished that after the ugliness of last year that every rider would see the light and come clean and now they're shocked it isn't so.
I mean, Phil and Paul and Bob and those guys will come on Vs. and castigate the dopeur du jour. It's easy to vilify these guys, but I see little reason to think their cases are isolated. I mean, I kinda feel sorry for Ricco and the others because they're the ones who have had the bad luck to get caught.
Hopefully the tide really is turning, but like David Millar was quoted saying, 'It makes me pissed off that anyone's surprised we've had a positive test.' Or in this case, three.
Posted by: noelle at Jul 17, 2008 4:33:28 PM
And the report just came out that Versus viewing numbers of this years Tour has been steadily decreasing. I'm sure part is due to the perceived lack 'big name riders' (don't get me wrong, there are many great ones in the race) and that people are sick of the doping.
And here we go, more doping. It's sad. When will they learn?
I will continue to watch just to hear the best announcer ever, Phil Liggett, and to see if one of my favorites will win and show everyone that drugs are not required to win this great race.
Posted by: Anita at Jul 17, 2008 5:35:15 PM
It doesn't so much make more room for clean riders; it simply allows less talented "doped" riders (who don't get caught) to place higher in the general classification.
Posted by: Millard Baker at Jul 18, 2008 2:04:24 AM