Originally Posted by DirtyWorks
Not in the same way, only because it would be comical. But, it doesn't mean they would not defend doping more artfully.
The idea that the UCI is under any pressure to change is a joke. What body has the authority or interest in cleaning up cycling for cycling's own good? None.
Again, the problem is not at the athlete's level. What incentive is there to run a relatively honest sport when the IOC, RCS, and ASO have zero interest in human-scale performance.
The UCI is under pressure, just not from any authoritative body. The pressure is coming from the likes of Kimmage, Walsh, LeMond, Cedric Aguet, and the Manifesto for Change published by five major European newspapers. And a cri de coeur from an impoverished WADA.
Absolving the riders from any responsibility to effect change is crazy. They have a voice, they have the ability to organise themselves. They could voice their support (presuming it actually exists) for the disparate voices fighting the good fight. They could have voiced their disgust at Bugno's pathetic statements and transparent polticking. What are they scared of? Is there something really obvious I'm missing?