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Old 05-25-09, 13:46
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At only twenty-seven years old, is he really retiring because he is tired of living a lie? Or is it a legal tactic to lessen criminal justice problems? Or does he not think he will be able to return to a top level team after his ban is completed?
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He's spilling the beans, breaking the omerta. He saw what happened with JJ.
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At only twenty-seven years old, is he really retiring because he is tired of living a lie? Or is it a legal tactic to lessen criminal justice problems? Or does he not think he will be able to return to a top level team after his ban is completed?
As far as I am concerned he said that performing well without doping in cycling was impossible. That was his version. That does not leave a lot of hope for me as a fan.
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It's been a bad run for the Germans and Austrians. Good riddance to them.
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As far as I am concerned he said that performing well without doping in cycling was impossible. That was his version. That does not leave a lot of hope for me as a fan.
Of course that's what he thinks. His thinking was already flawed to begin with. Since he himself was cheating he was probably justifying that to himself with the belief that everyone is cheating. And if he thought that then he probably thinks that now...
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At only twenty-seven years old, is he really retiring because he is tired of living a lie? Or is it a legal tactic to lessen criminal justice problems? Or does he not think he will be able to return to a top level team after his ban is completed?
The two reasons he named in the press conference were:

1. If you break the omerta, you're not getting offers from any teams. Which says quite a lot about how the people in charge see doping;

2. As much as fans would love to think otherwise, It's currently impossible to win a major race without doping;
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Of course that's what he thinks. His thinking was already flawed to begin with. Since he himself was cheating he was probably justifying that to himself with the belief that everyone is cheating. And if he thought that then he probably thinks that now...
Martial Saugy from the Lausanne lab has said time and time again that every time they test riders' samples it's very clear that not many people are playing fair.
He also constantly laments that even though they can clearly prove that fact with their tests, they can't sanction the riders due to the criteria for a test to be declared positive being insanely high.
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Of course that's what he thinks. His thinking was already flawed to begin with. Since he himself was cheating he was probably justifying that to himself with the belief that everyone is cheating. And if he thought that then he probably thinks that now...
he is in the pro peloton I think he has more knowledge on the subject than you do.
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His comments are interesting.
"I have voluntarily doped in a system in which you can't win without doping. Talent, training and iron discipline just aren't enough at some point. Doping becomes the rule. A clean sport is unfortunately an exception."

Either his comments are just that or is he setting up all the other riders or even the Labs? He sounds very disgusted that he was the one that was caught. Well, you play with fire and you get burned.

I don't believe him, saying he retires. He is just disgusted with the penalty. He will be back.
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He said too that he took EPO the first time when he was 19. He was tested around 200 times, 100 of them should have tested positive, he said too. Don't know if he is referring to positive tests cleaned by UCI or false negative tests.

Actually he is collaborating with Austrian police
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