Rudy Pévenage demeure critique envers Lance Armstrong, le concurrent de l'époque. «Cette rivalité nous a poussés à faire le maximum pour le battre. On n'était pas des idiots non plus, on connaissait Armstrong avant son cancer. La métamorphose après son retour fut tellement extraordinaire. Je suis toujours convaincu que Jan était nettement plus fort physiquement.»
hrotha wrote:Well what do you know, it looks like things *could* have changed after 1998.
"Chez T-Mobile, on avait tout arrêté après 1998 et je peux affirmer que notre équipe était vraiment clean dans les années qui ont suivi l'affaire Festina. (...)
"Avec tout l'argent qu'il gagnait, Jan ne pouvait pas se permettre d'être battu par des coureurs de seconde classe", explique son ancien mentor. "Jan était stressé et il prenait même du poids à cause de ça. Aujourd'hui qu'il ne court plus du tout, il est plus maigre qu'en plein milieu de la saison. Le stress a empoisonné sa carrière".
Big Doopie wrote:i'm a little surprised by CN's translation of the quote i mentioned above. perhaps they have access to other comments, i don't know. but i am concerned that they do not mention pevenage's clear accusation of armstrong.
Scott SoCal wrote:The hilarious part for me is the declaration of T-Mobile being 'clean' after 1998. If the doping that went on after 1998 was considered 'clean' then how 'dirty' was was their programme before?
palmerq wrote:he might be telling the truth about them being cleaner after 98.. if i remember right jan was not so good this millenium except in 2003 when he was on bianchi/coast.. and a few riders seem to turn bad when they joined telekom/t mobile around that time... botero especially performed really badly(I think) and savolldelli didn't have the same success with t mobile.... maybe they were one of the better teams :S
Big Doopie wrote:i thought this part speaks to the arms race and how armstrong was not only an instigator for doping on his team but -- by his actions -- made it impossible for his rivals to ride clean.
hrotha wrote:I don't think it went that far. Stopping the teamwide doping program is one thing; having everybody ride clean is a quite different one.
I don't see why Pevenage would lie specifically about that, though, but people involved in pro cycling are weird.
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