There are characteristics in race cars that do not translate to the families mini van. Pro football and Baseball players do things that a LL or High School player shouldn't do because it transformers from hobby to job. Race horses are given substances and training regimes that would harm or kill old Bessy. Today's racers at the top end may have 200 race days in their bodies. With air travel, track and cyclocross gaining ground there is almost no off season just a strange sliding scale of when you are going to take time off depending on your skill set. Racing and racers at the pro level are being judged in some fuzzy system where hobbyist rules and views are the overlay on which the pros are judged. The UCI should address the real needs of pro bike racers and the care they need. Watching US sports it would be interesting to see if all elite athletes had short term contracts of 1 year...1 small knee injury would put you in desperation mode in an instant. Cyclists have been in desperation mode for decades. Medicines and techniques that appear crazy to the guy racing a crit on Sunday are everyday practice in pro circles. Just the number of needles used to dispense B12 and other B vitamins for pros it make a heroine den look sterile. Whoever wrote that the race organizers should be yet another level of policing..if the TDF had said that teams A,B are not going to be invited because of questionable practices and riders and 1 or more of the those teams would have included Armstrong there would have been a closed door meeting and the decision would have been changed simply for financial not moral reasons. Even w a big black cloud over him..he is pure media gold. If pro cyclists were judged by a jury of their peers instead of "regular" people this issue would be handled very differently.Not on morality on practicalityyakhillclimb said:IMAO we drive over the speed limit because not only do we think we can get away with it, but also because we don't think we are going to crash and hurt someone. When people dope, they have to inherently know you are screwing those who don't dope.
If Creed does make decisions based on consequences, why should character matter to him - when he says "There are dopers who are good people??"