Here we Go Again...
Anybody else ****ed at CN for publishing this crap? This is Velonews-level propagandizing CN.
If anything, stuff like this just makes the anti-doping crowd even more irrational. They become convinced that someone like Cunego is clean and is getting cheated out of wins by his competitors... Nobody knows who is 'dirty' and who is 'clean' so speculation reigns supreme...
This kind of interview is not real people....it's show biz nothing more. Look, if Vino needs dope to finish with the best on the Terminillo then so do Cunego and Basso. There is no difference in the sense that they are all on the program. Yes, all 3 of them dope. Of course they do. There might be some differences in dosage and degree, but ultimately these are all professional riders and all 3 know how to prepare for a Grand Tour.
I can understand people defending Cunego by saying he has to say these things, professionally he has no choice etc. Arguably, a cyclist stating he is clean is no less a part of being a professional cyclist than a boxer trash-talking his opponents.
But to jump on his bandwagon is sheer naivete. Worse, supporting this kind of thing encourages more lies, more deception, more fraud... Is this what you want cycling to be? A circus and a fraud?
I think his fluctuations in performance show he's telling it as it is. I, for one, really do hope he's telling the truth, and I do respect him quite a bit more for this.
Ridiculous. Dude, boxers use EPO for months in preparation for one 30 min bout....why wouldn't Classics riders make use of the same prep? Even though it is repeated here ad nauseum, there remains not a shred of evidence to indicate that Classics riders are any less doped than GT riders. I challenge you to name the Classic that has been won by a clean rider in recent years.