- Jul 22, 2009
I respect Lemond for taking a stand against a sport that is flawed do to doping and for speaking out against issues he knows will be unpopular.Green Hornet said:The thing I’m looking forward to most from LeMond is his funeral.
He really has little to gain except the slight chance that the doping governing bodies will get serious about ridding cycling of doping, and the more he speaks out against the status quo, the more he hurts his reputation in many people's eyes.
Tyler Hamilton said in one of his last interviews that there was a "mafia" in professional cycling.
I expect he is telling the truth.
Everyone is in bed together with the doping controls. From the doctors, to the riders, to the teams, to the race organizers, etc, etc.
From Armstrong donating millions to WADA, WADA not pushing for the Autologous Carbon Monoxide tests or Lemond's idea for VO2 Max/Wattage comparisons, etc.
Change is not something they ones in power seem interested in.
As long as no one rocks the boat, and a few of the dumber cheats get caught, many think the tests are working and everyones happy, and everyone makes their dirty money.
But....most top riders are still pushing superhuman watts and the guys with the money and the connections continue to win all the races, instead of some of the honest guys who play by the rules.
Lemond could easily keep his mouth shut (like most retired pros do), kick back and enjoy his millions he made from cycling.
Obviously, he loves the sport, but wants a level playing field and a clean race.