- Oct 25, 2010
When I say "team pressure", I don't mean a bunch of young guys in a van calling their teammate a ****er. These riders generally only see each other at races. The pressure is exerted in the form of the contract between the owner and the rider. Perhaps if a rider was offered a contract with a million Euro penalty for any doping violations (due directly to the team owner), they might be willing to think twice.Altitude said:I don't think that this would prevent doping. You think the riders who dope are concerned with how their actions might effect others within the team? They are concerned with one thing-- individual success. The worst thing that can happen in their eyes is possibly getting caught and not being able to race anymore-- that's the only risk. I highly doubt that they consider the teams mechanics when jamming a needle in their a$$.
If I organized a D-1 team, secured a sponsor, offered contracts to riders, had a payroll and had to deal with all the UCI crap... You can be damned sure that any contracts that I offer would come with some very significant consequences for any individual rider who jeopardized my business venture by doping. And I'd secure my business venture by keeping a VERY close eye on my riders outside of competition. Because it's about business.