MarkvW said:Sorry! I'm not up for duel (neither swords nor pistols). Insult me until it makes you feel better. Nevertheless, Mr. Papp is not on the up and up. His self-promotion is an attempt to profit from dishonorable behavior.
It is EASY to understand the needle. A rider invests his whole body and soul into the sport, only to discover that success demands chemical assistance. The rider then has a choice to make--a choice that will define him for the remainder of his sporting life--Am I a MAN, or am I a WEASEL.
A man without much in his life (Pantani or Vandenbroucke, for example) can be forgiven for staking everything on a corrupt cycling career. Papp, even with a much lamer career, is much harder to forgive because he was a smart boy with potential. He had (and maybe still has) potential for honest accomplishment.
But Papp still projects himself as an accomplished (self-important) cyclist. He should get past that and work toward a future that acknowledges he was a big lying cheat. THEN he can work toward a future that complements his obvious potential.
As for me, Maserati, I'm just a spectator. I wish I could be a fan, but cheaters preclude that.
Firstly - I never insulted you, I just pointed out that in making your arguement you left out a rather big piece.
May I ask what have you bought from Papp? One of his books, t-shirt, the Papp bike, training shoe's....?
Joe acknowledges that he doped - and unlike most does not try and dismiss what he has done.