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Sep 2, 2009
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Sastre climbs another step on the GC-ladder. Giro 2009 podium of today:

1. Menchov
2. Sastre
3. Basso

This turns me off and it has nothing to do with Sastre, he's a great lad, but I'm disappointed with the state of international cycling. The eternal quest for updated results lists is getting tiresome

Last season two players from CSKA Moskva tested positive for illegal substances, both of which contributed to the subsequent qualification for the round of 16.
I don't know how many positive tests it takes before the governing body in football will review the results, All I know is that drawing parallels to cycling underlines the absurdity.

Nor is it a fair comparison. Football is a teamsport while cycling... well essentially they are both team sports. In football it's the name of the winning club which gets printed onto the trophy, while in cycling it's the individual’s name. That’s the main difference.
If two riders are tested positive and the team wins the team classification, I believe there will be no collective punishment as well.

I think it’s the individual nature of cycling that makes it far more vulnerable. Doping can’t destroy football in the same way.


I’m deeply concerned about cycling and I believe the anti doping work is important, but cycling is a sick patient who refuses to be helped. Sure the young riders would like it, but nobody has the guts to stand up against the established environment in this sport. Understandably so, nobody wants to risk their job. If it was me I would probably do the same.

I’m sure the biological passport will be a very effective tool, and UCI will most certainly try to harvest as much good publicity as possible, but will it change anything? Hardly. Not in the bigger picture any way.
Cycling is as clean as it will ever get in these years, I'm afraid. The doping culture is passed on from generation to generation. It’s part of the heritage of cycling.


Fortunately it’s only a small part of that heritage. The inner beauty of cycling is invaluable. What other sports creates the same kind of drama, unfolding in astonishingly beautiful scenery, with many animating riders? Heroes, villains and foolhardy riders. All in the quest for moments of glory, but along the way, disaster can strike from anywhere, and what about the history of cycling? It’s great reading, that’s for sure. I don’t know what the future holds, but I will never turn my back on cycling. Like many of you, it’s my passion.


I’m very much aware that I’m not proposing any solutions to the problems, but maybe this discussion can make us wiser. Feel free to post about your concerns in this regard.
 
Aug 30, 2010
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Bike Boy said:
Sastre climbs another step on the GC-ladder. Giro 2009 podium of today:

1. Menchov
2. Sastre
3. Basso
If you're going to update results by removing the dopers you might as well stick your name up there.
 

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