- Dec 7, 2010
Good point.armchairclimber said:I was just struck by the thought that there isn't much for the clean cyclist to say that the dopers haven't already poisoned.
I would add that the landscape was probably most poisoned by Floyd and Tyler. Those two stuck their necks out so far, after being nabbed, and used every excuse imaginable.
I never for one moment thought either of them rode their entire careers clean, but regarding the specifics of their respective cases that proved to be their downfall, I remember thinking on both accounts:
Would Floyd REALLY stage a public ceremony, in his home town, in front of his Mennonite parents, if he was at any time in the future going to change his tune?
Would Tyler REALLY set his own father up to make a fool of himself to a reporter by stating confidently, and defiantly, "Wake up, Christie! Open your brain! Open. Your. Brain" in defense of his son if at any time in the future he was going to change his tune?
And yet they both did exactly that. They changed course 180º after using their own parents to prop up their original defense.
Their own parents!
With that being said, why would anyone believe anything that comes out of the mouth of any pro cyclists regarding their "innocence"?
And this should just as quickly be applied to any athlete, just to be clear.