Oldest ever winner of a Grand Tour, amazing!
Absolutely amazing! For those who haven’t heard it yet, it’s well worth downloading the 5live podcast from last October titled “Peddling: Cycling's Dirty Truth”. Here’s a couple of selected quotes:
Dick Pound, head of World Anti-Doping Agency, 1999-2007 wrote:
If it seems too good to be true it is unlikely to be true. To win the Tour once without drugs is remarkable. To win it seven time stretches my credibility. I found it so disillusioning, what I discovered. I don't pay much attention to cycling anymore.
Dr Michael Ashenden, a blood doping in cycling specialist wrote:
Dopers know that we know that they know that we know what they are doing. We know! But our testing has reached its current limits. Unfortunately they know enough to get round us today.
What is amazing is to think that an issue that has been around for over a century has suddenly gone away due to comprehensive testing and riders declaring themselves clean (in fact didn’t Bradley Wiggins describe those who raised the issue as c***s?) – weren’t the same claims made after Festina? And look how that ended up. Pressroom reaction to Froome’s accelerations on Mont Ventoux this year? Gasps of astonishment. But not in a good way.
The problem is not limited to cycling, for example have a look at the “tennishasasteroidsproblem” website and reflect on the recent bans for Marin Cilic and Victor Troiki as well as Djokovic’s transformation into a physical superhuman by going gluten free let alone the other sports reputedly named as part of Operation Puerto.
On the 5live broadcast Michael Ashenden also said
Dr Michael Ashenden wrote:
It's so easy for people to dope, unfortunately, in sport. The products are so available and so affordable. There's a massive incentive and a complicit media who have not done enough to expose it.
By all means enjoy following professional cycling but don’t kid yourself that it is suddenly clean when it has never been before.