Samuel Abt of the International Herald Tribune interviews a very candid Bobby Julich on the topic of doping. Bobby reveals how recent events such as Operation Puerto and Floyd Landis’ case affect the psyche of riders who are currently competing. Even stalwart anti-doping crusader Jens Voight expressed anything buy joy after winning the Time Trial in the recent D-Tour.
‘I don’t know if I should have won the time trial because now everyone will assume I’m doped.’
Should that be the first thought that is expressed in the privacy of the team bus with your roommate and good friend? With all that Jens has given to his sport, team and the fans over the years, I would have hoped that he took a minute to enjoy the fruits of a hard won and well deserved victory.
Bobby goes on to give his candid feelings towards Ivan Basso and the whole doping process.
“We lost our reputation as a team, and it gives people the excuse to say, ‘Oh, that’s why Bobby is riding so good the last two years, that’s why Jens Voigt is winning the Tour of Germany, and that’s why Franck Schleck is able to win a classic and the Tour stage into Alpe d’Huez – because they all change their blood. “