I was also waiting for this

July 27, 2007

“Better to remain silent and thought a fool than open your mouth and remove all doubt.”

It seems that Greg LeMond is always looking for a chance to pile on. It is actually becoming a trademark. Today, he did a drive-by, spraying the sport with indiscriminate shots. Quoted in cyclingnews:

On Contador: “That’s sufficient for the red flag to come up.”

The only piece of evidence Greg uses for this accusation is that Contador and Rasmussen weigh the same.

On Landis: “If I think about Floyd Landis, who defended himself by saying that the samples were manipulated, that the French were against him and that there is no culture of doping in cycling… Maybe he is just naive, or maybe he is malicious.”

On the sport: “It’s obvious there are still dopers in the peloton.” also noting that “Very few riders get caught.” The obvious insinuation is that many riders are dopers.

Greg took one more shot at Contador when he said that Contador was involved in Operation Puerto. If Greg was not blinded by jealousy that the Tour de France didn’t shut down when he was done riding, he would have checked the facts as it relates to Contador’s involvement in Operation Puerto. In his possession, Alberto Contador has a legal document signed by Manuel Sánchez Martín, secretary for the Spanish court heading up the “Operación Puerto” investigation, stating, “there are not any type of charges against him nor have there been adopted any type of legal action against him.”


I was waiting for this

July 27, 2007

I wish Dick Pound could just keep his mouth shut. In his quest for power over the UCI, he is willing to destroy cycling. Instead of congratulating Rabobank for making what must be an extremely tough decision to forgo a Tour de France victory and fire Michael Rasmussen without a positive test, Dick takes another shot at cycling.

Pound wants a “cycling summit” because obviously cycling can’t stop doping. I’d like to see a *ADA summit because they need to get their act together more than any one sport. What Dick should know is that fighting a problem like doping comes in phases.

  1. Problem is found and critical mass is reached
  2. New measures are put in place
  3. Cheats doubt measures and a few test the system
  4. Those who test the system are caught
  5. Remaining athletes say “darn, they’re serious!” Behavior changed.

I know the sixth step is someone goes back to the lab to devise a better system to evade detection. The fact that we have teams and fellow riders involved at an unprecedented level is encouraging. Maybe that’s what is bothering Pound. He is not the big dog in the fight against doping. If teams and riders can nip the problem and keep it under control, then Pound will not have anyone who wants to put him on TV. Funny thing he seems to be addicted to the camera. Is there a test for excessive levels of press conferencing?

A new attitude?

July 27, 2007

All the young dudes (Hey dudes)
Carry the news – David Bowie

I continue to be encouraged by the next generation of cyclists. I think the attitude towards doping is clearly different. Scanning the blogsphere I see many young riders speaking out against fellow riders who try to cheat.

You would expect Bradley Wiggins to step forward as he has long been outspoken against doping. Other riders like T-Mobile’s Linus Gerdmann are stepping forward.

I’m not naive. Cheating in sports probably started about 5 minutes after sports first began. You will always have people who look for the easiest path. I firmly believe that if you want certain behavior, you make unwanted behavior harder than the desired behavior. That way, you can count on human nature to drive behavior to the easiest path. If a cheat can’t count on teammates to keep quiet and teams to turn a blind eye, you should have a much better system than one that just relies on testing as the main enforcement weapon.