Anyone else thinks this whole thing stinks. Freeman thrown under the team bus to protect the brand? No wonder Sky cut loose. You had to be blind to not think boundaries were being pushed but yet again it seems the boundaries were not only pushed but smashed down with a sledgehammer.
Yes, have done for a while. There’s a fair bit that doesn’t add up to clean sport from Leinders and Freeman to Froome’s transformation. The blatant lies told about the package sent to Wiggins. You can’t be both the team that turns over every stone, takes advantage of every 1% gain and then not have a clue what anyone is doing.
Sorry, yes I know it was Andy that won it but I doubt one brother would work with Fuentes and the other one, actually vying for GC at grand tours is clean. Mind you Frank wouldn’t have changed gear whole trying to accelerate hard.
Lemond acts like he’s whiter than the contents of Daniella Westbrook’s nose; but I have a hard time believing he could beat all those dopers that were likely around in that time twice on the trot (89/90). I know he says things changed after his 1990 win and he felt outgunned…but it’s so hard to see the very top TdF riders being clean in those times
The 86-90 era was a little unusual, transfusions had just been banned, and EPO hadn’t arrived, but without any testing for transfusions I can’t see why people wouldn’t’ve been using them, they all knew how to do it as it had been legal just before.
Maybe transfusions of your own blood just wasn’t seen as doping by anyone, that’s the problem if everyone is doing it, you don’t think anything is wrong with doing it.
The question is more whether it will ever come out?
I am still on the fence about how far beyond the grey area they actually went, you can do a hell of a lot bending the rules.
Unfortunately I won’t listen to Ross Tucker, he may wrap his ideas under the banner of science, but he has a large chip on his shoulder for some reason and a bias that sporting performances must be doping fuelled and he uses science to support that, rather than the other way round
Although I’m not sure I’d welcome Government intervention as they need to concentrate on more important issues.
Elite Sport in general is screwed. Drugs, bullying, young girls in the main with eating disorders, favouritism, not only athletes, but coaching and support staff. Kids being forced into academies at a young age or early specialisation (not unusual for swimming clubs to stop 14year olds from doing another sport) in many cases having too high expectations and not being given the tools to handle the inevitable rejection that comes for most. I actually thought a modern sport like tri may be better but it suffers the same problems as all tge others.
Armstrong fans used to say the same thing. I like Ross, he’s a nice bloke, so I am probably biased. I have read his blog since when it was him an Jonathan writing about running and fatigue. I have seen him change position based on new evidence.
ETA: I don’t think it will ever come out unless there is a whistle blower.