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nice one guys. “hope we don’t have to talk about doping much more” – good luck with that… i can say with some confidence we will be. the sport is still run by people who prefer to bury the issue and put in place “moderating” measures – bio passport is just haemocrit limit mk.2 – you can dope a bit, but don’t get too greedy. cycling needs a revolution before doping has any chance of going away.
Scott McGory has very level headed view. We cannot fix cycling a probs by criticising other sports. Agree Scott, that approach is just another form of denial.
Definitely agree David. I should reiterate that I’m talking about the UCI’s PR problem, not that they should bury the doping problem.
Definitely agree David. I should reiterate that I’m speaking about the UCI needing to improve on their PR messaging on top if everything else. I’m not suggesting that they bury the doping problem.
I really enjoy this show. Well done guys.
thanks for the show. I think we’re still going to hear about Lance until he’s found a new source of revenue. But I’m happy that the discussion of his silly confession is out of our way and we can focus on TDU.
Another solid ep. Enjoyed the humor in this one.
Nice one, again. While they are bringing CA into the 21st century perhaps they could introduce a proper grading system….?
Lance is saving the juicy bits for all for a tell all book. He’ll kill it.
“let Dick Pound have no more innocent victims…” Classic!
Armstrong cant hold a light to Warne coming clean.
It was a bit unfair to put Tiger Woods and Bill Clinton in the same category as Marion Jones and LA. The only reason we know of LA and Marion Jones is because of their success in sport which was attained fraudulently. TW and Clinton ‘just’ lied about having sex with women other than their wives.
Nice to see Cavendish using the same tactics that LA used when a reporter asked a question he didn’t want to answer. If part of the reason that cycling is so popular today is due to LA then the pro’s should expect some questions about this AND this is the time to talk about the drug problem. Bullying a reporter and staying silent will not help cycling right now.
Dick Pound has the right idea of forcing the sport of cycling to clean up its act or be out of the Olympics. Would it be unfair to track and women’s cycling? Only if they didn’t break away from the UCI or demand it be cleaned up, which I imagine is his point.
Is it only me or does there seem to be a conflict of interest when Amgen is the major sponsor of the Tour Of California?
From my understanding Cavendihs had already asked not to be asked about the LA interview because he hadnt seen it yet so couldnt comment, i cant find the link right now but after he had seen the interview he actually gave a decent write up on his thaughts about it
A must see episode.
Guys, you nailed this show. The content & analysis is perfect for this medium – congrats
As cliche as it might sound, the confession was a good thing for the Armstrong children at the very least.
Lance has lifted a huge psychological load of his shoulders by confessing. Tyler Hamilton has already written about this. He can certainly be a better Dad now as a result. The next step in Lance’s public redemption is to get a job with WADA on their technical committee.
While I agree with everything that was discussed, we can’t forget there is also the Livestrong side of the saga. Lance used his “story” as an example of what is possible after having battled with cancer. He was an inspiration to all cancer sufferers. He built Livestrong not only into a big brand, but a way of life.
I’m sorry Steven but I’m going to have to take you task on that one… Livestrong is a way of life? I beg to differ. In reality, 55% of all funds ever raised in the history of Livestrong have gone straight into administration costs. Livestrong used to pay Armstrong appearance fees for talking up Livestrong. It hasn’t made one single donation to cancer research since 2005. Contrast that to the Michael J Fox Foundation which donates 92% of all funds per annum to basic research. Livestrong promotes awareness? Seriously, who the hell doesn’t know about cancer? In 2013?
What Armstrong proved, after surviving the single most survivable form of metastazied cancer, is that if you cheat hard enough, and lie hard enough, you can convince a sizeable portion of the world your poop don’t stink one little bit. Steve? I’m sure you’re a totally decent guy but do yourself a favour and do some reading on Livestrong – there are two you know, a .com version and a.org version. The former makes Armstrong a nice little earner.
Ivan, thank you for the clarification. For those of us who chose to live their lives with integrity it’s critical that frauds and cheats are exposed.
As LA states “It was win at all costs”. It wouldn’t be hard to see his ‘philosophy’ in all areas of his life, throughout his life, now included.
And a brief comment on “hope we don’t have to talk about doping much more” comment. This rings alarm bells. Excuse me for saying so, but this is the attitude that, with the exception of a small number of recently vindicated individuals, kept the lie alive. Until drugs in sport is an ongoing and open discourse in the international cycling (all sport) media the problem will, as is the risk now, be swept under the carpet. Much like the recent surprise drug tests at a St Kilda CC event. The results are yet to be made public, but when they do, will Cycling Tips:
a) Take the lead by confronting the issue for the good of all sports and honest participants everywhere
b) Avoid the issue because it’s bad for the cycling industry & fraternity as has been done forever.
c) Brush it off with a “hope we don’t have to talk about doping much more” comment.
d) Openly discuss any personal exposure to PEDs
A final thought; It’s healthy to question anybody making statements like “Things are better now” or “We need to look to the future” or “F*ck off”. We all have choices in life. If we’re not a part of the solution we are a part of the problem. So far I’ve seen little change in the media’s attitude, just a whole lot of choreographed outrage.
Nice furniture – who’s house?
I thought so too: nice table and chair. Rapha office??
Yes, it’s the office I work out of in Balaclava. Awesome space.
But the bike in the background is in the small ring…jeez
I’m curious that everyone seems confident that doping is much less now, then in the past. Isn’t it possible that there are some new techniques in play that the media doesn’t know about? Contador/Schleck are the cases that lead me to this question.
I agree. There’s a fair bit yet to come out with regards to the Michael Rasmussen story in 2007 when he was yanked while in Yellow in the TdF. Reports are still circulating that (within the Rabobank Team) EPO and trsnfusions were still in common use up until that time, which would require a massive cultural shift amongst some of the major protagonists of that period. It’s very unfortunate, and I for one would love to see a totally clean and fair playing field. Certainly, the sponsors seem to be making it known that THAT is what they are wanting too.
I needed a laugh and Warnie blaming his Mum is still one of the funniest sporting excuses, what a complete tosser.
A few similarities with Lance too, the Shane Warne Foundation is a ‘charity’ that doesn’t publish where and how its donations go, plus the ‘charity’ employs his family…
Lance and his followers almost claim he is single handedly curing cancer and if you accuse him of anything you’re somehow trashing cancer patients, the LiveStrong Organisation does not hand over all its donations to cancer cures, rather it is primarily an event organiser…
Lance is an easy target now for the cycling media, but when will someone in the Australian cycling media ask questions about and to the biggest elephant in the room – a current DS of a team who has the dirtiest record and most number of teams guided by him (there is ‘guilt by association’ and then there’s this guy)? The idea that he may be a good bloke, or great DS, is ridiculous when you consider Matt White and Stephen Hodge both quit for less.
Elephant in the room, or Horse…?
Incidentally, Cycling Australia should grow some b@lls and lead the way internationally, especially since they are protecting one of their own (a DS’ with a very dirty racing and managing career, ole). An amnesty for ex dopers and managers who oversaw teams with team-wide doping, a chance for them to become part of the solution. Imagine how young (Aussie) riders respond to a team manager they know chowed down so much HGH his head grew…? Wouldn’t it be better if the DS was able to be honest and a good example instead of keeping his dirty secrets, that everyone knows anyway…? Seems only the English cycling media will talk openly about this Aussie DS with a dirty past, no one here has the guts.
Under the amnesty they would face career-ending sanctions if they allow their riders to undertake team-wide organised doping, but could get it all off their chest now and might even be like the reformed smoker who becomes almost evangelical with their new life.
Jonothan Vaughters never admitted to doping, until years later, and then very quietly while all the heat was on Lance. Nevertheless he has done great things with Garmin in the anti-doping space.
Agree with Scott McGory commenting on parents asking coaches to give their kids more drugs to go faster. Just ask Greg Lane, dad of Pat Lane he openly talked about his son taking HGH at Carnegie crits. To improve his cycling. He has been given more opportunities than clean kids his own age. Get him in for a talk on the couch!