There have been some threads here moved aside because of recent legal and press developments.
This might easily go the same way, but I trust it will not be viewed as topical or relating only to late 2012 events.
Anyhow. It has been observed by many that the majority of eminent cyclists had unstable childhoods. Absent fathers typify.
In these circumstances, a 'loner' drive to achieve frequently occurs. Millar and Wiggins typify, as well as a very successful winner in the news now.
My old professor talked of 'Achievement' motive, the wish to set and exceed self-set targets. (David McClelland)
He admitted that whilst this motive is shown most strongly in the most successful,
'Some high achievers are so fixated on finding a shortcut to the goal that they might not be too particular about the means they use to achieve it'