"It could be anything. Scrap booking, high-stakes poker, or the Santa Fe lifestyle. Just pick a dead-end and chill out 'till you die."
Using speed during a grand tour, even if we exclude Tom Simpson's death, can be more of a detriment than a help. Sleep and rest are severely impacted, and those are crucial to recovery. Some of the riders resorted to more pharma to counteract the effects, leading to a bit of a vicious cycle.
Who was the last TDF winner who was not doping???? Ask that to lemond
Lemond said the same thing than Andreu and way before than him. And since nobody believed in lemond there is a big chance than the last one was just him.
1) Lemond was riding in the grupetto in the 1989 Giro until he had an "iron" injection. He was then one of the to guys in the ITT and six weeks later he won the Tour.
2) Lemond never talked about doping being why he had such a drop off until Armstrong won the Tour. Before then it was always his disease from the lead in his system that caused it.
3) In 1989 Lemond beat an admitted doper who tested positive during that 1989 season.
4) Talking about how PED's in the 80's weren't as good so it wasn't bad is a bS excuse. Doping is doping.
(side note: Lemond is one of the big reasons I started cycling when I was in junior high in the early-mid 80's)
well, maybe there's some validity to that. but when he dropped out of the '92 tour
andy hampsten was on his way to winning at alpe 'dhiez, and andy is usally considered
a "clean" rider. so, if andy, like lemond, wasn't doping, why is it that andy was able, unlike
lemond, to ride at the front? i'm not saying that epo didn't make the peloton faster, im saying
that it sems higly suspect to me that "passive doping" was the reason lemond ended his career
on such a low-note.
PEDs like EPO are different. EPO actually enhances the body's ability to produce red blood cells, which leads to faster recovery time and better endurance. I don't know much about its health effects with long-term use, however.
Personally, I don't see where the line gets drawn with performance enhancers in cycling, or in other sports for that matter. Have any of you been to a GNC or other vitamin shop? The line between "nutrition" and "performance enhancers" is so blurred it's not even funny. I say let them take what they want. If it's healthy and improves performance WITHOUT HARMING THE BODY I don't see a problem with it, whether it's a food or "drug." If it's unhealthy or dangerous, that burden is placed on the people dumb or desperate enough to use it.
In the end, we are all human. We have physical limitations. I say let cyclists eat, do, inject whatever they want to their own bodies. When it's all said and done it still takes a world-class athlete to do what these guys are doing.
I, for one, don't think I'll ever resort to doping because I have no need to. Cycling isn't how I make a living.
Did Maurice Garin take EPO?
Wilier Izoard XP (Campagnolo Record)
Cinelli Xperience (SRAM Force)
Specialized Allez (SRAM Rival)
Bianchi Via Nirone 7 (Campagnolo Centaur)