[BVC-CHAT] Ricco positive
cmenzel at tamu.edu
Thu Jul 17 12:23:30 CDT 2008
On Jul 17, 2008, at 7:59 AM, Frank Irwin wrote:
> On Thu, Jul 17, 2008 at 7:51 AM, Christopher Menzel
> <cmenzel at tamu.edu> wrote:
>> Well, at least they're catching the cheats:
> Some of them. They've been catching the cheats for years, and
> things don't seem to change.
I don't think it is true that things aren't changing. For one thing,
there is a strong, outspoken anti-doping culture growing among a lot
of younger riders (Cunego, e.g., is sporting an "I'm doping free"
tatoo), and teams like Columbia and Garmin/Chipotle are taking a
strong lead in instituting very stringent anti-doping measures.
Though admittedly fragile, I still think there are reasons to be
optimistic about the long term prospects of pro cycling.
> The funny thing is that after Duenas was busted, someone posted on
> txbra about riders with earrings being dopers. I asked if Ricco
> would be the next one caught...
I had strong suspicions after that blistering attack on Col d'Aspin
followed by an individual time trial over the last 25k, where a fairly
large group of chasers couldn't even begin to close a 1'20" gap; that
just doesn't happen. Ricco wasn't anywhere near that good last year,
and it is very unlikely that you can improve that much as a climber
and time trialist in a year's time without help. Word is there were a
lot of rumors about Ricco floating around in the peloton (where he was
unpopular, to say the least) and that he was under particular scrutiny
by the anti-doping folks.
>> So now we know how he was able to ride away from everyone a la
>> Pantani on Col d'Aspin in Stage 9.
> "a la Pantani" being the key words here...
The comparison was not accidental!
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