I’d contest the notion that people are not paying attention to the minute volume of substance found. Were that true, there would no case for Contador to try and answer and no discussion of the possibility of the UCI clearing him.
Additionally there are claims that traces of chemicals synonymous with blood-doping were also found in his Tour samples.
This is a little unwieldy but I’m posting it for the informative content (and because I like your blog). If anyone wants to respond to this, we - and I may have mentioned this before - have disqus comments at your disposal! :)
Co-mod Sarah again. A lot of soccer players will train at altitude before matches played at altitude, which is also a form of doping. I don’t know why some are allowed and others not. Maybe my dad’s right when he said they should just allow everything and the cyclists must just suffer the consequences.
Co-mod Sarah here. And yes, it does turn arbitrary and the UCI have made it that way. It no longer matters who tests positive and who doesn’t. I like it because I like drama and when people get upset about doping, because I’m someone who enjoys schadenfreude, especially when it comes to cycling. As for Armstrong, he’ll get what’s coming to him. I’m a certified Armstrong hater and if they can prove he broke the law, he definitely should be punished. As should they all. But I don’t have faith that he will be punished, nor Contador, etc. Remember, the rules only apply to certain people.
That said, I wish there was a solution to make the peloton doping free, but until the cyclists themselves want to stop (which it’s clear they don’t), nothing will change. And it obviously hasn’t yet.
This is co-mod Sarah here and I am absolutely not disheartened about Contador. In fact, I’m surprised that he hadn’t tested positive earlier. Co-mod Natalie may feel differently, but I subscribe to the belief that all cyclists dope. That belief allows me to enjoy the sport, because if they all dope, it’s back to being a level playing field. I know that most people don’t feel this way, but I decided I just can’t let it bother me anymore. And, besides, I like drama in my sports.
Co-mod Sarah here. I was going to post some Giro Donne photos here, but it somehow got lost in the shuffle. I’ll do my best to get some women’s cycling pictures posted!
I’m sure we’ll be posting stuff from the mens/womens/U23 races. That’s a shame about there being little coverage in Melbourne though :-/
You’ll definitely get a good amount of tv coverage I’d have thought even if you can’t make it in person.
Judging by twitter, there have been a lot of them out and about on training rides already. It’d be pretty exciting to be there to get a feel of the atmosphere as well as see the top men and women in action.
If anyone is going feel free to take pictures and share them with us all here :D
Frank is coming to Australia for the World Championships!
Right now there are rather a lot of the World’s top cyclists in your country. If you are anywhere near Geelong, you should definitely head along to see everyone and whole cycling circus in general :)