Industrialized Cyclist Notepad


Jaksche
February 12, 2013, 11:01
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Jaksche said it was “riders who always end up paying.”

“Cycling is not a mafia, it’s a sport run by unscrupulous people,” he said. “Now the same people who were behind doping would later point their finger at us.”

via VeloNews: Jaksche leaves no doubt in Puerto testimony; Basso says he never transfused blood.



Oh, I forgot about boxing

On Tuesday, Fuentes openly admitted his client list included other sports beyond cycling, naming athletics, tennis, soccer and even boxing.

On Wednesday, Fuentes offered to name all of his clients, saying that he remembered every codename as well as indicating he had a ledger locked away in a safe back on the Canary Islands.

When attorneys representing WADA and CONI both pressed Fuentes for more names, the judge hit the brakes.

There was no anti-doping law on the books during the May 2006 raids and Spanish courts have refused to widen the legal net to anything beyond questions of endangering public health, which could result in minor fines, suspended jail terms and the suspension of medical licenses for Fuentes and his sister.

That interpretation has infuriated many who view the Puerto case as nothing more than a farce.

via VeloNews: Operacion Puerto judge restricting case to health issue.

But at least that cat’s out of the bag, which must make some people extremely uncomfortable: Doping exists in all high-level sports when it provides an advantage. Doping is the hallmark of industrialized sports, where the pursuit of big money and self-preservation of careers by those in the front office is placed far above any sort of integrity, and the health of individual athletes doesn’t even register as anything other than a business concern.

EDIT: Of course I understand that individual athletes choose (more or less) to use these substances for their own selfish reasons. But these athletes are just trying to make childhood dreams come true. And the athletes are the only individuals to suffer consequences from doping. The industry hiding behind them, the UCI officials, team coaches, owners, managers, and sponsors never seem to face any real consequences for the doping that they also profit upon (other than the occasional out of court settlement to a pissed off rider). The worst dopers are wearing suits, not lycra.



Soccer, Skiing, Tennis, Running, Swimming, Triathlon …

In testimony later Tuesday, Fuentes said he had worked [with/on/up] athletes in “all kinds” of sports.

“I worked with individual sportspersons… of all kinds,” he said.

via Velonews: Hamilton official Puerto witness; Fuentes admits working with athletes across sports.

Should we poke that hornets’ nest? There is no culture of lying about doping in pro soccer, because those guys never get asked about it.

I don’t want to hear some wingback swear on the soul of his dead dog that he’s clean.



The Same People

Beware of silver-tongued demonweasels in fashionable eyeglasses.

From an interview with Joerg Jaksche on Aussie ABC:

via http://www.abc.net.au/news/2012-10-15/the-world-according-to-lance-key-players/4313246

Jaksche explains how he was introduced to doping by his team manager, and supplied with EPO by his team doctor (not US Postal). He explains how the drug makes the difference between being “permanently dropped” or being able to race. He explains the easy justification for pro riders — “everybody was doing it.” And then he explains the absurd level of hypocrisy which drove him to finally tell all:

The same people who brought me to Fuentes [notorious blood-doping Spanish doctor] and asked me to do EPO doping or use other performance enhancing drugs, they were the same people who suddenly started a movement for credible cycling — and were pointing the finger at us riders.




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