Industrialized Cyclist Notepad


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.



Lance Armstrong wants to race triathlons, Vaughters reaches seventh level of weaseldom

He’s one of those triathlon guys when it’s all said and done.

…In the end, no matter how much Tygart and Armstrong had fought each other, they still needed each other. Armstrong, 41, would like to resume competing in triathlons and running events that are sanctioned by organizations that follow the World Anti-Doping Code. Tygart wants to know how Armstrong so skillfully eluded testing positive for banned drugs for nearly a decade.

[...]

“I think it’s very valuable to them to know exactly how Lance avoided getting caught and how tests were evaded,” said Jonathan Vaughters, a former Armstrong teammate, a vocal antidoping proponent and a current co-owner of the Garmin-Sharp professional cycling team. “They need someone on the inside to tell them how it was done, and not just anyone on the inside, someone on the inside who was very influential. Someone like Lance.”

via What Would Lance Armstrong and Usada Gain With Confession? – NYTimes.com.

Bunk-owski. Tygart knows exactly how Armstrong dunnit, because the other guys who had also “eluded positive tests for nearly a decade” testified all about it. And those guys are on Vaughters’ team. He reaches the seventh level of weasel in his quote above.

(After 6-month suspensions those fellas will be back racing and cashing in on their doping by next season. But of course, they all decided at exactly the same time not to do it any more, and race totes clean now. ALL CLEAN NOW. Go home.)

When reading or listening to Vaughters it’s important to keep in mind some things: THE SAME PEOPLE



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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