Industrialized Cyclist Notepad


Riccò Caught Buying Doping Products — to get Strava KOMs
April 30, 2014, 07:55
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The guy was already caught twice in competition and kicked out of pro cycling.

Ricco was banned for 12 years in 2011 after being rushed to hospital apparently following a botched blood transfusion. The controversial Italian climber had been planning to attack a series of records on well known cycling climbs such as Mont Ventoux but is now facing charges of receiving banned substances and dealing in banned substances. Doping is a crime in Italy.According to a report on the Il Tirreno website, Ricco was caught with another local professional on Tuesday afternoon after collecting a bag containing 30 doses of drugs in the car park of an out of town McDonalds, north of Livorno. The two dealers are from Livorno, with one working in a local hospital.

via Report: Riccò Caught Buying Doping Products | Cyclingnews.com.

Going after those climbing records high on EPO… kind of the Tom Danielson of Italy.



Tour de France Haiku: Stage 9
July 8, 2013, 09:04
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Two thousand seven
After which nobody doped
Before which all did



Bad book release timing

Great bike racers really do need all sorts of things to accomplish what TD did in that stage into Aspen this year. They need freakish talent, guts, race smarts, incredibly hard training, including core strength training and I’m sure he knows plenty about it, and good luck. They need teammates who have these things and are willing to make themselves barf on their behalf. Also, a really effective doping program is a necessity if you want to compete with the other guys who have all of the aforementioned list in addition to a highly effective doping program. And yet TD can’t come out and say what I just did. Can’t say it. Has to lie like a complete weasel instead. He has been on the right team for that.

According to Tom’s new book, “Core Strength for Cycling’s Winning Edge” tells the story of how Danielson was able to use strength training techniques to be a better racer.

via Tom Danielson's new book – Core Strength for Cycling's Winning Edge | 303Cycling News.



Everybody doped

It really is true.

There is no denying it now. Short of throwing it all away and doing something else, riders at the top of the sport had no real choice but to use powerful drugs which boost the oxygen-carrying capacity of the blood. And no real choice but to lie about it. Caught in a trap. Some were more artful than others.

The demonization of riders is just the next step in the industrialization of the sport. Sure there are some clowns among them — Tyler Hamilton swore on the soul of his dead dog that he was clean, and Floyd de-floyded his loyal fans out of a lot of cash — but the real demon-weasels are higher up. The team directors, sponsors and owners, who depend entirely on doped riders for their livelihoods, all pretend to be pure as the driven snow when the truth sputters out, unceremoniously throwing rider after rider under the team bus (which was just moments ago parked on the side of the road for a blood transfusion session).

They are all doped. So now, the only ones we have to worry about are the ones who are swearing purity, setting up teams that are sworn to be special and clean and ‘turning over a new leaf,’ and other assorted nonsense. Yeah. Jonathon Vaughters. All your riders are doped. Stop talking. Just. Stop. Talking.

I’m sick of hard-working riders being used as human shields by these silver-tongued corporate warthogs in fashionable eyeglasses. Unfortunately, recent highly publicized crackdowns still pretend that the higher-ups are innocent, so they can’t possibly clean up the sport and make it safer for kids with talent. We will just get a new crop of dopers, and a new crop of dope.




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