No doubt in my mind that LA doped. I just worried that the "burn the house down" approach is going to do much more damage to the sport.
ps Also don't understand that Steve Tilford on his blog suggested Sky and Wiggins are suspect for spending so much training time on the Canarian Islands. Easy to point fingers.
Just finished it. Page-turner for sure.
I feel like you don't have to look hard to find people trying to do more than they can to be a part of something that's unrealistic. Whether it's buying more house or car than they can really afford or running ragged to have your kid in the select/regional sports club that feels needed to get him/her to the next level. The stakes are high and being a part of a club keeps inflating to a point that it becomes insane and unhealthy.
I feel bad for Tyler. Sure, he made a bad decision and had accomplishments and accolades that most of us will never experience. But I agree with those that say that he was a pawn that was chewed up and I wish him the best. .
Before every financial crash there where millions of suckers, I mean investors, convinced they were all going to be millionaires. It's easy to convince someone to engage in an ill advised action and believe in a fantasy if it involves great personal reward.
What did they know? And, When did they know it?
Pearl Harbor, Watergate, Iran-Contra, 9-11, Iraq,...
Cycling as a professional spectator sport will survive with barely a hiccup. Festina sold a few books. L.A. Postal will sell a few. The game goes on and on. Never having been a pro racer, I did read this book, and now see pro cycling like pro anything else. And regarding the young athlete and how they were chewed up or mis-led? There are retired pro ball players limping around, looking forward to a future of pain-killers and surgeries and they want their sons to experience the same thrills. These dads know it is effed up and they pull strings to get make their own kids a part of it. Go figure.
It's funny, if you read Millar's lame book you get the sense that dope gave you a little extra push, whereas Tyler's book makes it clear that doping was the difference between getting dropped and just finishing. I really believe Millar is full of shit and likes to pretend his doping didn't make a big difference in his results. I knew doping was (is) effective, but I admit I was surprised by the 'arms race' between teams and doctors, and the degree to which blood doping was able to make or break careers.
So, here's Tyler Hamilton, he's 23 years old and the cool guys on his team are receiving little white bags. He's been in europe several weeks where they've raced him in a succession of one week stage races. His hematocrit is tumbling, he's physically and mentally broken and everyone around him is getting stronger. A Spanish Dr. with warm eyes comes into his room hands him a little red pill, tells him it's therapy, not doping and will make it all better. He's in no state to make an intelligent decision, but is forced to do so all the same.
Yeah, easy choice to make.
Having read the book I am surprised that what I first thought showed a sign of weakness in an athelete to dope I know feel was in fact the opposite.
Had I been in a foreign country at a young age, turning myself inside out every day and getting nowhere, barely finishing, given the oppurtunity I would probably have chosen the dark side too.
I am not proud of that or even justifying it but I understand why they did it to a degree.
Professional cycle racing is not pretty. It is not a glamourous sport, at least not for 95% of the peleton. The suffering that racers have to endure in both training and racing somehow does not make it seem worth it unless you are aiming for a top spot.
Given the chance to be in the top 5%, to even see what the glamourous side would be like, I have to admit that I would have taken the chance. It is quite clear that not to dope would be deciding that you would no longer fight for a top position because you would not have the same (cheating / unfair) advantage as that of your peers. How could yo possibly progress to the upper echelons unless you chose to dope in that era ?
I'm not saying it is right, just saying that for a mid 20's racer with very little life experience I don't think it would be a tough decision to make.
Props to those that decided not to, but look at how they were treaeted / ostracized.
Er ...Originally Posted by CyclingNews
Mom: He was very sickly until he started riding around on that bicycle.
Dad: Yeah... well... now his body's fine, but his mind is gone.
Good review of the book by RKP:
Tyler Hamilton’s “The Secret Race” : Red Kite Prayer
Slightly off topic (tyler thread and not LA) but doesn't Armstrong and his lawyers comments in the last week smell of paranoia and desperation on the impending USADA report. Some of Hermans comments almost sound childish and LA is delusional.
"Even my farts smell like steel!" -Diel
The jig is up today. News at 11.
Qui plume a, guerre a. Ce monde est un vaste temple dédié à la discorde.
Photo from Betsy Andreu's affidavit - 1999 TdF party
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1999 Tour party – Peter Meinert‐Nelson, Frankie Andreu, Tyler Hamilton, Pasquel Derme (sp?), George Hincapie, Lance Armstrong, Christian Vande Velde