It’s a pity Wiggia is not with us just now, being tied up in an issue which is driving him spare because his take on the cycling thing would be instructive.
It gives me no pleasure in reading this as my old sport has been through the mill regards doping ever since almost its conception, and whether it can ever fully rid itself of the problem is to be seen.
I also have said enough of where I stand on the matter in the first post, but what this book states is what anybody who knows anything about cycling would believe, even if they did not want to. I’m not even going through the blindingly obvious again as those Armstrong supporters are just that supporters as in football club with a blind loyalty regardless of what is happening in front of them.
The one thing that I stated in that first post was no one could win clean if everyone else was doping – that is a fact of life. The one rider who is the oustanding example of that position was the great Raymond Poulidor whom everybody thought doped as everyone else did.
It is well documented he didn’t and the result was that, despite being the most outstanding athlete of his time on a bike, he became known as “the eternal second”.
Therein lies the dilemma. Wiggia had no illusions about Armstrong and I must admit, I’d hoped he was mistaken but …
Where then does that leave Wiggins who has an anti0drugs stance? Did he win clean? Has anyone stuck his neck out and said? And what of Chris Hoy and those two girls – the Brit and Australian? Or are drugs only in the endurance events?
What will now happen to cycling as a sport? Will it just fall away for some time, then come back again with a new generation who know nothing of doping and there they go again?