Sport Illustrated (SI.com) has an interesting little read up about the stain on Spain.
Five years ago, after a picturesque but particularly tough ride in the French Alps, the soon-to-be seven-time winner of the Tour de France declared that Alejandro Valverde had all the makings of cycling’s Next Big Thing.
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In fact, we learned this week, Valverde was none of those things. Instead, as the Court of Arbitration for Sport demonstrated, he was really a relic of the bad and, hopefully, bygone era when riders doped themselves to the gills and largely got away with it.
Read the rest: sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2010/cycling/….
It’s hardly reading between the lines when John Leicester lays out a road map like this:
A look back to the results that day in 2005 when Armstrong’s crystal ball failed him reads like a who’s who of dopers. It shows how bad cheating was in cycling and how much progress has since been made – even if there is still a way to go.
Third over the line in Courchevel was Mickael Rasmussen. Basso was fifth, Eddy Mazzoleni was seventh, Andrei Kashechkin was 10th, Floyd Landis was 11th and Leonardo Piepoli was 12th.
They have all since served or are serving two-year doping bans.
Were we watching the high water mark in blood doping? Or are we still buried in it?by