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Date Posted: 11:16:35 05/23/07 Wed
Author: jr.
Subject: Re: Telekom hauntings
In reply to: strategy 's message, "Telekom hauntings" on 00:42:07 05/23/07 Wed

there's a difference in my mind between nihilism and reform. Do we want to destroy cycling as a sport or do we want to remake it as a cleaner sport? I don't see forcing out every rider who ever used PEDs as the only path to reform, because then there would apparently not be anyone left. If the current mindset of fans and sponsors is that any PED use past or present justifies a lifetime ban, disqualification from team management, etc., then there will be no professional racing as it is recognized toady. If the sponsors dump teams making efforts to clean up, then they will be dumping all teams. If the UCI and the teams council don't start coming up with some plans for reforms, for damage control, for a path forward to redemption even if a person has a speckled path, there will be no cycling. There won't be enough money for anything but some local teams doing crits pretty much funded out of their own pockets. Maybe as a "sporting" event that is the best future. But how many of us truly want cycling events such as the gran tours to virtually disappear from the mass media market where we have access to them (even as limited as it is).

The confessions are starting, the omerta is breaking, now who has the plan to keep the ship from sinking with the rats?

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