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Date Posted: 17:58:06 05/23/07 Wed
Author: samb
Subject: Re: Outraged riders
In reply to: ludwig 's message, "Re: Outraged riders" on 16:03:29 05/23/07 Wed

You haven't been paying attention.

First, the younger generation of French riders have been complaining quite loudly the last few years about the 'two speeds of the peloton' in the TdF (which is the only time of the year I get to read what the French riders are saying).

Second, there are a number of fairly successful riders (if not outright megastars) who are on record in English-language press as being as clear about their anti-doping stance as Wiggins and Pinotti. I'm not going to bother listing names, since that only invites the 'he has done to well to be clean'-people to chime in.

Third, as Strategy says, there are a many riders whose opinion you just don't hear about unless you read their national press, like Arvesen and Kaggestad (a rider you probably haven't even heard about) in Norway and Leukemans in Belgium (whose anti-doping stance I wouldn't have heard about unless mentioned in the DP forum).

Fourth, there might be a number of currently non-doping riders who has a checkered past, esp. among those who turned pro pre the Festina scandal. It's not easy to be vocally anti-doping if your past can come back to haunt you. It's much much easier to simply keep quiet.

Hopefully, as the EPO-era riders retires, things will keep improving in this regard.

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