Le Tour De EPO

Le Tour de France
I’ve been following what has been happening on the 2006 Tour de France. I was in disbelief that the 2 top contenders were barred from participating on this famed race. I seems that doping is rampant in all sports, but cycling is on the news a lot.

Here’s my opinion (and it will not be popular): Let all of them use performance enhancers. This will level the playing field and there will not be any more controversy. As for health issues go, it would be up to the rider to see if the risks outweigh the glory.

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  1. Steve V says:

    Yes, that’s the example we want to send. If you can’t win on you own merit, use alternate health risking options. Why not have everyone actually race without it. Now that’s an even playing field. Fact is either you can or you can’t and if you can’t you just won’t win. BOO HOO!

  2. Nick says:

    I don’t really follow competitive cycling, but my own feeling is that it should be about the triumph of the human body. Doping changes that. I mean, eventually I imagine we’ll have all sorts of scientific advancements, devices that drain lactic acid and supply oxygen directly to the muscles from the air and things like that. I mean, if officials don’t set the line somewhere, what’s the point? If it’s not about what the body can achieve on its own, they might as well be on motorcycles. Besides, if a doper bests a natural, the victory belongs to science, not to the rider.

    I think a real athlete should be able to show up to a race hung over, pedaling a three-speed with cowboy boots, and still win.

  3. Jay says:

    Well said Nick.

  4. Moe says:

    I agree with all of you. What sucks is that we live in a world where it no longer matters to be the best by virtue of hard work and dedication, its more like, let’s see what we can get away with to win. From NASCAR to cycling, it’s a freaking epidemy.

  5. Tuco says:

    SNL had a sketch in the mid-80’s where it was the “All Drug Olympics.”
    Part of it was Phil Hartman as a east european weight lifter who was straining and straining to lift a HUGE set of barbells… and he was so hopped up on drugs that he actually ripped his arms off.

    Uhh…, no, let’s not let everyone take drugs. Increase surprise testing, if all the stars are on drugs that kick them out and start all over with a clean slate and unknown, but clean, riders.

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