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Published: Thursday, Sept. 20 2012 11:13 p.m. MDT

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Esquire
Springville, UT

So if they were all doing it, wasn't it then a level playing field? That's why I still consider Armstrong to be the true winner of those seven Tours.

So, when will we enforce rules in football and other sports as well as cycling does it? Let's not be naive.

Brave Sir Robin
San Diego, CA

@Esquire

When you see what the doping crackdown has done to cycling in the financial sense, you'll see why the "big 3" won't do it. The finances of cycling have been absolutely gutted. Nobody wants to sponsor a team because they don't want their corporate brand dragged through the mud when the team gets implicated in a doping scandal. Riders and coaches are getting paid less than they were 10 years ago. Viewership is down.

Do you think the commissioners of MLB, NFL, and NBA want to go through that? Those leagues have made the choice to continue forward with their heads firmly planted in the sand.

And don't give me that nonsense about how baseball has cleaned up - it hasn't. Does anyone really believe that every baseball player stopped taking drugs when Mark McGwire retired? The league has just decided to stop hurting themselves by exposing it.

Esquire
Springville, UT

@ Brave Sir Robin, while I agree with your view that the big sports have no incentive to vigorously drug test, I do somewhat disagree on the sponsorship of cycling. Any drop in the U.S. is more due to the fact that there is no American superstar, not because of sponsorships or doping. And there are lots of signs of cycling seeing an upward trend in the U.S. with increasing ridership among the general population and the rise of some exciting young talent who are already having an impact on the international scene. On a related note, riders need a union, just like in pro sports in the U.S.

GUSTAVE
LONDON, 00

Having read Tyler Hamilton's book, The Secret Race, which I found to be broad,
comprehensive, honest and very detailed, there are three clear issues that the book
raises very clearly. The First, is the totally disgraceful and scandalous behaviour of
the team Doctor's. Their abuse of power and manipulation of eager and ambitious
cyclist's for profitable gain tantamounted to the behaviour of drug dealers.

The entire generation of Grade A Elite Cyclist's, the World's best who chose voluntarily
to lie, cheat, and use Testerone and EPO. Again for presumably Greed, Glory, and Fame.
According to Hamilton, Team's from France, Italy, Germany, Spain, Britain, as well as
the US Postal service all abused the system.

And the disgraceful example set to the many hundreds of cycling clubs and Juniors who
admired and respected the World's Best who admitted lying and cheating. What a disgraceful
example for big brother to set.

Jonathan Vaughter's, who confessed to doping himself has called for the WADA and a Truth
and reconciliation commission. A very sensible suggestion indeed.

perhaps the return of the 'BREAD and WATER Cyclist will occurr. Tyler Hamilton's
PANIAGUA Cyclist(The Secret Race).

mamiejane
Salt Lake City, UT

Good article; although I think it's unfair to blame cycling's doping culture on Lance Armstrong. The evidence is that it's been a problem for a very long time and that before the days of EPO; speed and other common forbidden enhancements were equally central to the culture of the peleton.

terra nova
Park City, UT

As the article says, the issue isn't really Lance. Never was. It is a cautionary tale about how easy it is to take the first step... and then the second... and how swiftly the lines blur.

GUSTAVE
LONDON, 00

Having posted a previous comment about 'corruption' within professional cycling, I am still
most concerned about the behaviour of Team Manager's and Doctor's. Who gave the orders
for the doctors and managers to promote the use of banned substances in the first place.

I order to secure lucrative sponsorship deals and make the podium, a blind eye was turned
by the powers that be for gross professional mis-conduct to occur. This now appears to
have been a dangerous and experimental period in cycling history with a 'Jekyll and Hyde'
attitude to medicine and health.

And the pitfalls may well be felt later with athletes paying the price of EPO use with
heart attacks and strokes caused by the use of EPO. (thickening of the blood).

Regarding Lance Armstrong, now that the UCI has ratified the USADA'S evidence, why on earth
being the fittest and strongest, did he feel it necessary to cheat in the first place?

Perhaps he doubted his own professional ability?

The Doctor's, Manager's, and their bosses from ALL Cycling teams must be held accountable
for gross mis-conduct, and NOT just the pro cyclists.

GUSTAVE FERRIER.LONDON.

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