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Monday, July 16, 2007

Doping and Cycling II

I'm reading David Walsh's new book From Lance to Landis, and it's pretty damning. It turns out the professional cycling has been a no-holds-barred game since its inception. I'm going to have to let all of this sit for a while before I figure out what I think about it, and how I feel. I certainly recommend the book to anyone interested in cycling, and to cyclists in general. One thing I know is that Armstrong's doping doesn't invalidate his wins, or his drive and intelligence as a cyclist. It's also clear to me that lots of people have attached all sorts of symbolic, iconic, or heroic ideals to Armstrong and his story. Cyclists, cancer patients and survivors, several corporations, the governing bodies of international cycling (UCI) and the Tour de France all have a tremendous stake in Armstrong's denial of doping and drug use. More to come. The truth requires radical acceptance. Oh, I found this interesting site: http://www.cheatingculture.com.

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