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I was surprised to hear about David Millar criticising Rabo for this decision. His argument was the Rabo should continue to support cycling and the new young "clean" cyclists in the team.My positions is that it's their money, they can do whatever they want with it so long as it's legal, and they don't have to justify their actions to anyone.Alan
France has an interesting problem here - they were not happy that Lance Armstrong won 7 times - but in trusting the US report and taking away Lance's wins they seem to be admitting that they were incompetent in running doping/drug/cheating tests so that all the participants felt they could cheat hmm. Of course if everyone was cheating - than the playing field was leveled at a higher level.
Most sports do not take away titles when years later a team or athlete is accused of cheating - or something a team did is now banned because it is determined it is now cheating. US NFL had a running back who wore expensive jerseys that were designed to tear when grabbed by a tackler. After a couple of years they were banned-the player and his team were not penalized & no games were taken away.
This was always on the cards the day Rabo announced their sponsorship of the Celtic / Italian rugby competition. It was obvious the money was being diverted.
Hello,Comment was made earlier regarding Tiger Woods and golf, that golf had survived despite Woods behaviour.Woods cheated on his wife not on golf, Armstrong cheated on cycling, there is a difference, his behaviour could very well destroy Pro cycling.I hope he can sleep at night.
Come on: their kit colour is orange so who cares.
Ceasing due to Lance Armstrong, my foot.Convenient scapegoats are somehow never inconvenient.
Rabbobank has supported the drugs cheats and pulls out when the sport goes clean. Weak insipid leadership at the bank has poured millions into what the whole world questioned, and now years later pulls out when the proof is shown. Who would want to bank with such useless people, out of touch with the world. But that is the banking world. Fools making millions. May Dutch people reject Rabobank.
I feel a way forward from this is to dismantle the system, and re brand it. Ban entire teams where members have failed tests and let the clean team members from the banned teams sue the failed members for loss of earnings. Its harsh but is whats needed. Doping has to be made so unattractive option to rid it out. I have stopped watching it as you don't know that the winner is clean or not.
This was the right decision Armstrong is a disgrace to cycling and as a fellow cyclist it appalls me how low people will go to win it shows that they are not good enough to win on their own. Its a shame that the fall out from this will affect the majority of clean and innocent who want a career in cycling. Lance has not just ruined his own career but potentially those coming. I hate him for that.
In addition to chemical doping teats, there should be performance data which should reveal cheats. The evidence of one day events, time trials etc should soon pick out those who make 'exceptionally' large improvements in performance. These people should be subject to more testing just to prove that they are clean. In multistage races, 3 times ahead of the peleton should require daily testing
I am amazed at the naivety shown here. All athletes take part in performance enhancement techniques, its called training and diet, some legal, some illegal and some yet to become illegal. Is a technique not know by the testers acceptable? Blood doping has been going on for years and years and many athletes did it. Now it can be tested but many claimed brilliance by using it when it was untestable.
The professional cycling community have known about this for years, they're just sulking because they've got caught. I'm no great fan of the French but their deep seated mistrust of Armstrong and his team seem pretty well placed to me. How the man and his team kept a straight face I know not, unpleasent people.
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178.Zukn75 - "Actually, this could be a good thing, with sponsors unrelated to the sport dropping out, and severe housecleaning in the UCI, It could lower the threshold for entry to sponsor ship,I could see team Innocent Smoothie or the like, hell even Red Bull."Wouldn't Red Bull be classed as a stimulant...???
Rabobank sadly are the first of many. Who wants to be associated with this ? There are no heroes anymore.
@ Zukn75 (comment 176)If you want to buy a black kettle go to Argos!
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