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  •  Be Well (18+ / 0-)

    Thank you Regina for the thoughtful comments. I hope you are on the mend and feeling better. Fingers crossed we have some great news to celebrate on Nov. 7th.

    I spent this July in France photographing a group of amateur women who rode the entire Tour de France one day ahead of the men. First time that's been done.

    I agree Dave Zabriskie's story is a particularly poignant one. It's also tough to see riders I've photographed like Levi be part of this mess. I watched the Levi Effect documentary film last night and the recent revelations have certainly changed his life. I expect it will take a year or more for the full impact of this to ripple through the cycling world.

    Greg Lemond actually released an open letter tonight calling for the UCI president Pat McQuaid to step down. A lot of cyclists owe him a tremendous debt for speaking out when it wasn't popular. He's now the only legitimae US Tour de France winner.

    •  Dave Zabriskie (9+ / 0-)

      Has long been a favorite of mine too.  I cried when I read that he had doped (albeit for a very short period), because I was somewhat familiar with his back story.  

      I have been following cycling and particularly the Tour de France since prior to Lemond.  I remember reading Lemond's challenging criticism of Lance long ago and chalked it up to Greg having sour grapes, as he was known to do at times.  We all owe Greg an apology. It was Betsy Andreu's charges that got me to thinking that Lance probably was cheating and had found a way around the testing system.  Her story is inspiring in that this one person stuck by her principles despite the pressures and most likely that it led to Frankie's release from the team. Despite all the evidence, I did not want to believe it.  I should have known better.  It was all too good to be true.

      One thing I noticed this year at the Tour was that most riders were actually getting tired and many looked very worn near the end of the Tour. While doping does not make up for lack of talent, but it does give an edge when abilities are equal. Does that mean that doping is totally gone?  Probably not.  Afterall, Frank Schleck got caught this year and honestly, doping was not going to help him.  But what it may mean is that the majority of riders now are probably clean.  I do believe that most riders would prefer to ride clean as long as they know that the playing field stays level.

      "Growing up is for those who don't have the guts not to. Grow wise, grow loving, grow compassionate, but why grow up?" - Fiddlegirl

      by gulfgal98 on Thu Oct 25, 2012 at 03:21:26 AM PDT

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