Doping Fever - Is it terminal?
Michael Rasmussen's book hits the shelves and the effects are felt by the peloton.
Cookson keeps using the phrase “Truth and Reconciliation” like that’s the magic password to flush away the dirty past. Let’s say there is a truth and reconciliation, and riders like Lance Armstrong, are invited to bare their soul. Or current riders are allowed to show up to confess to doping without consequence. The public blowback on them will be ugly. Just look at Vaughters’ Twitter timeline if you don’t believe me. Regardless of what the UCI promises, the rider’s team could still fire him for the offenses because of the negative PR. In short - it’s a disaster.
Is the only way to move forward to realize that huge mistakes were made by the UCI to cover up doping? Do we just slam the door on the past and say, “No more doping from here on out or so help you, you’ll be in so much trouble.”?
To be honest I don’t claim to have a fair answer that will make everyone happy. That’s the lesson in all of this - life isn’t fair. At some point in your life you will be screwed over and there won’t be a darn thing you can do about it. No one will be happy, but we just need to accept that some of our sporting heroes cheated and lied in order to: beat the competition, stay even with the competition, or to keep their job. It’s a dirty past and one with no clear answer.