December 15, 2006
Why does it have to be a war, anyway? Why do we portray these things as ‘fights’, ‘stoushes’ or ‘wars’? Yes, we need to protect riders from the longer-term effects of various ‘medications’, particularly when they don’t understand what may happen later; and we need to ensure that the competition is fair (if we can define ‘fair’ at all). But is our only option to go to war? In every war there is collateral damage, in this case to the sport itself, the riders and to the crews that staff the support teams.
Good quote from Neil Stephens via Cyclingnews:
“But there are guys involved in all this and all they want to do is keep their kids in school and to be able to feed them. I feel very sorry for them. My situation is different – I am walking away because I want to…but all these other guys just want to put bread and butter on their tables. They should just let them get on with their jobs” – Neil Stephens on the never-ending Operación Puerto