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2 responses to “Giro d’Italia 2010: The Beginning of the End?”

  1. Gary

    The next big thing in bicycle cheating and sports in general will be things like the use of Human Growth Hormone, and gene therapy, where by in the off season athletes just make their bodies grow in the way that best suits their sport. It won’t be chemically detectable because it will use the athlete’s own body cells to change.

    after 40 years of doping, one round of “clean” riding will not change this sport. As long as there is big money to be made by wining, Athletes with encouragement from coaches and sponsors will do what it takes to win.

    Go watch “Bigger Faster Stronger” it’s a good documentary on the whole business.

  2. JonM

    This Giro has been a delight to watch and provided scenes that we haven’t seen for years, maybe even decades; the top riders crossing the line on time trials and mountain top finishes in a state of near physical and emotional shutdown. These heroic sporting grimaces give me hope for cycling, clean riders riding at the edge of their physiological capacity. Basso won it, but there were moments where he exuded great discomfort, which the Basso of old never seemed to experience. I applaud Ivan for coming back and riding clean, teaming with an integrous coach, being transparent about his physiological levels and being willing to lose as a team leader or subject himself to the duties of a domestique. The only thing I wish is that Basso would have been the Landis and have been the one that came clean and divulge the actors and methods behind his doping antics.

    What next… well, I can do without the drama of the Tdf, especially in light of Landis’ accusations and the soon-to-be Armstrong v. Contador TdF build up. The only thing that might fuel my interest in the TdF is if I catch some news that Basso or Evans are in yellow… then I’m tuning in, otherwise interest will return with the Vuelta and culminate with Evans fighting to repeat as the Rainbow Jersey holder.

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