Brad Wiggins is competing with Lance for the headlines at present ! Fact is the journos are ONLY there , with “ le Tour “ for controversy . So many of the journos could care less about Cycling and those racing their bikes , but are foaming at the mouth , as they lap up the offerings provided by Brad’s outburst and Lance’s current legal efforts . Rest day , yesterday , must have seen more than the usual media circus activity surrounding the Racers at their Hotels .
That 5 TDF Racers were named in relation to the USADA affair in the past week , has no doubt had an effect on their performance and their teams . For the principal teams contending for the Podium in Paris this must be an unwelcome distraction and it is no surprise then that Brad aired his views and these remarks were echoed by others on twitter .
Reading the “ Clinic “ in the Cyclingnews Forum for several years , I have seen far too much vilification of ALL Racers when they display above average performance . That there are “ gutless wonders “ hiding behind fictitious IP addresses is a certainty . Call on them to voice support for a cleanup of the sport and they will go into hiding ! Fact is it would spoil their continual amusement if ALL Suspicion of Sporting Fraud was removed from the Peloton .
Cycle Racers are Professional Sports People and are required by their Teams and Sponsors to put on a Public Face regardless of their personal views . Di Gregario being sent home has added fuel to the raging controversy that is Sporting Fraud ! He says that he acted alone yet he shared a room and was supervised by Team Medical Staff , so WHO believes him ?
Professionalism requires that the Racers in a Team act in the best interests of their Principals NOT Principles ! Many Racers are disgusted with what they have seen over the years . So many would like to break ranks and tell the TRUTH about what they know for fact !
Only by the Racers canvassing the IOC and WADA either individually or collectively will there be a way out of this Morass !
Drug Companies are working on the next wave of chemical interference in an Athletes Abilities . Do you want to be the guinea pigs for the Chemical Olympic Games ? Stick around in the current circumstances , and you will !
Courage comes in many forms and some have it and others are looking for the opportunity .
NOT FOR ME TO TELL ATHLETES HOW TO RUN THEIR LIVES but the following items will give some perspective of the populaces point of view !
Open Letter to the Peloton : a thread on the “ Clinic “ published in CNF !
“ Gutsy move by Adrian to publicize his feelings about the current state of the Road Racing scene !
Found this thread in the “ Clinic “ last night and this was the opening comment ! “
“ Originally Posted by Cavalier
Because it's become abundantly clear that the pro-peloton are aware of us;
More accurately, dear people applauding Bradley Wiggins for his foul-mouthed tirade today:
I'd like to outline why I think you're all massive hypocrites, and why you get the reaction from people that you do.
We've sat by for years - for some of you, your entire professional careers - and watched the sport.
We've sat through almost 30 years of doped riders, of positive tests, of confiscated victories weeks, months and sometimes years after they were awarded.
But most importantly, we sat by whilst all of this was going on, and you did nothing.
You didn't speak out then.
You didn't speak up against people you knew were doping.
You didn't speak up against your teammates when you knew they were doping.
All you ex-T-mobile riders didn't say anything about the visits to Freiberg.
You didn't say anything when riders gave evidence about what they'd seen, and were harassed because of it.
Some of you, through your inaction, did nothing about that harassment. Those of you who raced with Lance Armstrong said nothing back then.
Those of you who raced in 1998 complained about your rights and your dignity.
You didn't complain about those people who stripped them from you by cheating.
You didn't applaud those people who tried to out the real cheats within the ranks.
You didn't chastise those people taking trips to Spain and Italy to see doctors. In fact, some of you did it yourself.
You complained about early morning drug tests.
You complained about out of competition drug tests, and you complained about whereabouts forms and not having a private life, and media intrusion.
And some of you still ride today, still having said nothing about doping.
I'll say this: I've sat up until 3 in the morning every July for countless years now. I've watched, I've supported, even some of you who turned out to be cheats. I've dreamed of being in the position you're in, of having a tenth of the talent you're blessed enough to have, because no amount of hard work will make up for the gap. So when I'm at work at 7am, busting my rear end to make ends meet for the next ten hours for a tiny bit of what you get, remember this, every one of you who applaud Wiggins abusing those of us who ask questions:
We ask the questions because you refused to.
We get suspicious because we're tired of seeing more than half of the last 13 TdF titles get stripped and re-awarded.
We're tired of you guys continually saying "We're clean" and then seeing someone test positive.
We're tired of seeing you complain about us, because we got tired of seeing you cheat us as fans, by not taking matters into your own hands, getting rid of - and speaking out against - those who are doping, and have doped.
You give your blood values and power numbers happily to the ASO, and treat us with contempt, like we're just supposed to watch, buy your sponsor's products, and cheer on demand.
You do nothing to dispel doping suspicions, to out cheats, and to clean up the sport. You are the blight on the sport, not us.
Footnote: I'd include a list of riders DS's and who have publicly announced their support for Wiggins and his remarks, but I find them abhorrent now.
e: I realise the irony of me posting this under a pseudonym. To all those cyclists and staff members on twitter who echo his thought, my personal details are available to you on request. All you have to do is ask.
Further edit: Now you no longer need to ask. http://twitter.com/cavalierfc
Of course you can visit and read the thread , for yourselves from this link :
My comment was #141 and came after quite a few others who had identified themselves :
On 8th July 2012 i addressed a letter to Jacque Rogge of the IOC on my blog skippyblogging.blogspot wherein i called upon him to institute a " Sporting Moratorium " !
Not finding the " Contact point " on the IOC Website , i posted the blog link on the IOC Twitter account . No doubt , some minion has decided not to read or pass on the info relayed !
Olympic Games are big business , good for the IOC Profits , but bad for the residents pockets of the Host Cities and Countries ! Athens will never recover from the fun and enjoyment , we the visitors , enjoyed in 2004 ! Part of the Euro Bailout funds are needed to rectify the financial hole created by that extravagance . Athens of course is not the only Host that struggled after their Olympic Experience , Sydney did not do as well as was anticipated .
ONLY WHEN the past is dragged screaming and shouting into the LIMELIGHT OF PUBLIC SCRUTINY , will it be possible to START on the road to solving the SPORTING FRAUDS that currently exist ! When i proposed this " sports Moratorium " in another thread , it was met with derision , several of the comments were deleted by " Mods" .
When you consider my efforts for Physically Challenged sport has brought me into contact with the Principal Cycle Racers as well as VIPs and celebrities at World Tour Events as well as Olympic and Paralympic , Summer and Winter Games Events you will understand my belief that a line will have to be drawn by IOC and WADA !
When Jacques Rogge sees what the " clinic " says about some of his associates at the IOC , he must shudder ! Will he ask himself if the assertions made , are true ? Fact is the IOC is an exclusive club of those with vested interests and rocking the boat will cause ALL to be put in danger !
The OP , Adrian , http://twitter.com/sportnstuff has opened this thread and heavyweights such as Texpat have revealed themselves BUT the likes of C VDV and Mick Rogers are naive if they think that BRAD W. can continue in the manner he adopted on Monday ! SKY Corp will not allow this behaviour !
Do the Current crop of Cycle Racers at this edition of the " Le Tour " dope ? WHO GIVES A FLYing Whatever ! ASO don't care ! If they did those named in the media last week would already be on their way home ! Which day did C VDV lose 10 mins ? Was it due to being distressed by the impending breaking news ? Where was Big George when Cadel needed him on Saturday & Sunday , was he distracted ?
Back on my Soapbox , ONLY A " NO CONSEQUENCES SOLUTION " WILL ALLOW THE OUTING OF THE " DIRTY SECRETS "!
Only the IOC and WADA are capable of handling this undertaking which is long overdue ! Since before the Iron Curtain , Sport has been tainted , perhaps Berlin of 1936 was the starting point , BUT , do we want to watch the Chemical Olympics at Rio in 2016 ?
As i pointed out in previous posts " THE CLINIC " could be a force for change , question is , " IS THERE THE DESIRE "?
Adding to this thread is not enough ! Something positive needs to be done BY ALL !
It seems strange to me that no one has chosen to respond to this challenge ! Obviously denigrating others is great sport but being part of the move for change is JUST TOO HARD !
TO THE RACERS !
How many more unexplained deaths must there be , before you as a Combined Community , act to stop the “ SPORTING FRAUD “ that is imposed on you ! We , the fans , know that you are at risk as individuals !
Sport is now Entertainment for the masses and risking your health in the future will not help your families . Making Profit for the Drug Companies and the Event Organisers will not help you as an individual in your retirement , your departing the sporting scene in good health is the only viable option open for your future .
STAND UP TODAY and make a difference !