25 August 2012

Taint of the Tour

According to analysis by the New York Times, one third of the top-ten finsihers in the Tour de France from 1998 to 2011 "have admitted to using performance-enhancing drugs at some point in their careers or have been officially linked to doping."

Those who follow professional cycling are not surprised. Unless it is the surprise of the obverse: two thirds of top finishers have not (yet) admitted to use or been officially linked to use. The list of untainted competitors incudes:
I am surprised by the seven competitors who have three appearances each in the top ten finishers. Three more (Mancebo, Pereiro, and Zubeldia) have four appearances. And Cadel Evans and Carlos Sastre have six appearanlces each.

These indeed are top athletes, and they are a strong argument against the actual enhancements to performance that doping may bring.

That is, if indeed these athletes compete "clean."

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