Contador tests positive:http://sports.espn.go.com/oly/cycling/news/story?id=5631343
What would Floyd do?
Positive tests stopped suprising me after I learned about the drug-fueld origins and early history of the TdF ([url=http://www.amazon.com/Tour-France-Greatest-Bicycle-Resources/dp/18924952... easy-to-read book[/url]). The premise is that cycling + drugs are so historically interwoven into the fabric of the sport in general - but especially at the TdF - that it's an assumption that your competition is taking something. And the drug-of-choice changed over the decades: Alcohol (wine during the stages), cocaine ("just a pinch between the cheek and gum"), amphetamines ("greenies"), and modern designer drugs (EPO, namely). A typical example, while an old example it still resonates as relevant, is 1960s British rider Tom Simpson who died on Mont Ventoux as a result of amphetamines + alcohol. His last words, which may be urban legend, were, "Put me back on my bike." [url=http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tom_Simpson]He died in the saddle, slowly asphyxiated by intense effort in a heatwave after taking methylamphetamine drugs and alcoholic stimulants.[/url]. They didn't investigate that kind of thing back then. "Good races" sold newspapers and cycling magazines, and as long-time sponsors of the tour, publishers who sponsored/covered the teams weren't interested in kicking out good riders, regardless of how they became dominant.
As much as I would love to see Contador spanked around a bit, this looks like a very low dose of something known to be injected in livestock. He's got a good alibi, so I bet this one is quickly swept under the rug.
Didn't surprise me. I actually laughed when I saw it this morning. I wanted Schlek to win the last two years so I was kinda happy.
[quote=dkhartung]As much as I would love to see Contador spanked around a bit, this looks like a very low dose of something known to be injected in livestock. He's got a good alibi, so I bet this one is quickly swept under the rug. [/quote]
from what i've read last night and today: injected into horses, not cows
I think in general, a good sweeping under the rug would occur, but I also think in Conti's case he has made so many anit-fans that this one may get some fuel to a fire. Kinda funny really.