As a fan of cycling for 35 years, I can vouch that cheating started long before Lance. I sent an article to USA Today, but they didn’t publish it because they are on the “crucify Armstrong” team.
How many years did Lance win the Tour de France? Seven straight.
Who was his doctor? Michele Ferrari. Who won before Lance? Miguel Indurain. How many times did he win? Five straight. Who was his doctor? Michele Ferrari.
Coincidence? Probably not.
Miguel excelled at the time trial and passed Lance at a high rate of speed before Lance had cancer. Did Lance want to do better? Yes. Did he want to win? Yes. So when he came back from near death, who did he call? Miguel’s doctor, Ferrari. Lance started winning, and kept on winning.
Should Ferrari be credited with 12 wins straight? Probably. Did the “dark period” start before Lance? Absolutely.
Bob Roll, cycling sports commentator and former TDF competitor, once said 95 percent of the peloton was doping. So if you want to compete, what do you do?
Yep, if you don’t want to be sent home. Once again, thanks for a more balanced article.