It is unbelievable that we're still stuttering through the delayed confessions of the "Doping Generation". What we're teaching in pro cycling right now is this: Cheat as much as you want, as long as you confess after statute of limitations is over and we'll forgive you.
Just when we all though we were out of the fog of the USPS team soft confessions, Michael Rasmussen comes out with his book implicating the Canadian Giro winner IMMEDIATELY he comes out and says he cheated...Seriously? He really thought he could just fly under the radar: maybe no one of the dozens of people who knew about it would come out and say he doped. It's the most forgiving time in recent, anti-doping history, and he still thought: "maybe I'll get away with it".
And this guy guy decides to saw his bike in half because he felt so abandoned by the cycling world after he confessed to cheating and lying about it. These guys are not the heroes we feel pride for and want to root for.
Say what you will about Lance being an Ass, but he at least had a constitution to stick to his guns not to run off and snitch on every single person at the slightest hint of doubt. The Lance-scape-goating has gotten so prevalent we can probably go ahead and blame Lance for the NSA, Drones, AND Obamacare #ThanksLance.
I'm sick of the these guys saying: "Lance/Rasmussen/Team Director made me do it"...grow some balls for god's sake. This is the toughest sport in the world (according to me), don't abandon your Nads/ovaries as soon as you take off your clicky shoes. At least Lance and George are ponying up and putting money back into the sport by sponsoring Continental teams.
So all the USPS guys got pushed up against a wall and cried uncle, they got their slap on the wrist (to promote a confession culture) but continue to ride as if nothing ever freaking happened. Or they retire to start an illustrious career earning appearance fee's on the Fondo/Group-ride circuit.
I think that this is all silly, cycling is just a sport like any other: complete with cheats and heroes. In the grand scheme of things none of this matters. But I've tried my hand at domestic racing (and will continue to) and know how hard it is to scrape by.
I also know countless other younger WAY more promising guys than myself doing the pro biker thing and it really sucks for them (I'm a crit racer duh). Races go away, teams get smaller, and it's in no small part because people continue to let these old dopers to influence cycling and take the spots from guys who could be the clean future of cycling.
We all now know that EPO and Testosterone are ACTUALLY the keys to eternal youth, and when I quit competitive cycling I'm going to EPO and LowT myself to the gills, but let these guys go. It's sickening to see teams still hiring some old big name dude and give these dopers a shot at "redemption". Regardless of how clean they are now, they used cheating to get to the top level of competition, top level of support, and only benefitted further from being there: the fast get faster and the slow get slower. If people want new clean heroes they have to make room for them in the ever shrinking Pro peleton.
I know this is a real world and all these guys know is how to ride bikes. I know it's a slap in the face of mortality to win a race at 40+ years of age. But for god's sake, stop buying their books and hiring them and make room for the new guys.