Friday, May 25, 2007

Respect

I have to say I respect Riis for being the first person I know of who has now admitted doping when he didn't have to, but also for admitting he used it to win. While I don't think his win should be discounted (I mean, let's face it that everyone else was probably doped too) the lack of "I doped, but only in the races I didn't win" is a nice new reveal.

Update: Just to be clear, the new twist I was referring to is admitting he won a race on dope. Most riders who come clean claim they didn't use them to win anything. Although now that I think of it Millar did so I guess Riis is the 2nd.

7 Comments:

At Friday, May 25, 2007 9:47:00 AM, Anonymous e2thec said...

Too bad LA will never come 'clean'...

 
At Friday, May 25, 2007 10:25:00 AM, Anonymous Coach Curly said...

ummm... there's that angle... OR he was about to be outed and decided to teel the story himself

 
At Friday, May 25, 2007 2:35:00 PM, Blogger Argentius said...

Zabel?

 
At Friday, May 25, 2007 3:05:00 PM, Blogger P-Dog said...

I respect him a ton as well for the same reason. I think the difference is Riis admitted he won the race his career is based on.

And there is absolutely nothing that could have come out about Riis that would have been any different than we already knew.

He was well known in cycling as Mr. 60%. So he really had no new incentive to come out.

And I can't help but notice ASO seems to want CSC banned. Which, as I've said, makes me question whether they really want to clean cycling up or to just make the problem go away.

 
At Friday, May 25, 2007 8:48:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I dunno. I think Millar and Riis are both bitches. Millar only admitted it after the police found vials of empty EPO at his house and Riis admitted to using EPO shortly after old T-mobile teammates Zabel and Aldag admitted to doping. Me thinks he "came clean" cause he knew that shit was about to hit the fan and wanted to be "honest" instead of getting called out.

 
At Friday, May 25, 2007 11:54:00 PM, Blogger Argentius said...

anon has a good point, and I doubt he believes Millar when he says he kept the empty epo vials around just because he felt guilty about them.

But, Riis did not have to come out and say, "Yes, I did it, I doped, my Tour de France win was doped, you can take it back if you want." I still respect the stones that took.

 
At Saturday, May 26, 2007 7:33:00 AM, Blogger P-Dog said...

Millar fits point 2, in that he got caught but could have said "I took EPO but not to win worlds". I actually like Millar and respect that he didn't try to keep his TT title after getting caught. But, I also agree he was caught so no full credit.

Even with the whole T-Mobile team coming out I don't think that changed anything for Riis. It's been an open secret since his Gewiss days. I don't think anyone really thought he was clean.

I think that took stones. And offering to give the jersey back.

 

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