perjantai 12. lokakuuta 2012

Beast of burden

Radioschack-Nissanin dirika Johan Brunyeel erotettiin tänään GM:n tehtävistään, johtuen häneenkin kytkeytyvästä isosta d-vyyhdestä ja sen tutkimuksista.

USADA:n Lance Armstrongin tapaukseen keräämä todisteraportti on karua tekstiä, eikä tämän ex-ammattilaisen, nykyisen tallipäällikön toiminta ole ollut mitään pyhäkouluosastoa. Erityisesti karmii hänen toimintansa nuorten tuoreiden ammattilaisten suhteen (kuten muiden U.S. Postal / Discovery Channel -talleissa). Mitähän noissa muissa tiimeissä on tapahtunut samaan aikaan..?

Hiljaiseksi vetää, kun ajattelee käytännössä asiaa. Ammattipyöräily on aika likaista touhua sen raaimmassa ääressä. Tulee vain mieleen, että kuinka mätä "peloton" ja oikemmin koko rahan ja vallan ytimen ympärille kasattu teollisuus onkaan. Ajajien rooli on olla pelinappula. Heidän rakkautta lajiin hyödynnetään kaikin keinoin. Se joka kieltäytyy aineista on todellinen sankari. Täytyy todella toivoa, että seuraavat kuukaudet ja vuodet toisivat oikeita muutoksia aina hallintotasolta lähtien. Kansainvälinen pyöräilyliitto UCI ei voi  ummistaa silmiänsä alati paisuvalle ongelmalle, joka muhii heidän omassa eteisessään ja mitä ilmeisimmin ihan sielä pääpomojen pöydän alla.

Tässä suoria lainauksia koskien David Zabriskieta. Ei tainnut hänelläkään olla eväitä tehdä oikeata valintaa.


Sivu 116/202 eteenpäin:
"In early 2003 David Zabriskie was 23 years old, a young man who had postponed a college education to see what he could make of himself in cycling. He must have felt fortunate to be on Lance Armstrong’s U.S. Postal Service Cycling Team. Zabriskie was, no doubt, happy to be walking to a meeting at a café in Girona, Spain with Team Director Johann Bruyneel, Team Doctor Luis del Moral and Zabriskie’s roommate at competitions, and a somewhat older cyclist named Michael Barry."

"Zabriskie was away from home, a young man in an unfamiliar environment, he did not know Spanish and frequently felt lonely, one of the younger cyclists on a team of hardened professionals. However, on this day one would not have been surprised to find him expectant, hopeful"...

"Bruyneel was respected by Zabriskie whose father had died a few years before, his life shortened by drug addiction. Zabriskie had sought refuge in cycling. Long hard training rides were cathartic and provided an escape from the difficult home life associated with a parent with an addiction. He had vowed never to give in to the temptation to use, never to end up like his father, furtively using drugs to feed his dependency and eroding his physical health."

"The group met at or near a café, and the conversation proceeded in English. Bruyneel got right to the point. He and del Moral had brought two injectable products for Zabriskie and Barry, something known as “recovery” and the banned oxygen booster, erythropoietin (known as“EPO”). Zabriskie was shocked. This was the beginning of David’s third year on the team and he had not realized he would be required to dope. He realized, of course, that some cyclists in the peloton and likely some teammates fueled their success with banned substances. However, until now he had been largely shielded from the reality of drug use on the U.S. Postal Service Team."

"Zabriskie began to ask questions.He was fearful of the health implications of using EPO, and he had a slew of questions: would he be able to have children? would it cause any physical changes? Would he grow larger ears? The questions continued. Bruyneel responded, “everyone is doing it.”Bruyneel assured that if EPO was dangerous no professional cyclists would be having kids. David was cornered. He had embraced cycling to escape a life seared by drugs and now he felt that he could not say no and stay in his mentor’s good graces.He looked to Barry for support but he did not find it. Barry’s mind was made up. Barry had decided to use EPO, and he reinforced Bruyneel’s opinions that EPO use was required for success in the peloton."

"The group retired to Barry’s apartment where both David and Barry were injected with EPO by Dr. del Moral. Thus began a new stage in David Zabriskie’s cycling career – the doping stage. Cycling was no longer David’s refuge from drugs. When he went back to his room that night he cried"


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