Getting to the truth about dopers/Clean riders who dare to win
Okay so Nibali is going to win the Giro by minutes without much of a challenge. He has been lucky enough to see some of his rivals missing, sick and/or crash or just plain out of form or even too old. The weather has prevented anyone really attacking him in the last few days. I think it fair to say this is as easy a Grand Tour victory as he could have expected. However, despite these obvious factors the minutes and lack of competition make it look 'too easy.' I hear people muttering, well he does ride for Astana and you know what they are like. Despite having just moved there this year.
It makes you think that maybe no one can win by too large a margin or it will look suspicious. What if Chris Froome storms to a brilliant victory at the Tour? If he wins one of these uphill timetrials which would seem to suit him so well, will we start to think he should hold back or start mumbling about him being too good as well.
When we are talking about a so called new generation of clean riders there still seems to be an element of doubt, that they need to be seen to struggle or not dare to beat the competition by too great a margin lest we think they might be cheats. Yet some of them must be tested round the clock and with the blood passport historically compared to watch for suspicious improvements.
The doping story will rumble on for the foreseeable future with Lance tweeting out from under the woodwork and bags of frozen Spanish blood to be argued over. On the day that Di Luca was caught and labelled as one less of the old generation makes you wonder how many more cases are still to come out; each one a setback to reforming the sport. How deep is the barrel and are we anywhere near the bottom? Just how long we will have to live with reports like this and how many years of clean winners we will have to have before we can wonder and marvel again at a triumphant win and not doubt it immediately.