So Chris Horner taking the lead of the Vuelta has brought out a lot of interesting comments. I have to admit I had not really noticed him before as just another name in the pack in the big tours. Some of you are more aware of his wins in the US and one week events. So I don't know his history, but a lot of people seem to know just who he used to ride with and who ran what teams. There are lots of hints and outright accusations. He is too old, from the wrong era and used to... and so forth. I really don't know if any of this is true or not, so I don't know what to believe.
However, all this got me thinking. I can't see how he can be a pro rider winning events right now and be juiced up to the eye balls. So the accusations are basically say he is turboing past other younger clean GC riders. But surely he must be being tested, even out of competition. Unless he is completely dumb and on the verge of getting busted then what is going on? Either this is his Indian summer or perhaps he has some lasting effects from taking drugs. Obviously drugs give you an enhanced ability to train through the season, but to what extent does this permanently effect your physiology? Blood doping seems like a temporary measure, but what about EPO and growth hormones; does the extra muscular and VOMax stay with you and for how long, years, forever?
So once a cheat always a cheat, literally; would that means life time bans are fair?