Scrumple wrote:That's the bit that I can't get my head around - if your "superstar" names of the tour are willing to take the risk then either it is liekly they can (and are) getting away with it.... OR the whole shebang is just doomed is it is so much part of the culture still.
I'm actually taking heart from the fact that it's increasingly team leaders / contenders getting caught (Contador, Frank). If everyone was doing it, you would statistically expect far more lower profile riders to test positive. Also, the high profile riders would be likely to have more sophisticated doping programs, further decreasing their chances of getting caught compared with the others. So hopefully it's now the case that it's so difficult to get away with doping that it's something only desperate major contenders would try, backed up by some very high tech and expensive pharmacological advice. Still, the fact that they are getting caught is good because it shows that even with this level of sophistication you ultimately can't beat the system.