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By Nick White
Out of respect to my sponsors and team-mates, I can't say what I want to
about this jerk and the even mightier jerks at Domo Farm-Frites (although I will
be writing something, somewhere...stay tuned). You wonder if they're really
using their brains over there. They've already hired one doping maniac in
Virenque and now its going to be VDB back in the fold. Again.
I'm all up for forigivng a man's transgressions...God knows I have made many
mistakes in my life...but forgiveness doesn't necessarily remove the
consequences of your actions.
I am sick of people like VDB tarnishing our already badly tarnished sport.
If the Belgian fedeeration, UCI, CAS or anyone else allows this man to race
again, they will SEVERELY hamper the integrity of this sport, its controls and
more importantly, the morale of anyone who chooses to stand strong in the face
of enormous pressure to use a needle.
The guard must change. It must come from within, from the heart. Or all hope is
I will always stand against doping. I can promise everyone out there who reads
this of that.
Full credit to Giorgio Squinzi at Mapei for pulling the pin on his sponsorship.
It leaves a lot of good, honest riders in the wind, but it sends a message. I
would rather there be no pro cycling than a pro circuit with drugs.
After all, what's more important...the money or being able to look at yourself
in the mirror?
Be true to yourselves first
P.S I have SOOOOO much to write about my wonderful time in France, but I need to
find a moment to do it justice. I promise it will be up soon. Thanks so much to
those of you who have e-mailed me. I will always answer, and I love to hear from
If you want to email Nick or the others from the Cycling Center, go ahead!
They love the encouragement! (Click here to email Jed,
Travis or Daniel)
Or you can also visit the Cycling Center
website or the Cycling Center hub
at the dailypeloton (to be reached via the teams&riders link at the left)
for more news.