Fredrik Kessiakoff in the polka dots up the Col d'Aubisque, Vino
  • Chris OHearn

    Always interesting to hear about this sort of thing so candidly from someone in the peloton. There’s an enormous pressure cycle on riders being pushed back into racing.

    Nick Nuyens is another example. Breaks his hip and is back racing within months only to need further surgery; had cardiac surgery and was back racing within weeks. Never again gets the results expected of a Ronde winner, struggles on but is canned by his team; retires and is given the send-off of a public trashing on Twitter by his manager, Jonathan Vaughters.

    If cycling treats the riders like this then they can’t hold up their hands in horror and say how shocked they are when people take deseperate measures.

    • wakkawakka

      To be fair, this was at the time when David Moncoutié said to the french press that the management of Cofidis found out 4 riders were doping and did nothing about it, and one of the 4 turned out to be Nuyens. (the others were Parra, Scheirlinckx and Moreni)

      So, can you blame Vaughters?

  • wakkwakka

    “It is not as bad as ten, fifteen years ago when it was organised.”

    The UCI’s very own report clearly states they were told by athletes of specific teams that have organized doping today. One of them is even headed by one of the main men of the MPCC, the report says.
    So if this part of what Kessiakoff is saying is easily proven to be false, I wonder what else he’s wrong about.

  • Derek Maher

    Life can be tough whatever job you are in.There is always someone ready to bust your chops,Of course the person giving out a hard time is probably also getting heat.A racing team lives and dies on results.The sponsors want and demand success or they pull the plug.The pressure hits the front line Big Time and riders can resort to desperate measures to hold their jobs.Maybe this should not be forgotten when we judge peoples actions.


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