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  • Henry

    Great piece Jono… thoroughly enjoyed. Good thing they never really tested for what the riders took for recreation in the offie!

    • Sean

      @4128f71e23cec9f41db4595e4df14a1e:disqus HAHA I was thinking that when I read the drug bit!! Cookie should write a book about partying. Awesome article @Jono_L:disqus !

      • Jono_L

        What happens in the Offie, stays in the offie!

  • Steveo

    Nice read…he was never confronted with the “drug” issue because no systematic doping, but does this mean he never took any? He was well aware of it I’d like to know further on his thoughts during that time period

    • Dave

      Does this mean he never took any? As we saw with EPO’Grady earlier this year, that doesn’t mean anything.

  • Dan Wilkins

    Awesome article Jono and CT!!! Brilliant photos also!

    • Dave

      Love the one with Robbie’s constipation face!

      • Daz

        Or the one with the podium chick locked in…clearly chicks dig Cookie.

  • Iain

    I liked the part of this interview where Cooke is asked the tough questions about doping and how he performed so well alongside some of he dopiest dopers to have ever doped.

    • Jono_L

      Sounds like you’ve made up your mind :-)

      • Iain

        Yeah, I pretty much have, but that’s not the point. If you were interviewing, lets say, a former senior executive at Enronn, one of the guys who didn’t go to jail or get fined, would you ask him questions about how great it was working for one of the worlds biggest corporations? If you’re telling me Cooke’s performances don’t warrant a level of suspicion, you’re lying, uninformed or willfully blind. I can get onto youtube and google and check out the best moments of any noughties-pro’s career myself, puff pieces, like Cooke’s green jersey, are so 2003. 2013 is all about marginal gains and proper journalism.

        • echidna_sg

          give it a bone, no one is forcing you to read it fella…

        • jules

          comparing the destruction caused by greedy Enron execs to doping in sport is ridiculous. if he doped in that period, i wouldn’t be surprised for the same reason i wouldn’t think much less of him. if he was clean on the other hand, then my estimation of him would rise exponentially.

          • Iain

            I’m not comparing Baden Cooke to corporate criminals. I’m saying that this piece misses an opportunity to address the doping issue in cycling. And it’s a continuous issue and theme in cycling journalism, which is why I felt strongly enough to comment, because, fair point, I don’t have to read every cycling article ever, but when so many fail to address the doping issue adequately, I think that’s a disservice to the sport and fans. I certainly know I’m not the only cycling fan frustrated at news articles or interviews which give nostalgia priority over truth (what that truth may be Jules, as you alluded to, no-one knows). Basically, I’d like to see more David Walsh and Paul Kimmage, asking tough questions, helping to break down the omerta.

            • Iain, I know where you’re coming from however we have absolutely nothing to substantiate the question on. Saying that he was winning sprints against the best at that time demonstrates a complete misunderstanding of the sport and does not constitute as proof of anything. Not one journalist has ever got a confession out of a cyclist (aside from oprah).

              • Iain

                That’s a good point, and I certainly understand where a website like yours comes from. In terms of, most riders of the “Armstrong” era never tested positive so how can you quiz an individual such as this about doping. I’m not really sure what you mean by the “complete misunderstanding of the sport” sentence. Are you saying that sprinters don’t benefit from doping? Because I think that’s pretty obviously untrue. Anyway, some of the stuff in this interview raises big questions, like “I feel blessed that I was never really confronted with it…but I was well aware of it”, how was he aware of it? Or when he says the sport was clean before Brian Cookson was elected, how does he know and what constitutes “clean”? I think resigning yourself to not being able to get a doping confession from one individual is a bit of a cop out, and it’s certainly not the point I’m trying to make. As a cycling fan, I really don’t care about another individual confessing and being crucified for past actions, but I do care about shedding light on a culture of doping and silence, which in the past, has been aided by cycling media who is reluctant to fully address the issue. Also I do like this site and perhaps I should take my quarrel to other cycling news outlets but I’m here now (i.e. sorry).

    • echidna_sg

      *meh* look at the history of dopers who have been caught… by FAR the majority have been GC or climber types and not too many sprinters who (lets face facts) are primarily wheel suckers extraordinare and ride to make the time cut off 8/10 stages on a grand tour… yeah his answers might read as lacking a bit of detail, but what do you want?

      It seems that average joe mamil thinks that anything less than a full admission of continuous drug use for years on end by any rider of that period is automatically a lie.

  • JJ

    Great article Jono, so good to read when the interviewer has done his homework and asks good questions. I’m still perplexed about the green jersey battle with Robbie, and the comments and mental pressure put on Cookie…?
    I was hoping Cookie would still have a Classic win in him, oh well. A great career, it’s a long way to Monaco from Benalla…

  • purpletezza

    So many alloy bikes…..

  • velocite

    “I wasn’t naturally a sprinter”?? Is that for real?

    • Notso Swift

      Like Renshw he rev’ed it up over a little longer as opposed to having a Cav/McEwan explosion/ extra kick


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