Daily News Digest

by Mark Zalewski

July 14, 2016

In today’s CT Daily News Digest: Crosswinds wreak havoc! Sagan wins Tour de France stage 11, Froome extends lead; Gaviria makes it two-for-two in Poland; Prudhomme: The wind was 104 km/h, Ventoux is impossible; Matthews’ long road to Tour de France success: ‘I was almost giving up on this race’; Flamme rouge incident malicious?; The Secret Pro at the 2016 Tour de France: Sky is conserving, Cav is back, and squabbles in the gruppetto; Meet Megan Guarnier: women’s cycling’s new leader; Romain Bardet says new generation taking over in cycling; Prudhomme calls for fans to respect riders; Driver targets, hits cyclist in UK; Tour of Alberta announces route; What leads amateurs to dope?; Person of interest sought in tack incident; Tour de France, stage 11 recap; Tour de France, stage 10 on-board highlights; OBE Backstage Pass, stage 10; Storm on the Ventoux

What leads amateurs to dope?

by CyclingTips

At the beginning of 2016 UK Anti-Doping announced three doping violations by cyclists. Not pros being paid to race their bike, but amateurs. The Telegraph takes a look at what might motivate someone who is paying to compete to turn to performance enhancing drugs.

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Here is an excerpt:

“The motivation of athletes to dope is a really interesting subject and it’s also really complicated,” says Pat Myhill, director of operations at UK Anti-Doping. He argues that it’s not all about fame and fortune. “Sometimes it’s just about personal achievements, beating your own time,” he says. “Yes, of course it’s about winning, if you can. But sometimes it’s about curiosity.” This, it seems, has often been a dangerous factor in doping.

“A lot of it was curiosity,” said 18-year-old Gabriel Evans in a statement after his ban. He was 17 when he was discovered with a vial of EPO by a team-mate’s father – and he was junior national champion. A similar explanation came from fellow time trial rider Dan Staite, who tested positive for steroids in 2010. He answered his critics on a popular time triallists’ online forum, explaining, “From an experimentation perspective it was worth it. It gave me the data I needed to answer a few questions of ‘what if’.”

But “what if”… what?

Staite was too old to turn professional, and even with the drugs he was a country mile off the best in the sport. No matter how far from the elite they are, though, athletes who dope often seem to want to make a step up to the next level of speed and competition, whatever it may be. For Evans, knowing whether he could ever turn his hobby into a profession was surely a motive, and in that regard he certainly wasn’t the first.

Click through to read more at The Telegraph.

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