Your Thursday Daily News Digest

by Mark Zalewski

August 4, 2016

In today’s CyclingTips Daily News Digest: Veloso wins Portugal stage, Vinhas keeps lead; Carpenter rides break to Utah win; Astana wins Vuelta a Burgos TTT; In her own words: Armitstead explains whereabouts case; Doping control officer: It’s right that Armitstead was cleared in her whereabouts case; Vincenzo Nibali confirms leadership of Bahrain Merida Pro Cycling Team; The difference one year makes: Peter Stetina’s incredible comeback; Caleb Ewan extends with ORICA-BikeExchange; USA Pro Challenge will not return in 2017; Wiggins talks frankly about doping, Armstrong; A lesson to learn: Silber’s approaching cycling the right way; Adam Phelan’s Video Diary: A guide among the chaos; Brain Injuries in Mountain Biking – Are we Doing Enough?; Former Pakistani Olympic cyclist reduced to rickshaw driver; Getting Team Canada dressed for Rio; Getting vehicles dressed for a race

Wiggins talks frankly about doping, Armstrong

by CyclingTips

In an interview with British GQ Bradley Wiggins says that Lance Armstrong was simply “the best at drug taking.” The former Tour de France winner and Olympic gold medalist pulled no punched in an interview about doping in the sport of cycling.

Tour de France 2012 stage - 20

Here is an excerpt:

As a clean rider, how hard have you found it to deal with the issue of drugs in cycling?
“I find it incredibly difficult, I don’t mind admitting that. What angers me is that I feel I have to justify my position now and what I am achieving. I understand why people ask the questions they do about cycling, but for me, personally, it is something I struggle to cope with and to keep responding to. I feel uncomfortable being the voice of today’s riders, like I am having to atone for the sins of another generation.”

Do you feel that the Armstrong scandal in some ways has taken the gloss off your Tour de France win?
“I don’t know, really. In some ways, I think it enhances what I did. Obviously there will be people who will say, ‘They must all be on drugs.’ But cycling is a different sport now. This scandal is very much a snapshot of what cycling was like at that time. It is not like that now.”

Do you feel let down by Lance Armstrong?
“No, I don’t. Because so many cyclists were doing it back then. You look at the guys that were finishing second or third or fourth, and they’ve all been done [for drugs]. Lance Armstrong was just the best at drug taking. But rather than feel let down by him, I think that whole generation let us down. I don’t think this has happened to any [other] sport, where a void has been created in a whole era. The closest thing I can think of is that Olympic 100-metre final with Ben Johnson [at Seoul, 1988].”

Click through to read more at British GQ.