Friday, May 25, 2007

Doping - So Who Really Won the 1996 Tour?

1. Bjarne Riis (Den) Telekom 95.57.16
2. Jan Ullrich (Ger) Telekom 1.41
3. Richard Virenque (Fra) Festina 4:37
4. Laurent Dufaux (Swi) Festina 5:53
5. Peter Luttenberger (Aut) Carrera 7:07
6. Luc Leblanc (Fra) Polti 10:03
7. Piotr Ugrumov (Rus) Roslotto 10:04
8. Fernando Escartin (Spa) Kelme 10:26
9. Abraham Olano (Spa) Mapei 11:00
10. Tony Rominger (Swi) Mapei 11:53
11. Miguel Indurain (Spa) Banesto 14:14
12. Patrick Jonker (Aus) ONCE 18:58
13. Bo Hamburger (Den) TVM 22:19
14. Udo Bolts (Ger) Telekom 25:56
15. Alberto Elli (Ita) MG-Technogym 26:18
16. Manuel Fernandez Gines (Spa) Mapei 26:28
17. Leonardo Piepoli (Ita) Refin 27:36
18. Laurent Brochard (Fra) Festina 32:11
19. Michele Bartoli (Ita) MG-Technogym 37:18
20. Yevgeny Berzin (Rus) Gewiss 38:00

If Riis doped and so did Ullrich, is Virenque the winner? No, Virenque doped and so did Dufaux. So now Luttenberger. He had to have doped to be up there with the dopers (and he didn't do better any other years). LeBlanc? Doper. Ugrumov? He raced for Carrera - doper. Escartin? Kelme, need I say more. Olano? Mr 55%. Rominger? One of the first guys to hold "training camps" and come out of them faster than if he had raced - doper.

Indurain? Hate to say it but '96 was the year they announced potential tests for EPO and I predicted Indurain would falter. This means he STOPPED taking EPO.

I think Indurain should be the winner.

Jonker? ONCE = Sainz = Doped. Hamburger? Doped. Bolts? Doped. blah blah. Even Bartoli. Berzin.

Man talk about weeding things out.

More later when I've thought about things a bit more.

3 comments:

Anonymous said...

dead on!!
keeping mulling on it, but be sure to write it down.

what is the future then?

a sport overseen by ex-dopers??

hmmm....

IB Rich said...

wow. WOW.

Now what? Time for an amnesty to get it ALL out and then start fresh? I just don't know.

I know this can only be good for the sport to finally start coming to terms with the problem, but I can't imagine this is good for cycling in general.

Pity.

Ismael said...

Indurain definitely deserved to win. He's been racing even before drugs existed :P