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Your 15 minutes are up, Adam
How exciting is this? After what seems like dozens of maybe Nandrolonepositives or maybe just contaminated supplements, a good old fashionedEPO case. Headline reads: Young cyclist rockets through the ranks, findshimself second only to Chris Horner, test positive for EPO. (see”Bergmanaccepts provisional suspension for EPO positive“)Nandrolone is the most used/abused steroid for recreational weight liftersand there really are that many supplements contaminated with it. The onlything contaminated with EPO is EPO.As a mediocre, but clean Cat. 1, I’ve been waiting for some blood tobe shed in the war on doping for quite some time, now I have the tastein my mouth, and it doesn’t get any better than this.Adam, you cheated me, and hundreds of other amateur and professionalcyclists, who sacrificed and worked hard for their minor personal victories.However nice of a guy you might be, you represented your team, your profession,and your sport in a way that was dishonest.
The cycling world was better off without you and I hope you never racea bike again. Sorry.Call me naive, but I have faith that love of sport will win over loveof money and desperation for fame and hollow victories. One at a time.Geoff Rapoport
San Diego, CaliforniaLocal boy makes bad?
I am surprised by Adam Bergman’s acceptance of a provisional suspension.I thought we had a local boy make good. It seemed like his results haveratcheted up this year. I guess we found out why that was. At least he’syoung enough to not have done too much harm to his body. Make you wonderhow he was caught and why we can’t catch more dopers.
Fridley, MinnesotaZero tolerance
I write this as a long time fan of both cycling and track and fieldwhere cheating with performance enhancing drugs has become common place.(See “Meirhaeghetests positive, admits guilt, retires“)I have sympathy for the athlete that is compelled to cheat because ofthe tremendous pressure to succeed and win. The pressure to win is notlimited to the sports and can be found in the corporate world has well.Just look at Enron. There is a relatively simple fix for the problem. Thegoverning bodies must implement a no tolerance policy.The list of banned drugs should be limited to performance enhancingdrugs or drugs which are later determined to be performance enhancing.Any athlete that tests positive should be banned from the sport for lifein any capacity and stripped of all records, honors and wins. Anythingbut a strong no tolerance policy will be ineffective and allow for thecontinued use of illegal performance enhancing drugs. Competing in sport is not a right, but a privilege.David M. Grey
Los Angeles, CaliforniaWith role models like that….
David hopes to be a role model? (See “Millarhopes to be role model“) Puhleeeze. David, you doped, and you gotcaught. I certainly would not like any of my kids looking up to you asa role model. A role model is one who doesn’t cheat. I didn’t particularlylike you when you were bitching and moaning about stages being too hard,or too dangerous. Go find a new profession.
Crestline, CaliforniaIt’s only a movie…
I just heard on local news radio that Matt Damon has just signed onto film a movie about Lance’s sixth Tour victory with Charlize Theron likelyto play the part of Sheryl Crow. (See “Damonset to play Armstrong in movie“) Filming is set to begin this September.All that seems to be missing now are four horsemen riding across thesky and the Apocalypse will be complete!
LaPlata, MarylandCasting call!
How about Robin Williams as Johan Bruyneel and Sheryl Crowe as theex-wife.
San Diego, CaliforniaCasting call II
Matt Damon as Lance Armstrong?
How about this: Kevin Costner as Lance (sans mustache), David Grantas George Hincapie, Rae Dawn Chong as Kristin Armstrong (and then alsoas Sheryl Crow later in the film), with cameos by Eddy Merckx as JohanBruyneel and Greg LeMond as Filippo Simeoni, and Bob Roll as Chris Carmichael,all set to a John Tesh soundtrack. Phil and Paul can play themselves.Now that would be an epic.Eric E. Collander
Oberlin, OhioCan we audition as David Walsh? We’ve been working on our Irish brogue- Editor
The Mail Bag is a regular feature on VeloNews.com, generally appearing each Monday, Wednesday and Friday. If you have a comment, an opinion or observation regarding anything you have seen in cycling, in VeloNews magazine or on VeloNews.com, write to WebLetters@InsideInc.com. Please include your full name and home town. Letters may be edited for length and clarity.