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Insightful documentary on The Tour de Farce
on 20 July 2016
Very interesting documentary following Lance Armstrong's 2009 comeback ride for the Tour de France, and the crumbling House of Cards that ensued as various disaffected team mates spilled the beans on his dope taking. What comes across is his incredible ability to lie repeatedly about his failed tests and allegations, and his indomitable will that will not brook any disrespect to his Messianic Mission to race on behalf of cancer victims and their families. His deceit is truly sickening.
Only when a federal prosecutor starts to subpoena people involved in this dirty business, do sworn statements appear that detail the extent of Lance Armstrong's involvement with drug taking and testing avoidance. What comes across is just how dirty professional cycling is and how the power of 'omerta' keeps the riders in line. Everyone in this whole wretched enterprise know that a large number of cyclists and their support staff are doing one drug or another but the money being generated is so huge and benefits so many, that the crime is blithely ignored. Problem, what problem? I know nothing, it could have been said by Manuel from Fawlty Towers.
What is truly pitiful is that even in his 2009 comeback where he finished 3rd it was later shown he had abnormal blood results. The winner Alberto Contador is then busted in his next win in 2010 for doping. It is farcical. The extras are very interesting with the 'Dr Dope' Michele Ferrari interview showcasing this physicians utter lack of scrupals. Here is a man who practises pseudo science to adminster various performance boosting drugs; EPO, testosterone, cortisone, steroids and human growth hormone, to his human guinea pigs and then devises ways to avoid being detected by the testing authorities. Not once does he go into the abuse of such potent biochemicals and their long term side effects like sterility, cancer and organ failure. He is an utter disgrace.
I have no idea or even interest in how cycling can conduct itself in a 'clean' fashion. Why bother at all? It is a freakshow, they may as well have it as a circus sideshow, with the riders openly injecting dope and refrigerating blood bags. The individual with the highest blood drug concentration, a smorgasbord of various pharmaceuticals, is then declared The Winner, and detoxed over the following year in a Swiss Clinic.