Honesty is the best policy
Dear Cycling Fans,
Unfortunately cycling has once again made it into the headlines, and unfortunately these headlines are once again – particularly for a professional cyclist – frustrating and negative. I am shocked at the information and proof that has emerged in recent days in relation to Lance Armstrong. The full extent is seemingly on a scale that I could never have imagined.
It is good that the doping scandal surrounding Lance Armstrong and his former teammates has been uncovered, even if this has occurred much too slowly and almost too late in my opinion. It is good that some riders have confessed about the extensive and systematic doping carried out by US Postal and Lance Armstrong, even if I am of the opinion that these riders are also cheats who should have adhered to the clear anti-doping regulations from the start. It is good that bans have now been announced and that individuals are being stripped of titles, even if it doesn’t bring us clean riders anything in retrospect.
I hope that the scandal that has been uncovered will not further damage the sport of cycling, which inspires and thrills many fans throughout the world, and that it will remain possible for me to continue to live my personal dream.
For as long as I can remember I have been surrounded by bicycles and the sport of cycling. From a young age I put all of my energy and motivation into cycle racing and have been able to realize my dream of becoming a professional cyclist through hard work and idealism – but always fairly and honestly as a sportsman. There are also many other riders, particularly in the younger generation, who have earned a fair chance and who should not be “punished” for the mistakes of these dopers who have now been exposed.
Cycling is a fascinating sport and I will fight to preserve and pass on this fascination with a clear conscience.