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Le Tour de France.

Well that was an interesting observation.

Cadel Evans got a round of applause from the media yesterday at the press conference, and is known as a 'cleanskin'. Which acc/-SBS commentators, is why he got the applause which they then said has not happenned much in recent years (last year's winner, Contador, may yet lose his win because of drug allegations), and it never happenned in the Armstrong years. Which is as near as you can get to calling Armstrong a drug cheat.

I don't know much about the history of this. I'd thought Lance Armstrong had been clean. Public allegations have been made recently, but now I guess it was common knowledge to the insiders. The sort of information that doesn't get spread around until it doesn't matter anymore.

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patentreporter
Jul. 24th, 2011 09:04 pm (UTC)
Thanks for the interesting tid-bits. A.
pearl
Jul. 25th, 2011 01:50 am (UTC)
There seems to have been a flurry of publicity about Armstrong in May this year. There were rumours beforehand, but for whatever reason it seems more people are talking about it now. (In the US, an interview with one of his team mates seems to have sparked it, which then means it is picked up by the media worldwide.)

eg. http://news.smh.com.au/breaking-news-sport/cbs-stands-by-lance-armstrong-drug-story-20110602-1fhym.html
lostinarcadia
Jul. 25th, 2011 04:03 pm (UTC)
It's hard to tell whether it's true but was kept under wraps because of his plucky cancer-survivor public persona, or if it's a case of enough mud sticking.

With Contador it seems that his coach gave him something which turned out to be illegal or possibly illegal which is why the case is still up in the air. I heard a lot of commentary at the time that suggested it was an honest "oopsie" on someone's part. There was also some cycnical comments that if it had been genuine doping he probably wouldn't have been caught out.

I'm glad Cadel is considered a clean skin, at least. How awful that they even have a term… it argues there's a need for a term… As you say, interesting...
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