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How come accusees never explicitly deny?(5 posts)

How come accusees never explicitly deny?shirt
May 18, 2002 4:39 PM
Reading Garzelli's comments today, it suddenly dawned on me that I have NEVER heard an accused bicycle racer explicitly deny taking drugs.

Sure, you hear things like, "No evidence was found," "They'll find nothing," "My conscience is clear," "The tests are inconclusive," etc, etc. Lance is as guilty of this apparent dissembling as anybody.

Has anybody actually heard an accused racer say, "I have never in my life taken drugs in order to increase my performance," or, "I've never taken any forbidden drugs" ?

I believe Lance hasMcAndrus
May 18, 2002 5:43 PM
In a press conference during the 99 Tour Lance was pretty specific denying using anything UCI illegal. I wish I could remember the quotes exactly but I do remember him denying categorically.

On the other hand, I agree that most of the accused seem pretty eager to blow smoke, looking to hide behind the letter of the law while flouting the spirit of the law. Pantani really gets my goat in this regard.
"nothing illegal"DougSloan
May 19, 2002 2:46 PM
About all they can truthfully say, assuming it is true, is that they take "nothing illegal." They can't say "I don't take drugs," because no doubt they take something, even if it's just a Tylenol now and then.

My bet, however, is that some of these guys are on the cutting edge, staying one step ahead of what's "illegal." Come up with something new, and you have a free pass to take it -- and you can truthfully deny taking anything illegal.

Lance did take EPOColnagoFE
May 20, 2002 7:42 AM
though it was in the treatment of his cancer and defintely not performance enhancing.
I think you may be wrong about Lance. . .allervite
May 19, 2002 7:22 PM
I am not a huge Lance fan or anything, but I do believe he explicitly denied having taken anything during a few Tour de France press conferences, and I actually believe him.

I believe him because I read his book and I do not think he would do anything to endanger his health after coming so close to losing his life.

Before cancer, I would not be surprised if he took something.