Iban Mayo…

David Millar (just signed for Slipstream) ought to be absolutely furious with Iban Mayo.

On the first day in the Pyrenees, Millar and David De La Fuente of the Saunier-Duval team drove the peloton over the Port de Pailheres at a crazy pace, in the hope that team-leader Mayo could do something on the way up to the stage-finish at Plateau de Beille. But he couldn’t, and lost nearly ten minutes on the final climb. And now we learn he was on drugs too.

Mayo had a terrible tour, finishing 16th at 27’09”. I thought the drugs were supposed to prevent that kind of thing.

2 thoughts on “Iban Mayo…”

  1. Might this show just how many of the peleton (or at least the team leaders) are on drugs? I remember the 2004 Olympics backfired somewhat with their attempt to hold the shot put events at Olympia. The gold medal winning woman failed a drugs test, but so did the person who came last. What does that suggest about those in the middle?

  2. Yes, it’s depressing, isn’t it. I was coming round to the view that it was riders like Mayo and Moreau and maybe Valverde who weren’t on drugs, and in their failures we might be seeing the problems of competing against the doped-up riders. But Mayo’s positive test (or, as the press always seems to report, “non-negative” test) knocks that view for six.

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