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Wednesday, July 11, 2007
By Yokota Fritz

2007 Tour de France. I've noticed that Versus has had to adjust their television programming because the races are running a little longer than planned. Spare Cycles joked about "slow peloton, no attacks = no doping" during Stage 3 before Cancellara's finishing sprint. Graham Watson notes in his audio report that perhaps the riders feel "funny" without their drugs.

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Interesting that one of my students who's not really into biking noted, when I said something about Stage 3 being a bit slow before the last part, "must be 'cause they're not ..." and body-languaged being doped. Told me that yes, the public perception is that they're a bunch of hyped-up enhanced humans.
In the meantime, Barry Bonds is indisputably awash in drugs, yet no body cares, at least not in the Bay Area.
Certainly possible, but I think we would see slower speeds later in the race rather than the first week. The dope doesn't necessarily make the riders go faster, but allows them to recover quickly.

The initial slow pace has more to do with boredom than dope.
Reality is for people who can't handle drugs...
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