A short thing, no big deal but I missed Eugenio Capodacqua’s interview with Vincenzo Nibali in La Repubblica from last September.
The journalist brings up the subject of doping and Nibali explains the influence of his family. His father would drive him around Italy to take part in races, often sleeping overnight in their small car and later his parents sacrificed a lot of money to pay for him to move from Sicily to Tuscany in order to race at a higher level. Reflecting on this, Nibali said:
I’d feel like a worm to betray the trust of my father. I wouldn’t be able to face my parents. If you have the right qualities and the will to make sacrifices, you don’t need anything else.
Now the cynics around, including myself, might say words come cheap. But invoking your family is a different method to the “I’ve never tested positive” line or even “next question please“.
Yes it’s no guarantee. But if there’s a kid out there with a poster of the Sicilian on his bedroom wall, at least there are some words to reinforce the message of doing it right. Others starting the Giro struggle to speak out.