Whilst everyone is entitled to a second or even a third chance, sport is a cruel place. If you can’t compete, you’re out.
|Looking at the past
So I’m left surprised when I read about the likes of Rasmussen and Rebellin. Both these two riders have been busted for doping but they also share another thing: age. The Dane is 36 and the Italian is 39.
Any team thinking about hiring a rider in this case needs to think carefully, after all if the rider in question was delivering results thanks to doping, how can they return and deliver results when clean? Also, how can such an old rider make a comeback. Even in younger cases like Ivan Basso, it took the best part of a full season for the rider to get back, replicating racing in training simply does not work as well. Rebellin will be 40 soon.
At the same time today I read that talented riders Paul Voss and Alexander Wetterhall are headed for Endura Racing. It’s great to hear these guys have a ride but let’s be frank, Endura isn’t the big league. Something is not right when young talent struggles to find a job yet Rebellin claims to be browsing job offers.
Clearly 2011 will begin with many neo-pros in the bunch but at the same time, any team that considers hiring a rider in their late thirties with a history of doping is sending a loud signal about their view of the sport.