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When it comes to drugs in sport, what matters is how the incentives are aligned: In some sports the temptations for the athletes are relatively slight. Premier League footballers might mess around more than they should with recreational drugs; but the use of performance- enhancing drugs is unlikely to be commonplace, since the skills required at the highest level in football are so various. The clearest evidence for this is the wide variety of body shapes you see in the top leagues.
Without them he would not have grown much above 4'7. He is also amazingly durable he has played the full ninety minutes in his last hundred appearances for Barcelona , which can be an effect of steroid use. In American football, by contrast, steroid abuse is almost certainly widespread. Here, being the right shape — big and strong — and having the ability to recover quickly from injuries are the primary requirements in many positions.
NFL players do not often fail drugs tests, but that does not mean the sport is clean. The clearest evidence for this is the brain damage we know is caused to American footballers by the repeated head trauma they undergo, which the helmets they wear do little to protect them from.
The people who run the sport have done next to nothing about that either. However, there has never been a sport where the incentives of the drug- takers and the drug- testers have been so out of kilter as in professional cycling during the Lance Armstrong era, which ran from the mid- 1. The temptation for the cyclists to cheat was almost irresistible, once it became clear that.
How large an advantage is open to dispute: Professional cyclists are already operating at much closer to maximum capacity than recreational riders, but even if EPO gave the top riders only a 5 per cent boost, that could be the difference, as Tyler Hamilton puts it,. In many ways the biggest difference is not between coming first and being in the pack, but between being in the pack and not being in the race at all.
Their job is to do the donkey work, protect their leader, chase down rivals and sacrifice themselves for the common good. It is often soul- destroying work; it can also be very well paid.
Tyler Hamilton started taking drugs, as he reveals in this gripping tell- all memoir, to give himself a shot at being part of a successful team. It meant the difference between scraping a living on the fringes of the circuit and becoming rich. Not Lance Armstrong rich; but non- sportsman rich. This is consistent with the evidence from other sports.
In baseball, for instance, studies suggest that the highest prevalence of steroid abuse is among players on the fringes of the major leagues. These are the guys with the most to lose by not taking drugs. It makes sense: Taking EPO was not without risks: It is not clear how many cyclists died of heart attacks in the experimental phase of the EPO era, during the late 1. Why would super- fit athletes take such insane risks with their health?
Part of the answer, as Hamilton explains, is that professional cycling is an inherently unhealthy sport. It is, to start with, extremely dangerous: Then there is the need to eat the bare minimum consistent with surviving the demands of a long race.
Along with having thick blood, the other crucial requirement for a Tour de France rider is to be extremely thin. Hamilton says that during his doping years he also had a borderline eating disorder, which meant he spent far more time thinking about the food he was keeping out of his body than he did about the drugs he was putting in. The truth is that long- distance road racers only feel healthy when they are on their bikes: They are achy, wheezy, bent up; they walk like old men; they sit when other people are standing, and they lie down when other people are sitting.
When Hamilton was at the height of his cycling powers, he infuriated his wife by being unable even to take a short walk with her to the shops: The other thing cyclists need is an extraordinary tolerance for pain.
That, in many ways, is what the competition is about: Tour de France despite having fractured his collarbone in a crash. The pain was so bad that he ended up grinding his teeth down to stumps. But he got to the finish, eventually placing fourth overall, and he even managed to win one of the most arduous mountain stages. But just weeks after Hamilton reached his own personal pinnacle—winning the gold medal at the Olympics—his career came to a sudden, ignominious end: He was found guilty of doping and exiled from the sport.
In the mids, the advent of a powerful new blood-boosting drug called EPO reshaped the world of cycling, and a relentless, win-at-any-cost ethos took root. For the first time ever, Hamilton recounts his own battle with clinical depression, speaks frankly about the agonizing choices that go along with the decision to compete at a world-class level, and tells the story of his complicated relationship with Lance Armstrong.
A journey into the heart of a never-before-seen world, The Secret Race is a riveting, courageous act of witness from a man who is as determined to reveal the hard truth about his sport as he once was to win the Tour de France. Includes an audio exclusive introduction from Tyler Hamilton. A Season in the… More about Daniel Coyle.
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