Bernard Kohl, Tour de France and Everest: “It’s just not possible.”

Kohl. Le Tour de France via Mount Everest.

It’s just not possible.

Not possible to win the Tour de France just drinking mineral water, downing a hundred Clif bars and a ton of spaghetti and meatballs. No doping, no podium in Paris.

We’ve heard that so many times before that it’s a cycling mantra, a doping nursery rhyme. Jacques Anquetil, the first man to win five Tour de Frances once said “leave me in peace. Everyone dopes.”

Laurent Fignon, a two time winner, said before his death in August that he was sure the doping products he’d taken had contributed his cancers. Rest in peace, Laurent.

So it goes and it only takes a quick look at the top ten in any grand tour to see how deep the problem runs. From Pantani to Heras to Sevilla to Landis to Valverde to Di Luca to Schumacher to Rassmussen to Ricarrdo Ricco to Mosquera to, very possibly, Alberto Contador. Anquetil pours another glass of champagne and laughs, “leave us in peace.”


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