maquisard wrote:I also find the vitriol directed towards Pantani to be very distasteful. Like it or not the guy was mentally vulnerable and found himself in the doping era of 90's and 00's cycling. Where as the likes of Armstrong exploited the culture in the 90's, others like Pantani and Vandenbroucke were victims of it.
I will never forget watching some of Pantani's exploits in the Giro or the '98 Tour. We celebrate dopers like Tommy Simpson but are not allowed to do the same for Pantani, hypocrisy at it's worst.
indigo wrote:Pretty shocked by the ignorance and vitriol directed at Pantani and the Giro, especially here.
Great commentary - I completely agree with this side but understand the optics are difficult for some.
Sad to see people reducing complex issues to black and white and treating these guys like murderers. If you want to simplify it how about this: Pantani, Jimenez and VDB's were all young men who did nothing different from many of our 'heros' of the era yet died young because they were caught. I am not condoning doping, but no one deserves even close to what they went through for cheating in sport.