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Les Deux Visages Du Tour De France

Published on 7/20/2015
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Les Deux Visages Du Tour De France” is an original copyrighted WakeUp2Wealth Press Releases written by Tom Riach (that's me above) from my home in the sunny south of Portugal.

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When Stephen Roche collapsed just past the stage finish line atop La Plagne in the 1987 Tour de France after a soul flaying effort of epic proportions, he was so far 'gone' that he required oxygen to facilitate recovery. That is what cycling flat out for prolonged periods up a very steep mountainside does to even a hardened athlete. Or at least that's what it used to do. Then along came *serious doping …

Fourteen years later in 2001 spectators on the most brutal section of Mont Ventoux (scene of Eddy Merckx also requiring an oxygen aided recovery while winning in 1970) watched Lance Armstrong breeze up the 12% incline without even the slightest sign of suffering. Much was made at the time of his supposed superior ability, greater stamina, more dedicated training, modern coaching methods, uncorruptability and having the strongest team of support riders. Also the fact that he had been and could be subjected to any test. This smoke screen of  denial, lies and waffle hid from the sight of many who should have known better that what they had just witnessed was more than just super human, it was downright impossible!

David Walsh, sports writer of the Sunday Times was never duped. When I met him in 2002 he was adamant that Armstrong cheated and cited the above points among others. Walsh pursued his belief doggedly and he was of course proved right. His many articles and the book he wrote about Armstrong were largely instrumental in exposing the cheat.

Now fast forward another fourteen years to this year's 2015 Tour and we are hearing the same old story of - superior ability, greater stamina, more dedicated training, modern coaching methods, having the strongest team of support riders, uncorruptability, subject to any test etc. – regarding another rider, Chris Froome who, on the climb to La Pierre Saint-Martin broke so far clear of the field and in such a manner as to rekindle images of Armstrong and, leaving all struggling in his wake, sallied to the summit without breaking sweat. Most tellingly, his face throughout showed not a hint of stress, only the blank stare of concentration.

Compare that with Joaquim Rodriguez who, two days later, likewise made a solo break for glory, this time on the climb to Plateau de Beille. Unlike Froome, the pain of his effort was apparent for all to see, the enthralled throng of spectators able to feel and share his every strength-sapping pedal turn. Real suffering was burned deep in his eyes and his excruciating climb to victory visibly drained him physically and emotionally.

The comparison between the levels of stress displayed by the two cyclists, Froome and Rodriguez, in their respective mountain assaults was every bit as marked as the difference between the reaction to their efforts of Roche and Armstrong ... but unfortunately the conclusion to be arrived at is the same. One was reacting as one would expect to be the case from a man cycling flat out for a prolonged period up a very steep mountainside. The reaction of the other wasn't just super human, it was downright impossible!

* By serious doping I mean the advent of EPO blood-doping, testosterone and steroids. Athletes operating at the outer extremities of endurance have always sought ways to enhance performance. In the earlier part of the last century strychnine (yes strychnine)! and red wine were the stimulants of choice, later on amphetamine use became the norm. But the athletes are also targeted as experimental subjects by those developing and hoping to profit from new products and procedures. So add to the mix the big money to be made and it's easy to see how corruption can – and does – thrive.

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Les Deux Visages Du Tour De France

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is an original copyrighted Tom Riach press release, short and to the point. I hope you enjoyed reading about “Les Deux Visages Du Tour De France and found it informative/entertaining. To learn more or to get in touch with me please visit me on my website at WAKE UP 2 WEALTH.

See you there! Regards, Tom.

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