Ethics, Doping, and the Future of Cycling with cyclist Greg LeMond.
Greg LeMond has long been a critic of doping in cycling. During 2007, he played an unexpected role in the international arbitration hearing that eventually decided American cyclist Floyd Landis should forfeit his 2006 Tour de France title due to testing that found abnormally high levels of testosterone. LeMond testified that he had spoken with Landis after his "A" urine sample had tested positive, urging him that if his "B" sample was also positive, he should come clean, help his sport, and "more importantly, help himself." Before his testimony, LeMond had been threatened by Landis' manager.
The doping problem has been most public in the Tour de France - two stage winners of the 2007 Tour withdrew from the race amid doping allegations - but its influence is so pervasive that T-Mobile recently withdrew its sponsorship of a professional cycling team, stating that the company did not want to associate its brand with doping.
In the face of such problems, how can cycling restore its integrity and have a vital future? LeMond will speak about why cyclists resort to doping and about what cycling should do as it looks to the future- Santa Clara University
As director of campus ethics programs at Santa Clara University, David DeCosse coordinates all of the Center's programs for faculty, staff and students, including Ethics at Noon, the Regan Lectures, and the Hackworth fellowships. Formerly the newsroom manager of Ascribe Newswire, DeCosse began his career as a reporter in New York state.
Gwen Knapp is a staff writer for the sports section of the San Francisco Chronicle.
Greg LeMond is a former professional road bicycle racer from the United States and a three time winner of the Tour de France in 1986, 1989, and 1990.
Three time Tour de France champion Greg LeMond discusses the pressure to win at all costs in the world of professional cycling. He tells the story of a former teammate whose use of performance enhancing drugs led to his death from a heart attack.
Use of the bicycle in competitive sport or in recreation. The classic professional races are held mainly in Europe; the first was held in Paris in 1868. There are basically two types of race: road races and track races. The first U.S. cycling competition, a six-day race, was held in 1891. Six-day racing was reintroduced to Europe as a two-man team event in the 20th century, but it has largely died out in the U.S. The first Tour de France, the premier race, was held in 1903. Cycling has been part of the Olympics since the first modern games in 1896. Events include a variety of open-road and circuit races for both men and women.
Landis sounds poor in every interview. There's two sides to every story, but LeMond is not programmed. Lance sounds like he's putting on a political front, and never digging deep into what he'd really like to say.
Greg was the guy when I was young. He is certainly the most charismatic athelete ever in US cycling. It was great to see him. He has principals. He will never shut up. Thanks for those great Tours Greg.