Women’s Biking Movie Ranking: five / 5
Disgraced American cyclist Lance Armstrong who has been banned for life from professional tracks given the doping charges, claimed that doping was unstoppable in 1990s. Armstrong had also been ripped off his 7 Tour France titles by USADA.
According to the American rider, the leading sports authorities were incompetent to prevent doping in 1990s. “They couldn’t do anything- just like the IAAF head couldn’t do anything & the FINA head couldn’t do anything. They just didn’t have the needed equipments until maybe ten years later”, remarked Armstrong while explaining the incompetency of the sports authorities to stop doping in 1990s.
Armstrong came public about his performance-enhancing drug consumption is popular talk show hosted by Oprah Winfrey this year in January. In the interview he admitted about his significant role in a highly sophisticated dope conspiracy. The disgraced cyclist counted on the banned EPO drug that couldn’t be detected till a revolutionary test in the year 2000.
“We could not move to high-octane in 1994. We just had to suffer all through the year. Thus, the next year we planned to take the further step”, stated the American cyclist while citing the reasons that compelled him to take to the banned performance enhancing drugs.
“It is not my way to name the names but we made the decision together. The older riders knew that and we had to seek help from team doctor- yet all of them bypassed any consequences. Completely”, commented Armstrong stressing on a generalized consent behind his dope consumptions.
The International Cycling Union President Brian Cookson has recently reported of his keenness in working with Armstrong in UCI’s endeavor to introduce independent investigation on doping. The newly elected UCI chief has founded a Truth & Reconciliation Commission that will look after the doping inquiries independently. Armstrong has already expressed his willingness in helping the Commission where he might need to open up about his doping activities.
Women’s Cycling Movie Score: one / 5
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Andy Schleck is raring to rebound in the year 2014 along with his brother Frank. The 2010 Tour de France champion had an awful year plagued by injuries. He was the darling of the USA Pro challenge crowd and one of the hot favorite to win the event. The Luxembourger was forced out of the Tour Down under in the last stages with a mechanical failure and he was placed last. In the Gran Premio Citta di Camaiore in Italy he was at the 91st place and he withdrew from the Tour of Oman and Tirreno Adriatico. His other participations were also equally bad, at Criterium International he finished 57th and pulled out from Amstel Gold Race. Schleck was an 86th place in La Fleche Wallonne and finished 41st at the Liege-Bastogne-Liege event.
However things are looking better for him now and he achieved the best result of the year in Tour de France where he finished 20th. He started it with a good preparation at Tour de Suisse where he stood at the 40th place and paved the way for a better performance at Tour de France. When he was told by the announcer of the race that he had not written him off he replied that many thought he was a spent force. He further elaborated that next year will give him a new start with his brother on his side and that he liked the American teammate Ben king to be with him.
Brother Frank will be in action next year after a yearlong doping suspension. Schleck is preparing for a late season and goal and he is using the USA Pro as a part of rebuilding. He told the VeloNews that he had a dream of finishing the season with a good result and that would be the Giro di Lombardia in October.
Helmets have considerably led to a fall in head injuries over the recent years, although researchers are of the view that efficient infrastructure and improved pavements appears to be more effective. British Medical Journal(BMJ) published a recent study stating that the compulsory laws regarding helmets that was introduced in parts of Canada had minimal consequence as far as admissions in the hospitals was concerned in relation to the head injuries.
A PhD candidate at the University of Toronto, named Jessica Dennis is of the opinion that there was a sharp decrease in the rate of head injuries, long before the legislation was introduced and that the rate of abatement has got nothing to do with the law.
In the middle of 1994 and 2008, almost every cycling injury that has caused admissions in the hospital was studied. The number of cycling injuries was reported to be 66,716 in Canada during that period. The rate of injuries fell between 1994 and 2003 by 54.0 percent especially in provinces with strict helmet legislation. While, on the other hand, the rate of head injuries fell by only 33.1 percent in areas without helmet laws.
Although in Australia, every cyclist has to wear a helmet and that includes the adults as well. Whereas in Canada, the law prevails in accordance with the provinces. The recent academic study by the BMJ is the most talked about contributions in Australia and Canada who have such laws. Provinces of Nova Scotia, New Brunswick and British Columbia had introduced laws that required cyclists under the age of 18 to wear helmets. This law was passed in between 1995 and 1997. United Kingdom up till now is free of this law requiring compulsory helmets and does not plan on inculcating any legislation as this in the near future.