An inquiry by the French Senate led to a damning 918-page report being released this week. Among the findings: the top two finishers in the 1998 Tour de France, Marco Pantani and Jan Ullrich, both took an illegal blood booster called EPO.
The information isn’t exactly shocking to anyone interested in cycling, and it is definitely not surprising to American Lance Armstrong, the poster-child of blooding doping: “I am not surprised. As I have said, it was an unfortunate era for all of us and virtually all of us broke the rules, and lied about it” (Reuters).
Back in January of this year, Armstrong famously admitted to using performance-enhancing drugs during his incredible run of Tour de France victories from 1999-2005. The disgraced rider is now calling for the world of cycling to come together to address its doping problem in a “collective and co-operative manner.” However, he was a bit reluctant to say that the French Senate’s report would have a positive impact: “I’d like to think that there is some good in all this but from my perspective, sitting here today, there has been nothing but damage done to the sport.”