His 'club' is littered with top class Kenyans who are going to pace him every time he goes out, Alberto Salazar is going to be the resident coach, a top nutritionist will resolve his addiction to crisps and Dr Steve Peters will help him make his beleife as strong as iron.............
SideBurn, you're absolutely right in what you say. I don't know if you have read David Millar's book, what comes through so strongly is that sense that he cheated himself and that he never actually tested his own potential.
People have been caught doping in the larger sportives, so who knows what you could find if you looked hard enough.
SideBurn, I agree that anyone who stayed clean like Bassons and like Chris Boardman (I would literally stop cycling if Chris Boardman had doped) should be applauded and held in the highest esteem. I don't believe that Rasmussen or anyone else who doped should be held up as a role model, but to ignore the circumstances in which the drug taking occurred is to miss the point. Drug taking had been endemic in cycling for decades before Rasmussen and the great Satan came onto the scene and many of the greatest cyclists of all time have admitted doping.
It is well known that the effects of drugs are not a level playing field, this is the best counter argument to the 'let them use whatever they want argument'. Having used that logic, there is no way of knowing whether Rasmussen was actually a strong responder.
Unfortunately, it will always be a battle between the cheats and the testers, since the potential prizes are huge. In theory, the number of cheats should decrease over time as testing improves, penalties are more punitive and the relative cost of 'undetectable' methods increases. It would be ironic if cost became the most effective weapon in the fight against doping.