“The list” 2

June 7, 2011

Came across this article from Velonews. One piece of logic really stood out. Here it is in short.

  1. We make a list where we rank our suspicions on how clean riders are from 0 to 10
  2. We give most of the riders low scores (0-4)
  3. When the list leaks, we point to it and say: “Look, most riders have low scores, this proves that our efforts against doping are working and most riders are clean.
  4. Um, I had a point 4 that once again reiterated how crazy this logic is, but I don’t think it’s necessary.
Don’t get me wrong, I am 100% convinced that the peloton has cleaned up a lot, thanks mostly to a change in rider attitude. But arbitrary numbers that happen to be low don’t make it so. Why were they low anyway?

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