Drugs use in cycle sport is as old as the sport itself if stories of early classics and tours are to be believed.
As as an exstreeme endurance test the Tour De france in particuler is an event where the effects have been shown to have a detrimental effect on a riders well being to such an exstent that life exspectancy is slightly reduced.
I find myself asking, perhaps here is , at least in part, one reason pro sport has the drug problem.
Perhaps,in remaining true to the 3 weeks format of the tdf it condemened it to be the most drug addled of races in many case`s merely to get through it.
As well as the several hours a day in the saddle the professional peloton has to endure levals of noise and commotion at the begining and end of each stage that would drive most people to distraction.
A typical days food intake is two to three times the average calorie intake and the enjoyment of food is largely replaced with a "fueling" mentality.
Add the travelling, the living out of a suitcase,the missing of family, the constant knowlege that your only as good as your last season in terms of employability and the presures to abuse mount.
Another...and at the winners leval, a differant set of presures is the fact that road cycling,as an endurance sport lends itself to the "benifits" of doping at a greater % of noticable differance. When your talking multi million pound contracts and whole teams of peoples living then the presures on team leaders are not something the average joe can very well understand.
Obviously no one holds a gun to any ones head and ultimatly a rider carries the can when caught but consider the age of the average pro, the brevity of the average pro career and difficulty of the task we exspect of them (tdf in particular) and perhaps we get what we deserve?