Doping: Vaughters and Garmin Edition

We cannot change what happened in the past. But we believe it is time for transparency.
We expect anyone in our organization who is contacted by any cycling, anti-doping, or government authority will be open and honest with that authority. In that context, we expect nothing short of 100% truthfulness – whatever that truth is – to the questions they are asked. As long as they express the truth about the past to the appropriate parties, they will continue to have a place in our organization and we will support them for living up to the promise we gave the world when we founded Slipstream Sports.

It’s been pretty cycling/doping/Landis/Armstrong-heavy here on BB, but I really do believe this is a pivotal, potentially watershed, moment for pro cycling.

I feel bad for Vaughters and Garmin/Slipstream in this case. Vaughters has not tried to really hide his own doping during one part of his career, but now he has to walk this fine line between taking a hard line against doping now and not sounding like a liar/hypocrite. Yet, the only way he, thus far, could hope to keep Garmin doing is by not directly addressing his own guilt with respect to doping.

I would hope that the Landis Affair might open up the space needed for guys like Vaughters to come clean but in a serious, non-moralistic or non-absolutist way. Of course a bunch of American douchebag fans will still yell that anyone who ever doped should never be let back in….but what do these morons expect? It is only those who have actually confronted the reality of pro cycling and ALL of its cultural practices who can be expected to come up with realistic solutions to the sport’s problems (if we think of doping as a “problem” – and I’m not necessarily convinced we need to do that).