Fans can cheer, and jeer, riders easily. But where is the line crossed?
Tom Danielson keeps saying he reacted with the middle finger because he was out there “giving it his all”. Does giving it your all include taking drugs to get ahead? I’ve heard professionals argue that, under intense pressure of the pro peloton, taking drugs is something they felt they had to do to be competitive.
We get pissed off at high level executives that engage in shady business practices to get ahead. Why not professional athletes? If you are living the dream, and you cheat to get ahead, you deserve all of the wrath of those who are clean but are going to live their lives watching on the sidelines.
I believe in redemption, but you need some humility.