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David Millar's current line of defense,
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Rezension bezieht sich auf: Racing Through the Dark (Taschenbuch)
I've read the book from cover to cover and I really liked reading it. The book was written before the USADA report on the Lance Armstrong scandal. As such it gives insights into the doping culture in modern pro cycling. Being a cycling enthusiast, I am grateful for this.
However, there remain unanswered questions. Clearly, David Millar (DM) does not reveal all that he knows. First, he uses pseudonyms to keep some of the key persons incognito (it wasn't difficult, though, to conclude that "L'Equipier" relates to Massimiliano Lelli). More serious, there remain doubts whether he is really fully open about his past doping practice. For instance, DM claims that he never doped in France but all the doping had taken place in Italy or Spain. This is strange: Having had his house and center of living in France, why did DM behave that complicated? Related, DM leaves no doubt that the Tour de France was the most important event. Once having decided to dope, why not at the Tour de France but only at the Vuelta? What is the logic? Finally, DM claims that he decided to stop doping even before he was caught. He claims the two syringes that were found in his house were just "souvenirs". After the Festina scandal, even outsiders know that the French police executes search warrants. So why should a reader not believe that he was caught in the act?
I know that you shouldn't accuse athletes for doping if you don't have a proof. However, a really "good" book would leave no open questions.