Based on recent comments from the success of a former suspended rider for doping it appears that many riders would like to see bans on dopers to be for life. Some say that once a doper - always a doper. Sounds like once they are tagged with this offense they cannot escape its stain and are considered a branded man by the peloton.
But why just doping? Why is this rule so terrible at the amateur level as compared to a racer purposely taking another rider out? What is it about doping that gets everyone so upset? And EPO for that, don't some of you find it odd how so many racers have asthma inhalants at a race? For pros I get it, it's their money and jobs they are stealing but the racer who takes me out because he's tired of me braking in the corners and leaves me with no skin on my right side can easily re-enter the peloton with little problem?
I want to be clear on this, this is about the concept of the offense and the rule not about an individual.