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Inga Benedict-Thompson has some info for you

It might not be news to you by now, since the gal with the waist-length braid who used to train by kicking butt in men's races has returned to explain her unusual exit from the sport in 1993 while she was still at the peak of her powers, but a couple of folks commented that this info should not just be a fanshot.

http://www.theouterline.com/perspectives-on-doping-in-pro-cycling-2-inga-thompson-5/

The short version: don't trust anyone who tells you that the "serious" doping only started in the 90s.

The interesting: She clobbered Jeannie Longo through the snow on the same day that Breukinck won the stage and lost the Giro over the Gavia. Like so many women cyclists, she's formidably educated and started off as a runner: went to Cal-Poly Obispo, studying engineering, running on scholarship. Quit, though, when coach tried to force a cortico-steroid injection on her for a persistent ankle injury. Went from novice racer to 1984 Olympic team in . . . oh . . . 6 races or so.

But beyond that, what's compelling to me is the reality that even given what Ms. Benedict-Thompson was run through, she still loves the sport enough to come back 20 years later--no gran fondo to promote, no book to sell, nada: a love for the sport and a persistent rage about how the sport has been run in the US since 1983.

She has more to say, and you can listen in to this radio show from last year featuring her, along with Karen Bliss, Joanne Kiesanowski, Meredith Miller, and Amber Pierce:

http://outspokencyclist.com/2013/08/show-156-august-17-2013/


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