'So I asked, casually, if he’d ever tried blood doping': Katie Archibald column

'It’s not that I had such a loose grip on moral ethics that I thought cheating was OK, it’s simply that I was a moron'

Katie Archibald

Age 12, watching the 2006 Tour de France, my father explained blood doping to me. It’s an unfortunate part of the sport’s history that most of us know about but, at that age, I did not. Here was an opportunity for my dad to talk about the morals and values we all buy into when we enjoy sport.

Here was also an opportunity to explain a biological process. He could have done both, but never one to speak too emotively, he only explained the latter and how you could greatly increase your blood’s oxygen carrying capacity.

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