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Tour du Dopage: Confessions of doping professional cyclists in a modern work environment

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posted on 16.04.2015, 08:55 by Charlotte V. L. Smith
Despite widespread condemnation of drug use in sport, recent flurries of riders’ confessions have emphasized the normalization and omnipresence of doping within cycling. This has particularly occurred since the Festina affair in 1998, and Lance Armstrong’s confession about drug use in 2012. Whilst there is an array of reasons for cyclists’ doping, little is known about how this is understood in relation to their performances. This paper addresses this by analyzing 112 doping cyclists’ confessions, adopting an interactionist perspective on deviance and a position of ‘sport as work’. Findings show how doping is legitimated by cyclists on three levels of their performance. These include maintaining their performance to themselves, presenting their performance to their team and supporting the grand spectacle of cycling. It is concluded that doping becomes a form of ‘performance egoism’ that allows cyclists to legitimate their performances.

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Citation

International Review for the Sociology of Sport, 2017, Vol. 52(1) 97–111

Author affiliation

/Organisation/COLLEGE OF SOCIAL SCIENCE/School of Management

Version

AM (Accepted Manuscript)

Published in

International Review for the Sociology of Sport

Publisher

SAGE Publications (UK and US) , International Sociology of Sport Association (ISSA)

issn

1012-6902

eissn

1461-7218

Copyright date

2015

Available date

16/04/2015

Publisher version

http://irs.sagepub.com/content/early/2015/03/02/1012690215572855

Editors

Wenner, L.

Language

en

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