Phil Gaimon releases statement on motor doping controversy
He claims no revelations or proof that Cancellara motor doped, so he doesn't see it being "taken off the shelves"
In "Draft Animals," I repeated a rumor that's well-documented and many years old, and I presented it as such. I stand by my opinion, but it's exactly that, and anyone who actually opened the book would know that what I said was far from an "accusation." Put a gun to my head and that's what I believe so I'd be a liar if I left it out, but I claim no revelations or proof, so I don't see it being "taken off the shelves" except by the folks buying it.
Ironically, that part in the book is dismissing conspiracy theories about motors today as clickbait, and it's now been turned into clickbait.
My friendship with Tom Danielson is a big part of the story, so usually when I get hate mail, it's calling me a hypocrite for not being enough of a "doper hater." I didn't expect this to be pulled out of context or turned into mudslinging, and I'm sorry for anyone who's wasted time or energy on it. That's not how I wanted to sell books, and it's not worth this headache. There were some things I had to get off my chest and some tough times to share to give a picture of the sport as I experienced it, but if a juicy tell-all is what you're looking for, don't bother buying it. I don't reference any scandal you haven't heard before, and I'll probably show empathy towards dopers that you want me to hate. I expect that type of reader will be disappointed.
The story I want to tell is about what it means to follow a dream to the bitter end--how hard I worked, how good I had to get and what I chose to put myself through, ultimately to suck at the highest level of cycling and make peace with it. It's my truth and it's the best I could do and I put a lot of time and emotion into it, but my opinions aren't always popular, which I understand will make some people angry. I hope a few of you will read past the noise and enjoy "Draft Animals" for what it is.
As always, shoutout to everyone who gets it, everyone who takes the time to read the book (instead of a sentence that someone tweeted) before they judge, and I'm going for a bike ride.
About Draft Animals
Like countless other kids, Phil Gaimon grew up dreaming of being a professional athlete. But unlike countless other kids, he actually pulled it off. After years of amateur races, hard training, living out of a suitcase, and never taking “no” for an answer, he finally achieved his goal and signed a contract to race professionally on one of the best teams in the world.
Now, Gaimon pulls back the curtain on the WorldTour, cycling’s highest level. He takes readers along for his seasons in Europe, covering everything from rabid, water-bottle-stealing Belgian fans, to contract renewals, to riding in poisonous smog, to making friends in a sport plagued by doping. Draft Animals reveals a story as much about bike racing as it is about the never-ending ladder of achieving goals, failure, and finding happiness if you land somewhere in-between.
The book has launched with a great review from Sports Illustrated.