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The doping test. Sociology of professional cycling

Book

French

ID: <10670/1.h6ogek>

Abstract

From professional cycling in the years 1980-2000, the scandals are first mentioned, without knowing the exact role played by doping in cyclists’ professional culture. The authors’ intention is not to denounce pharmacological runners, nor to justify doping, but to take a sociological view of a consistent practice in this professional environment. This book looks at the actors and institutions which, by setting doping standards, transform the conditions for this profession, and shows the first initiatives, from the first competitions to entry into the professional environment. On the basis of cyclist stories, the authors identify the stages of a career as physical as well as moral and show that the dynamics of the profession are escaping cyclists. This depends on the regulatory framework imposed on runners, on the structure of the market and on individual routes.

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