People do make mistakes and I think they should be punished. But they should be forgiven and given the opportunity for a second chance. We are human beings.
The sky was falling down on me and I spent most of the time drunk. It was the only way I could handle it.
There will always be cheaters. It is human nature. It will never be 100 percent clean, in any sport.
But human nature dictates that there will always be cheaters. That's inevitable. Where there's money involved and glory, there are going to be people that cheat, and there will always be ways to cheat.
In Italy it's full-on stardom when you're a cyclist - eating in restaurants for free, it's great.
I shave my legs twice a week. It's hard the first time you do it. But I'm very lazy. For a team photo in December I just did the fronts.
The first time I rode a bike I was four or five. I crashed into the back of a car.
In fact cycling has always been 'saved' by judicial investigations and not by the anti-doping controls we put in place. That's the harsh truth. We have relied on them to clean the sport up.
My epiphany came in that police cell: I realised I was about to lose everything and it didn't bother me, not in the slightest. I'd come to hate cycling because I blamed it for the lie I was living.
Often the best guys are just those that can suffer longer, who don't give up. And it's so easy to give up, when you're on a mountain and it's really hurting. We go through a lot physically.
Cycling is based so much on form, on aesthetics, on class - the way you carry yourself on the bike, the sort of technique you have.
I'm an accumulation of every single thing I've done, good and bad.
Survival is the main objective. There are going to be some awful days, I know that from my background in the sport.
I think cycling has always had a tradition of being a bit dapper, especially back in the day.
I think if I get the training spot on, the equipment perfect and I'm in the right state of mind, I can get a result there from no competitive action.
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