Every time Chris Horner takes a doping control test, he’s nervous.
Not because Horner’s a cheat, he says, but because he cannot possibly know what exactly goes into his body. Is that a surprise?
“During this Tour de France, I probably took 30 Cokes and 30 bottles from guys on the side of the road that I don’t have any idea who they are. And I drank them anyways,” Horner said, sitting on the road after the mountaintop finish of stage 17.
“The very, very best riders in the Tour? They don’t have to do that because they’re not suffering that bad. Away from the top five? After the top-five best climbers, maybe the top-three best climbers, then we have to take what we can get sometimes. Sometimes it comes from the guy on the side of the road. You saw where they throw tacks on the side of the road, so they could easily put something in a bottle for sure.”
Photo: Dana Gardner