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You can’t buy something you aren’t. 
On fixing results in cycling

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dc.contributor.author Vest Christiansen, Ask
dc.contributor.author Wang Hjørngard, Martin
dc.date.accessioned 2021-12-20T15:05:23Z
dc.date.available 2021-12-20T15:05:23Z
dc.date.issued 2013
dc.identifier http://www.raco.cat/index.php/FairPlay/article/view/269794
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10230/21200
dc.description.abstract Wind resistance is the primary external factor teams organise themselves around in cycling. In order to share this burden, members of opposing teams often cooperate, e.g. to secure the existence of a breakaway. To avoid free-riders the riders in question form a tacit social contract on sharing the work-load. Taking its point of departure in qualitative interviews with Danish elite cyclists, this study demonstrates how the social contract sometimes becomes explicit, and riders form an agreement of the podium placing in the final breakaway before they arrive at the finish line. This study examines riders' explanations of and attitudes to such agreements and discusses to what extent they should be regarded as match-fixing. While the available evidence suggests that the agreements are best understood as an integrated element of cycling culture with a purpose of upholding a certain social order, this study also demonstrates how the social contract and the accompanying agreements imply corruption in the sport of cycling, if only in germ form. On this basis, the study concludes that it is only the sport's culture and individual riders' self-discipline that can protect cycling from real corruption.
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dc.language.iso cat
dc.publisher Universitat Pompeu Fabra
dc.relation.haspart http://www.raco.cat/index.php/FairPlay/article/view/269794/357335
dc.source.uri FairPlay, Revista de Filosofia, Ética y Derecho del Deporte; Núm. 2 (2013); 64-84
dc.source.uri FairPlay, Revista de Filosofia, Ética y Derecho del Deporte; Núm. 2 (2013); 64-84
dc.source.uri 2014-9255
dc.subject.other agreements
dc.subject.other cooperation
dc.subject.other reciprocal altruism
dc.subject.other sporting ethos
dc.subject.other socialisation
dc.subject.other corruption
dc.title You can’t buy something you aren’t. 
On fixing results in cycling
dc.type info:eu-repo/semantics/article
dc.type info:eu-repo/semantics/publishedVersion
dc.date.modified 2019-11-20T12:55:07Z


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