Excuse me, that's Tour de France, not "Tour de Farce". The slanted, critical articles and cartoon are not fair to the sport or the majority of athletes that participate in this great event.
Granted, I am angry and disappointed when I see that a great performance that excited me has been falsely obtained due to the use of illegal blood transfusions or stimulants. It really burns me that a very few idiots have selfishly and desparately enhanced their performance, at the cost of their own integrity, the welfare of their team mates and the reputation of the sport.
The point that the authors of these articles and cartoons is missing is that cycling has been trying hard to clean up the sport, particularly since Floyd Landis was caught after winning the Tour last year. Teams and sponsors have been pulling-out or demanding a clean sport, and it has been working. Apparently a few have not gotten the message.
The real issue here is that cycling is doing something about the drug problem. The increased and improved testing is actually getting results. Offenders are being caught and punished, and that is why it is in the news so much. That is more than you can say about professional football, baseball, basketball and hockey. If they started doing the same intensive testing as cycling, these other Pro sports would be lucky to have enough guys to field a team!
These so-called "sports" in North America are morally bankrupt in this regard and the people in charge do not want to know about the illegal use of drugs, nor do the "fans". They hang one scapegoat out to dry now and then, to make it look like they're trying, then it is back to business as usual. It's all about money and they won't risk that to catch cheaters. At least Pro Cycling has the guts to do it and risk some bad press to clean-up their sport.
Posted at 10:35 am by Graeme_MacKay