I was planning on remaining silent about Le Tour. I have watched bits of it here and there, and have been enjoying it. Then the news of Vino failing a blood test broke this morning.
Are any of us surprised?
It’s the second positive test in this tour, and along with speculation about Rasmussen, the race has become what everyone thought it would be. A joker parade full of cheaters and liars.
At least that is how the general public sees it.
I read this ridiculous quote this morning, before the Vino story broke, in regards to Rasmussen:
“With all this speculation around him it would be better if somebody else were to win,” UCI chief Pat McQuaid told The Associated Press on Monday. “The last thing this sport needs is more speculation about doping.”
McQuaid added, however, that the Danish rider has “broken no rules, so from that point of view … you have to give him the benefit of the doubt.”
The benefit of the doubt? So giving him the benefit of the doubt, is hoping someone else wins. Why are the people who govern the sport so idiotic? Why are they good at only saying stupid, unprovoked comments, that do nothing in helping the image of the sport?
Despite the idiocy of the suits, nothing seems to compare to the outright arrogant invincibility of the riders themselves. What would motivate Vino to blood dope, after going down with the ship last year, he comes back triumphant in ’07, a race favorite, both on the road and off it. And he cheats.
To what end?
The end of the sport if this goes on much longer.
Sponsors are going to pull their money out of the teams, the races, and the riders. What’s left? a bunch of skinny Euro’s with nothing to do but sit in a pub and talk about what could have been…
I found these two headlines to be just priceless. Posted within 24 hours of each other:
I guess most of all I am disappointed in what the Tour is today. Cheating has always been a part of Pro Cycling. But now it seems, that cheating is defining Pro Cycling. What do people remember about last year? The great Landis ride in stage 17? No, they remember the doping allegations.
What will they remember this year? The spectacular climbing of Rasmussen? The numerous crashes early on? The Aussie bad luck? The return of Iban Mayo?
Thanks Vino. Thanks for assuring another year of post race garbage.