Re: Tour de France 2007 winner
Pro Cycling must get its house in order or sponsors will walk away and it will die. The sooner certain stupid riders realise this, the better. And yes, there are many of them. All this crap about 'Joe Bloggs is taking stuff, I need to be on a level playing field' just won't wash any more. There is a changing environment but there will be many more shocks yet. It's like drink driving, it was accepted for years, not everyone did it but a blind eye was turned. Now, if you see someone drinking too much and you know they are going to get in their car, you tell them you are going to phone the Police. If they do, you do phone the Police! That's what Cycling, what any sport needs, zero tolerance.
There has been a big anti-doping operation in Spain, Operation Puerto. About 400 blood samples were found, held under code names. half of them were cyclists, half of them were Pro Circuit Tennis players, Footballers, Runners etc. There were arrests of the cyclists and they are being dealt with by the UCI and National Governing Bodies, bit by bit. All the other Sportspeople have been left untouched. That tells you something. Doping is endemic and it needs to be stamped out. Gary Player's Human Growth Hormone revelations about abuse in Golf have come as a big shock. It's seen as a 'lifestyle drug' and it has got in through the back door into Golf.
You'll never stop it entirely, in much the same way as you'll never stop murder, even in countries with the death penalty. But if the punishments are severe enough, the vast majority of people won't do it. It needs determination from sportspeople, sports teams and the governing bodies of those sports.
Getting back to the Poll though!... a very open race this year, hopefully not just who's taking the most stuff either...Contador or Valverde.