Wednesday, October 6, 2010

DOPE(S) IN CYCLING

The ranks of professional cycling are a lot like a prison population - nobody's guilty and everyone got railroaded. The latest self-declared innocent victim of circumstance is 2010 Tour de France winner Alberto Contador, who continues to deny allegations of cheating despite mounting evidence to the contrary. A week after he was suspended for a urine sample that showed traces of a banned drug which Contador blamed on contaminated beef , a second sample has reportedly revealed abnormally high levels of plastic residues commonly associated with illegal blood doping - no doubt the result of Contador unwittingly consuming contaminated Lego.
Is there anyone left who believes these guys? Floyd Landis spent nearly four years vigorously denying doping allegations before finally coming clean and admitting he cheated to win the 2006 Tour de France. While he was at it, Landis threw seven-time Tour winner Lance Armstrong under the bus, although Armstrong is still officially clean despite persistent allegations of cheating. No matter. The documented history of doping in cycling is so vast and detailed that a positive test isn't so much a scandal as it is a footnote.

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