Tour de Lance-less is Cancelled!
Yes folks, you heard it here first at Roadcycling.com.
Yes folks, you heard it here first at Roadcycling.com. Anyone who knows me will certainly believe I am the most serious, sarcasmless writer out there. I don?t even use made up words. Please read what I feel is my best fiction yet. I?ll get to the details later but the bottom line is nobody else wanted to or could win the 2006 Tour de France. <?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office" /?>
The cancellation announcement was made at Dr. Eufemiano Fuentes? office after talking it over with his close friends Jan Ullrich and Ivan Basso. It?s a good thing there is no drug scandal involved in this announcement, Fuentes explained. As anyone knows, these are some of the biggest names in cycling. Once the word got out, other top riders such as Mancebo, Sevilla, Beloki, and Contador expressed their innocence, er, I mean disappointment about not competing. Even temporarily retired Tyler Hamilton commented on his website, "I have not been treated by Dr. Fuentes," and added "In addition, I have never been contacted by authorities in <?xml:namespace prefix = st1 ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:smarttags" /?>
Tour director Christian Prudhomme said "The enemy is not cycling, the enemy is doping," Not sure what he means?!? In any event, this writer supports keeping the race going even though the French don?t have anyone to hate this year. There are other ?clean? cut Americans out there that can show their stuff during the race. Isn?t that right Floyd and George? I guess David Millar said he would be happy to race also.
Once again passion has taken control of those who love cycling. I never thought passion had negative connotations but once again, I am wrong. I am also sad. I don?t mean because I am wrong, (I?ve gotten used to that!), I mean it because cycling takes the world spotlight once a year and it will be black. I have tried to understand the pressure placed on athletes who are expected to be Gods to their people. It killed Pantani. Let?s support cycling and celebrate the integrity of those who are clean. Let?s hear from you. How can this be done? Maybe we just hand out water bottles and UA cups in the feed zone!
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