The Week That Was...
Ian comments on the happenings in the world of cycling.
? 67% of all those people interviewed believed that retroactive testing of samples is a good thing
? 50% of all those people interviewed believed that it was impossible to do well in the Tour de France without using doping products.
? 71% of French people interviewed believed it wasn't possible to achieve a high placing in their Grand Tour without the help of doping products
Pat McQuaid, recently appointed President of the UCI, commented on the results of the survey when interviewed by L?Equipe for his comments on the findings of the survey. "Most of the people who thought that cycling wasn't credible anymore were French (66%) - so I think there is a correlation between the media and public opinion, which is influenced ." Perhaps if publications such as L?Equipe are demanding a cleaner, more honest sport, perhaps we as fans should demand a more honest and trustworthy style of reportage from the media that covers our sport.
Finally, congratulations to Erik Zabel following his win in yesterday?s Paris-Tours race. The event is Zabel?s final appearance for the German outfit before he joins the new Italian-German team Milram . "Magnifique! It's a very good day for me and my team manager Walter Godefroot, as well as for Frans Van Looy. It's the last race this season for them, and also for Aldag and myself, so to finish it with a victory here on Paris-Tours is wonderful! Of course, after 13 years of a lot of victories and emotions with Telekom and later T-Mobile, this is a very precious moment ." Let?s hope for their sake that the Germans have not made a mistake by letting the aging sprinter leave. After all, it wouldn?t be the first transfer faux pas involving this team over the years ? dare we mention Cadel Evans, Santiago Botero and Paolo Salvoldelli? Discuss in our forums.
Until next week,