The Week That Was...
Ian comments on the happenings in the world of cycling.
British World Champion, Dave Millar (Cofidis) has again re-confirmed his goals for this season. ?For me and British Cycling, an Olympic title is the biggest goal. The time trial and the track are part of our culture more than the Tour de France, and it?s for that reason that I?ll prepare for
It seems all I?ve spoken about for the past few weeks has been doping but I don?t think it?d be right to end this week without quickly acknowledging the recent public spat between Armstrong and WADA President, Dick Pond. In the 28 th January edition of Le Monde, Pond made the very generalised comment that, "the riders of the Tour de France and the others take banned substances." In an open letter to all and sundry, Armstrong retorted, "I have learned over the years that proving a negative can be quite challenging with people who simply do not want to believe that my accomplishments are possible without drugs. I can live with that. But, for Mr Pound to assert that I take drugs, or that my fellow riders in the Tour do, is simply careless and unacceptable. Perhaps Mr Pound believes, like certain others, that negative tests don't prove that athletes are clean. But if this is true, we must assert that no athlete is clean." Where is this going, who knows? All I do know however is that whilst people such as Dick Pond publicly make comments such as those, we will forever be fighting an up-hill battle to shed this image that has been bestowed upon us in recent years. Thankfully, there are people out there trying to make a difference and a word of praise must go to the Belgian authorities where following the spate of recent cycling-related deaths, all Flemish cyclists over the age of 17yrs must now undergo an annual electrocardiogram until the time they hang up their wheels. This procedure is aimed at helping to identify any heart irregularities in the country?s riders.
For all of you out there who have taken the time to write to me in the past few weeks, thanks for your kind words and thoughts. I will try and get back to you very shortly ? just