Thursday, July 27, 2006

"outLANDISh"

title stolen from my RoadBikeRider newsletter. unfortunately, this title was given due to Floyd's first mega accomplishment, winning the Tour de France. i'm not sure how they will "out-Landish-ize" the second title, given for his potential disgrace. it is now known that Floyd is the rider listed as testing positive for testosterone after the epic stage into Morzine. it both makes complete sense and none whatsoever. he was empty. he came back. Heroism. Drugs. on one hand, innocent until proven guilty. who knows? bad B sample. some other wack but true excuse. on the other, this sport is poisoned, probably like all other sports, but it is a sport based solely on sponsorship, and therefore at the whims of the "market", the need to be chased. in a typical league, say the NFL or EPL, a rogue state can cause problems, but the brotherhood of owners has an equal and compelling need to cover each other's back from negative press and publicity. they are much more 'in it together', being equals as owners. in the cycling biz, there is no owner but rather competing PR entities who want to one-up the next entity to grab more and more PR. there's no overriding structure. there's no top. compare the drug story versus Cycling and versus Baseball. does anyone think there are fewer drugs used in baseball? if you do, you're a Bush-supporting Republican and the WMDs are in Baghdad. hell no, those 'roid freaks look like a bunch of Michelin men with muscle. BUT baseball's power structure NEEDS those stories to go away, the owners, the players, the union...it's only the press that tries to get the story, but to little avail.

Cycling, on the other hand, seems mired in a kind of clan struggle for the sport- the UCI, the Managers (DS) assoc, the riders' assoc (very small that it is), the Pro-Tour, the ASO and the other Tours, the press, WADA, need i go on? none of these entities seems to work with another for the betterment of either the sport or the pocketbook. no top. free for all!

i don't know. sour grapes. they're a bunch of cheaters and deserve to get caught. i saw that German TV may not televise the future Tour. i can certainly see OLN doing the same (or not doing the same, as it were). but are the Germans serious to think that they're beloved footballers aren't dosing enormous amounts of EPO, stimulants, HGH and the like to be bigger, better footballers? what a ridiculous, naive notion.

if it comes back negative and we have an anomoly, great. if it's positive for doping and he loses the Tour, i will immediately erase my bookmarks of pro cycling, and i will personally write to Floyd the Fraud, or Phloyd the Phony, and demand the $$ back from him that i paid for a t-shirt extolling his inspiration. i hate this.

6 comments:

Chris G said...

It's hard to know what to believe any more. If this were an isolated incident, I would happily give Floyd the benefit of the doubt and focus on the aspects that might support his innocence (i.e. his epi levels were too low rather than testosterone being high, his wattage output was normal, higher testosterone wouldn't have had an immediate benefit, a number of positive tests have been thrown out when challenged in court) however it is on the point of absurdity to defend any athelete as being clean. If it were a close friend or family member we could appeal to our knowledge of their scruples and integrity but we don't really know anything about these athletes. Like a good murder mystery plot, I could cling to these points and cheer when the positive test were overturned in court only to cry 10 years later when the truth came out that he did cheat before stage 17 just in some other way that they didn't catch.

The whole thing is extremely dissapointing and thoroughly depressing.

Tex69 said...

no, we know nothing, save the "human interest stories" and the "dramatic images". the prob is that, if i turn my back on a sport i love, i have to turn my back on the rest. there's too much $$, so there is too much cheating. chick and egg.

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