Thursday, July 07, 2011
Long-distance bicycling (the Tour de France) has long been tainted. Riders have taken every kind of performance enhancing drug or potion available. That is why the success of this team is important to the future of the sport. The team wants to prove that one can win on the basis of athletic prowess alone. And, should it take the prize, it will provide a guide to all other teams that struggle with their riders shooting up. But, the question remains whether that will be enough to change the reputation of a sport that has been under a cloud for so long. That is uncertain. Only time will tell and continued enforcement of strict drug testing. The Tour de France, especially, cannot tolerate many more scandals.