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Kill it

Posted on: July 17, 2008 7:47 am
 

Kill the Tour de France. Put it out of its misery. Put cycling out of its misery and kill the whole sport.

Seriously.

Three riders have already been caught cheating through chemistry, including a two-time stage winner of this year's race. And the thing isn't even close to being finished. How many more cheaters are going to get caught?

Better question: How many more cheaters won't be?

After the Floyd Landis debacle and with the general suspicion that cycling is the world's dirtiest sport -- and that's saying something -- these guys still can't stop from cheating. They literally don't think they can compete with clean bodies.

It'll make you wonder about whoever wins -- how did he beat everyone in the field if he wasn't cheating?

Kill the sport. It has lived well beyond its usefulness.

Category: Tour de France
Tags: Blood doping
 
Comments

Since: Jul 5, 2008
Posted on: July 17, 2008 2:42 pm
 

Kill it

Who the hell cares what this clown thinks? It's his opinion, and everyone is entitled to one.



Since: Jul 17, 2008
Posted on: July 17, 2008 2:36 pm
 

Kill it

For once do you think that you could step out of your America-Centred viewpoint.  So what that not many people in America watch cycling.  Just because it's somewhat foreign in the U.S of A doesn't mean it isn't a timeless sport that takes herculean efforts to compete in.  I would like to see the average North American tryto hang with one of these athletes for 5 minutes without croaking.  If anything else, we should be watching this sport that was best described as chess at a heartrate of 180 beats per minute.  I gave up on MLB when the Oakland A's came to prominence and have never looked back.  The last three guys caught at the tour were specifically targeted and will never come back to the sport.  The best that America's game can say is that Barry Bonds may go into the hall with an asterisk by his name.  Cycling is cleaner than any sport out there on average and until MLB, the NFL, NBA or NHL is willing to test every guy who scores a touchdown, makes two sacks a game, hits a homer or scores a hattrick then maybe there should be a few less stones being thrown...... 




Since: Aug 20, 2007
Posted on: July 17, 2008 2:36 pm
 

Kill it

I think everyone is missing the point - when you hear the words "Tour de France" over the last several years, the next word that pops into your mind is "doping".  Can that possibly be good for the sport?

Yes, they have the most stringent testing available - but they are catching way, way too many of their athletes doping.  These guys KNOW that they are going to be tested if they win a stage, or randomly - are they juicing or blood doping so that they can finish in the middle of the pack and not get tested?  No.. they're doing it for an edge to win, and they know that they'll be tested, and that they'll be caught.

What does it benefit your sport when you wind up with 20-40% of the participants being ejected and banned for 2 years because of cheating every year?

By the way.. I believe that Lance wasn't racing clean, either, but we'll never know, since they weren't testing as exhaustively back then.




Since: Dec 25, 2006
Posted on: July 17, 2008 2:34 pm
 

Kill it

Brady,

Yes.




Since: Apr 11, 2007
Posted on: July 17, 2008 1:20 pm
 

Kill MMA first?

Far more people in the world watch professional cycling and the Tour de France than watch MMA. The testing in professional cycling is far more stringent as well; and there are probably far fewer dopers among the athletes these days. So, by your logic Doyel, shouldn't we kill MMA before cycling?

Or is the fact that cycling actually tests riders, and announces positives what pisses you off? Better to let the drugs go unchecked - that way everybody can go on believing the sport is clean? Yeah, right...

Cycling should be commended for the advances its making in testing for performance enhancing drugs, not vilified because it is successful at it.




Since: Apr 14, 2008
Posted on: July 17, 2008 1:10 pm
 

Kill it

How about this instead? Don't take this writer's opinions as anything else but stupidity- seriously.... Doyel, go ahead and write whatever you like, you somehow have achieved that right, by somehow getting this job. Your opinion means nothing and it's obvious that your sole purpose here, is to tick people off, simply to raise attention to yourself and/or this website.   Why don't you just write a book about being a professional whiner?



Since: Jul 17, 2008
Posted on: July 17, 2008 12:50 pm
 

Kill it

Doyel, I read your drivel on Sportsline usually to see how foolish you sound and you have topped yourself today.  If you don't like cycling, don't watch it or read about it. There are sports I find pointless and just don't watch.  To each his own.

And nova227 makes a good point--if other sports had such stringent testing as cycling, those sports would be viewed differently and soon cleaned up in earnest.  Cyclists don't have a players' union covering their tail and allowing weak testing to "police" the sport.

 




Since: Jul 12, 2008
Posted on: July 17, 2008 12:33 pm
 

Kill it

I would not have a problem with them ending the Tour de France.  Nobody in America even watches it anymore, now that Lance Armstrong isn't racing in it anymore, so we probably wouldn't even notice that it was gone anyway.


BradyMania
Since: Mar 20, 2007
Posted on: July 17, 2008 11:25 am
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BradyMania
Since: Mar 20, 2007
Posted on: July 17, 2008 11:22 am
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