(Image taken from http://www.versus.com/shows/tour-de-france)
Anybody excited about the Tour de France? I'm not and unsure why. Maybe all the convicted drug users competing in early season races after completing their suspensions? Cancellara's "motor"? The fact that Comcast has pulled Versus from our cable lineup unless we pay an additional fee? Bitter old curmudgeon? Probably.
The fact is, I'm not really high on professional cycling right now. As Patrick pointed out in an earlier post on The Road, even amateurs are doping to win. Cycling needs to do something and do it fast, because the Lance effect isn't going to last forever and when it's gone, many (most?) of the fans will be gone as well. My sugestion would be to ban for life any rider who irrefutably has used drugs to win (Floyd Landis? Alejandro Valverde?) and strip them of at least the tainted win. As you can see from this Wiki article, it's not recent and it's not just a rider here and there.
So bring on the theatrics and pretend injuries, the lousy refereeing, and crazy vuvuzelas (which I secretly like!) - I'm following the World Cup (especially with the USA moving on to the next round). GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!