I'm gobsmacked that they've followed through on this threat. Don't think we'll be seeing T:Mobile at the tour next year, or even in pro cycling.Alan H said:In response, two German TV stations, ARD and ZDF, have decided to stop all reporting on the TdF with immediate effect.
That's the current climate though. It does seem harsh I admit, but the sponsor has (I believe) tried its damnedest to take a hard line against doping and its priority is to cover itself and disassociate itself from cheats where possible. When they suspend a rider they pretty much have to go public asap, even before the B comes back.chris42][quote name= said:It's a shame they couldn't wait for the B test or even tell the rider before the press!
Tetedelacourse][quote name= said:I'm gobsmacked that they've followed through on this threat. Don't think we'll be seeing T:Mobile at the tour next year, or even in pro cycling.
Hmmmm, I can't help but feel that what you're saying Laurence (and it's by no means the first time I've heard it said, so it's not personal) is the rather skewed 'the world hates us 'cos we is cyclists' take on events. Other sports do get the hammer for drugs, athletics being the most obvious. Football gets the hammer for other reasons, notably financial irregularities relating to managers and agents. Horse racing gets hammered for race fixing, cricket for match fixing and so on. Every major sport has a monkey on its back, cycling's monkey is doping and it's been prevalent, perhaps even dominant, since the very beginning. It is absolutely inextricable from the sport. I read Blazing Saddles by Matt Rendell today. A cheery and slightly eccentric gallop through the Tour's history, a celebration of what makes the Tour special. Certainly not a high profile 'dope in cycling' expose. I was amazed by the number of winners who cheerily admitted to using dope, in one form or another, during their careers. Jacque Anquetil's admission that he used drugs 'whenever necessary', which was 'nearly always' springs to mind. This is a man lionised by cycling fans. Maitre Jacque, winner of 5 Tours. The smoothest, most elegant man to ever put foot to pedal. And Riis, Landis, Zabel, the fools caught in the Puerto net and so on. What right do we have to wonder why people raise their eyebrows when pro-cycling is mentioned? None. None whatsoever.laurence said:once again, the media believes there are only drugs in cycling. shame that they don't investigate sports that don't do any drug testing instead of picking on one that does and is trying to get rid of the problem. i don't think there'd be much sport on tv if that happened.
But cycling has been intertwined with drugs since forever and has never, ever managed to deal with it. You simply can't talk about pro-cycling and not talk about drugs. Cycling doesn't have any choice about admitting it, it's not to the sports credit that it does so. You may as well congratulate Keef Richards for his honesty in admitting that he took a few drugs in the '70s.laurence said:no... what i mean is that cycling does have drugs... but it admits it, yet is dammed for it.
Perhaps the need to test goes hand in hand with the level of drug use prevalent in the sport and the degree of benefit from taking drugs.it seems the sports with the biggest amount of drug takers are the ones that test (athletics, cross country skiing).
Which sports would those be? Pro-cycling is a huge, multi-million pound industry. It might not be as big as, say, football but I don't see how your point applies to it.some sports will never be touched by the drugs issues, because it would be biting the hand that feeds it for the media.