... the americans wount watch unless they win
While I'm sure that's true for some, I believe many Americans feel as I do -
there are so many questions regarding the French handling of the drug tests that the integrity of the sport has been severly damaged.
It looks like no matter who they test, if they want to find something, they will. Did Armstrong do anything wrong? Did Landis? Were the tests, or the results, altered because the French didn't want an American winning their race?
Cycling as become a bigger sport in the US, so these races should draw a certain amount of interest here. If it's lower than one would expect, it may have as much to do regarding the integrity of the testing proceedures as it does any actual cheating by any of the cyclists.