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Is The Cycling Sport Dead?

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#1 kimgeni


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Posted 26 July 2007 - 04:01 AM

Sinkewitz, Vino, Moreni and Rasmussen are out. Contador was perhaps involved in Operation Puerto.
If Ullrich, Basso, Mancebo, Heras and so on, used drugs, how come Armstrong won 7 times in a row? Of course this is just speculations, however its a thought that makes much sense.
Cofidis and Astana are out of the Tour. In my opinion they should have stayed. Why pull out the whole team because of 1 stupid rider?
Sponsors are pulling out, TV-ratings are falling, German TV will not cover the Tour, the americans wount watch unless they win (perhaps the rating goes up 'cause Contador has the jersey now), and everyone wonders: Will this ever stop?
I don't know what to believe and how to answer these questions, but I know I'll continue to support the sport of cycling, no matter what happens. What will you do?

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Posted 26 July 2007 - 07:28 PM

I will allways watch the tour as long as it is televised here.To me it's a real test of Human endurance and Stamina.
The Sport is suffering and while I think it will never Die,certainly will takes years to recover from the Drug Publicity.
Most Endurance Sports have some sort of a Drug Problem.Just who the Media chooses to go after. :thumbsup:

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Posted 26 July 2007 - 07:58 PM

... 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.

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but I'm not sure you realize that what you heard is not what I meant!

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