This year’s Tour de France is no different than most of the previous races where controversy reigns over the most famous cycle race in the world. Once again riders have been sent home for testing positive for doping. When are these athletes going to learn that taking illegal enhancing drugs will no longer be tolerated? A number of cyclists are donning temporary tattoos in support of stopping illegal doping in this sport, that read “I’m doping free”. Ironically, several of those who are wearing the tattoo are some of the more questionable bikers that are being heavily tested during the course of this race!
After Riccardo Ricco was ousted for testing positive for doping and Leonardo Piepoli was fired for violation of the team’s ethical code, the return of the tour to Italy tomorrow (after a nine year absence) will not have the fanfare and whoopla that Italians were hoping for.
In any case, after the 14th stage of the race, Cadel Evans of Australia, who came in second in the tour last year, has the yellow jersey and Oscar Freire from Spain is in the Green jersey, but there’s still a week of racing left where anything can happen and as most fans know, very often does!
Maya Muses: I’ve seen more Tour de France races than I care to mention, or perhaps I should say I’ve been to more than I care to mention. When you watch the Tour de France live on the Champs-Elysées, all you really see are helmets zooming past in a blur. A few years ago, I finally concluded that the best place to watch the tour is in my easy chair right in front of my TV! That’s where I’ll be next Sunday when the final stage of the race takes place!
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