Argh! (Part Twenty-Seven Billion)
Remind me again why I should give a shit about this year's Tour de France. While the string of scandals over the last couple of years may have helped to clean up the sport of cycling in the long run, it's almost certainly claimed some innocent victims along the way (I maintain that Landis and Rasmussen are both 100% innocent... prob'ly).
What's worse, the cull has basically removed all of the most talented and entertaining cyclists from the Tour. And some of my personal favourite characters have been kicked out under utterly ludicrous circumstances.
Animal lover Levi Leipheimer made the disastrous move of joining the [deleted: well-chosen and objectively justifiable pejorative term] Astana team, which was subsequently banned from the race. Worst of all, pretty-boy record collector Tom Boonen just tested positive for non-performance-enhancing cocaine. Come on! The guy has a yellow Lamborghini!! Obviously, he takes cocaine!!!
[Deleted: Witty and accurate appraisal of remaining race favourites.]
God alone knows what's really going on behind the scenes in the highly-political, big money world of professional cycling. All I know is that it's the loyal fans who lose out. Not sure I'll even bother following the race this year, to be honest.