And yet another Tour de France ends it's (steroid) cycle this weekend. As a decisive penultimate stage unfolds today, cheers changed to jeers in France.
Ireland Online says Tour leader slam international cycling leadership.
The organisers of the Tour de France have criticised cycling’s world governing body over doping controls, describing the UCI as “incompetent”.
Patrice Clerc, president of Tour organisers ASO, and Christian Prudhomme, the director of the Tour de France, held a press conference at the start of the penultimate stage of this year’s event in Cognac where they pledged to lead the battle to rid the sport of drugs.
The 2007 Tour has been tainted by doping, with four positive tests including for Kazakhstan’s Alexandre Vinokourov, the pre-race favourite, and Italy’s Cristian Moreni.
Vinokourov and Moreni’s teams, Astana and Cofidis respectively, also withdrew after the Kazakh rider tested positive for blood doping and the Italian for elevated levels of testosterone.
Clerc said: “The UCI cannot control the rebuilding of a new model for cycling so we have decided to lead the reconstruction with those who share our values.
“The UCI has demonstrated that, in the best case, it is incompetent and, in the worst case, it will harm the Tour de France. The result is a calculated, Machiavellian and irresponsible approach. When an organisation behaves this way towards another, the only option is resignation.”
The Raw Story, however, reports that Clerc called for the resignation of th e UCI head:
Tour de France organisers on Saturday called for the resignation of International Cycling Union (UCI) bosses who they feel are to blame for the Michael Rasmussen controversy which has sullied the race.
"There's only one solution (in such circumstances), and that's resignation," said Patrice Clerc, the president of the race's parent company Amaury Sports Organization (ASO) ahead of the 19th and penultimate stage.
The ASO may want WADA to take over regulating cycling.
The ASO may want WADA to take over regulating cycling.Where are the elder statement in this mess? Cyclists don't want to hear it, but their veteran riders have deserted them. Floyd Landis is selling his defense. Blaming the LNDD, you do not hear Landis acting as a leader in this mess.
Lance Armstrong, who should be the voice of leadership as the most famous living pro cyclist, apparently doesn't want to come near any statements about the sport self-destructing in a bag of blood. Yes, many of the same doctors who dope other riders remain confidants of Armstrong. He supplies no leadership, no moral guidance, because he too is busy doping rumors of his own doping.
Ullrich, Basso, Hamilton, all dogged by proved doping charges, or dogged by allegations can supply no leadership.
Thus, the cycling administrators take the leadership helm devoid of honored elders (unless you consider LeMond, who many despise). That's wrong.
Cycling is a sport that better re-invent itself and cleanse itself of doping, because right now that sport appears on par with professional wrestling, only without the flash.