One year after the most embarrassing Tour de France in history, when the winner -- Floyd Landis -- tested positive for doping, the 2007 Tour continued to provide evidence of vast corruption in pro cycling. Although rising, here sits the doping toll from the '07 Tour:
- Patrik Sinkewitz, nailed on an A-sample with elevated testosterone, declined the B-sample, an admission of guilt. T-Mobile fired the German today.
- Spaniard Iban Mayo failed his doping test, testing positive for EPO. Mayo was suspended by Saunier Duval-Prodir Cycling Team when the UCI notified the team Mayo looks like a drug-cheat.
- The Tour dumped Michael Rasmussen as he led going into a late stage, for missing pre-Tour doping tests. Rasmussen says he messed up on a clerical error; the scheduled doping tests appear at strategic times in the rider's cycle (read: opportune for doping cycles).
- Pre-race favorite Alexander Vinokourov found himself in the showers after he tested positive for merely infusing someone else's blood. Vino pleads the Floyd Landis defense that the LNDD lab stinks.
- "Cristian Moreni was arrested after a Pyrenees stage last week. His Cofidis team was removed from the race and he confessed to using drugs to lift his level of testosterone, which boosts muscle fibers, team manager Eric Boyer said. Doping is a crime in France." (Bloomberg)
- And lastly your 2007 Tour de France winner, Alberto Contador, stands accused of some serious drug-cheating, following a blistering attack from German scientist Werner Franke.
What an ugly monster now occupies the corpse of this most famous of cycling races. Is there any hope that a regulatory body can clean up the 'Taint on the Champs Elysees?