|Something about doping. That's all I hear and see here.|
I don't care.
I used to be quite enamored of le Tour years ago. I watched enthralled as Pantani beat the pants off of Big Mig on some storied climb. I was enthusiastically buoyed when a young Texan won a rainy stage in 1999 and went on to win it all. It was a hopeful sign of an American presence not seen since Greg leMond's victories in the late 80's/early 90's.
But the huge mess in '98 wasn't the end of doping as everyone stated it would be. It kept on going, and going, and....... I finally just gave up any hope that any of what I once held so dear was even real. What's more, it became painfully evident that the money in it all was ruling the day. Why would the manufacturers, sponsors, and advertisers want it to be "cleaned up" while they were "cleaning up" the way that it was?
Answer- They weren't interested in "clean sport". Not if it meant "less money", which everyone seems to think it would.
Oh well. Whatever! This is the last time I'll be saying anything about this year's goings on in France.