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100th Anniversary Tour De France Route To Stay Exclusively In France
Published October 25, 2012
STILL WORTHY? ESPN.com’s Bonnie Ford wrote there is “no sport with a bigger credibility fight on its hands than cycling, and no event where genuine romance coexists so uncomfortably with hideous reality than the Tour de France.” Amid the “nonstop news deluge of the last few weeks, many readers have asked me whether cycling is still worth following, which riders they can believe in, and whether they are foolish to feel any affection for the sport.” Ford: “I personally can't wait to see what happens next. Can the UCI ever be transformed into a constructive guardian of the sport? Or will it take a full-on rebellion, a rump league, more cataclysm in an already chaotic environment to prod real change? And if so, how will sponsors respond?” Ford wrote, “Dysfunctional though it may be, professional cycling has still tested more strategically, invested more in anti-doping efforts per team and per athlete, and caught more scofflaws than other sports” (ESPN.com, 10/24). The AP’s Stephen Wilson noted IOC President Jacques Rogge yesterday “defended” the UCI’s anti-doping efforts and said that it would be “wrong to kick the sport out of the Olympics in the wake of the Lance Armstrong scandal.” Rogge called the evidence against Armstrong "shocking." But he said that it will “ultimately be a ‘good thing’ that helps clean up the sport after a string of high-profile drug cases.” Rogge in an e-mail wrote, "It would be unfair to penalize the huge majority of clean athletes by banning UCI from the Olympic Games and we believe there are a number of ways by which cheaters can be kicked out of the sport" (AP, 10/24).