Wednesday, July 25, 2007

Tour de Dope '07: Strung Out & Tweaking in the Pyrenees

One of the more pleasant aspects of a pleasant summer vacation is the chance to waste morning hours watching the Tour de France, and/or keeping up with the stages via the 'Net. And no, my level of pleasant hasn't relied on the presence of Lance Armstrong in the event. I've just liked the Tour, the idea of bicycling being such a big deal, and the essential Euro-flavor of it all.

But the Pleasant-o-Meter is pretty much down to zero at this point in Tour '07. If you thought Floyd Landis and the '06 doping lunacy was lunatic, Tour '07 makes the Landis situation look perfectly sane. Now that leader Rasmussen has finally been booted (by his own team) from the Tour, I've spent 'Net time this evening trying to find the story we're all waiting for now:

Tour de France '07 Canceled, Syringe To Wear Yellow Jersey

To be honest, I'm rather shocked to find very few calls this evening to cancel the rest of the damn thing. Outside of the Globe and Mail in Toronto, pretty much nothing.

Maybe when Europe wakes up tomorrow morning it will wake up and stop the madness before Paris. Anything less than a cancellation now merely cements the farce. Here's hoping we have no Sunday "celebratory" ride down the Champs-Elysees (multiple accent marks missing). Cancel. Tour. Now.

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