This is a shameless attempt to save the the most advanced civilization in
history from imminent self destruction by eliminating carbon emission,
dependence on foreign sources of fuel,obesity, hypertension and diabetes.
Cycling accomplishes all those things at once and helps us develop a better
understanding of ourselves, each other and our relationship to the cosmos.

Oh, horse puckey!
I like to ride bikes, have been doing it all my life.
The rest of that crap is just a fringe benefit,
and the blogosphere gives me a chance to share my interior
monologue with virtual rather than imaginary friends.

Sunday, July 3, 2011

Contador, Le Tour and nobody talks about the money!

    With the start of the Tour, the controversy over the tainted sample Contador  submitted last year has overwhelmed the press.  At the start the Versus commentators all agreed that Contador's inclusion is bad for the sport.  At this point, the officials can't keep him out, he didn't take a plea and wants to extend the investigation through the litigation process of the UCI.  Is he hurting the sport?  Sure, he didn't take the deal offered, it will be at least August(probably longer if an appeal occurs) before we know the result of last year's tour and possibly this year also.
     Why should he care?  These guys are just entertainers making a living.  I don't have any information about his endorsements or contracts, but my guess is that the winner of multiple grand tours in the second most popular spectator sport in history probably has multi-year contracts with many sponsors worth tens of millions of dollars. Maybe more.  If he took the plea, he would loose all that.  He would have to pay the fines, loose his income and come back and start over from ground zero.   If he pursues whatever litigation available, it may take years to resolve, he'll bank his tens of millions before any discipline occurs.  What would you do?  Is your family's income and security more important than the integrity of a bike race?  Would Bob Roll and Phil Liggett donate their salaries to facilitate the conclusion?

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