Thursday, July 18, 2013

Fool Us Once, Shame On You. Fool Us For 100-Years, And Shame On Us All.

You have to feel a little sorry for Chris Froome.  He is currently pounding his Tour de France competitors into minced Escargot, and yet he can't seem to catch a break.  No matter what he says or does, the majority of questions circle around the possibility of Team Sky not riding an honest race.  Yes, the issue of doping still hangs over the Tour, and rightfully so, at that. 

See, no matter what people think and feel, the issue of Performance Enhencing Drugs (PED's) did not start, nor is it likely to end, with Mr. Lance Armstrong.  Besides, Erythropoietin (EPO) is so yesterday.  Whatever is fueling the peleton today, and probably for the foreseeable future, will be genetic engineering, such as human growth hormones, stem cells, and only God knows what.  Remember, it is not just the performance advantage a team can gain, it is also paramount to avoid detection.  Genetic engineering will accomplish both goals.   

However, you cannot blame the fans and media from doubting what they are seeing on the long, convoluted trek to Paris.  Yes, no matter how hard the sport of cycling tries to "Clean" up its act, the urge for instant Fortune & Glory has proven to be too strong an allure for many.  They say time heals all.  It also shines light on the truth.  Let the clock start counting - Again!

So, sorry Chris, but you (and Team Sky) may or may not be riding clean, and you cannot blame the fans for a culture of dishonesty in the pro ranks. 

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