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Delion, like Kimmage and Bassons, wouldn't take drugs, and before it had truly begun, a promising career meandered downwards. Who cared? Asked what he thought of the Tour of Redemption, Delion smiled. "That makes me laugh. The redemption affects just one part of the peloton," he said. If you accept the notion of two pelotons and two speeds, there is an obvious question: can such a race be won by a clean rider? Quick, too quick, to celebrate winners, the 1,200 journalists on the Tour have been divided, and a significant minority have chosen simply to report Armstrong's victory.
The conclusion doesn't change. Doping is destroying cycling and many other sports. It is pervasive and it is sanctioned by sports bodies and event organisers. Last week, the CPLD in France showed us what can be achieved when there is a will. Is there anybody else out there who gives a damn? Who cares that today's champions are hypochondriacs and that tomorrow's will come directly from the laboratories, injected with alien but powerful genes? When the lying had to stop David Walsh October 29, 2000 " We may not be convinced that Armstrong dopes, but as the champion professional cyclist, we cannot be sure that he doesn't " On Friday, Antoine Vayer arrived at his home in northwest France.
A good doctor, they knew, would beat a nutty professor any day. Within the powerful Festina team Virenque was the star. Vayer was a nuisance. But then Virenque, Festina and professional cycling got caught. Four hundred phials of drugs were found in a team car bound for the Tour de France. More than two years have passed since French Customs made the discovery, and in that time a number of Festina riders served short suspensions before quickly returning to competition. The Tour de France organisers spoke earnestly of the need for renewal, but, fundamentally, nothing changed.
Lanced: The Shaming of Lance Armstrong by David Walsh