It's pretty funny that "cycling" is the name of the technique people use to take steroids. Cause, you know who else has a performance-enhancing drug problem? Cycling! Ha ha.
And at this point, the sport of cycling should really consider changing its name, because this whole doping thing is just getting out of control.
The entire sport has been mired in doping scandals for years now, culminating in last year's Tour-de-Fake winner Floyd Landis being busted.
To put the enormity of this in perspective for Americans: Try to imagine if, say, a baseball home run champion were found to be taking steroids. Devastating.
This year's Tour de France organizers were determined not to let cheating ruin the show. So they made riders sign a pledge, a well-known fail-safe technique. And what happened? A star rider got caught doping, and the tour leader skipped a bunch of doping tests! Come on guys. Really. Try harder.
But a ray of light did emerge from the entire fiasco in the form of a protest by the riders who were themselves fed up with all the doping. Eight teams sat out the start of Wednesday's race stage in a symbolic gesture of disgust. Then they all jumped back on their bikes and pedaled really fast to catch up.
It warms the public's weary heart to see that at least some of the riders share our outrage at all this cheating in a sport without a ball. We salute you, future Tour de France losers.
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3. On the right track