Tour de France dilemma

My very good friend Elise is coming to London town in the not too distant, which I’m very excited about. (I’ve only met her once, but what with the wonders of the internet, I consider her very highly.) However I’m torn.

She has expressed enthusiasm at the coincidence of her trip and the Tour de France’s kick-off in London, and would like to go see it. Now most years, I would have bitten someone’s arm off to join her, given my thorough enjoyment of the Tour, and the particularly mathematical nature of the prologue stage.

But Floyd Landis won the tour last year, thereafter failing a dope test. (Apparently, he’s still the official winner, which surprised me.) And meanwhile Bjarne Riis has just been asked to return his 1996 yellow jersey, having admitted four days ago to taking banned drugs between 1993 and 1998. Rumours are rife, as are positive tests and counter-claims.

Given the state that the sport’s in, I’m not sure I want to honour it with my support.


2 Responses to “Tour de France dilemma”

  1. Jon on May 29th, 2007 01:53


    You could always go and cheer for the guy that comes last – pretty much guaranteed that he’s not taking drugs – or at least he’s not taking any drugs that are working for him.

  2. elise on May 29th, 2007 13:04

    OR, you could come along to spend time with me and to hell with the drugged up athletes. 🙂

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