A few doping cases are finally making their way through the system. Why is it taking so long and what type of message does it send to the cycling fan?
I had no idea that kind of money was being made in PED trafficking!
One side is saying that we have dopers on the run and the other stating that we're fighting a losing battle. Caught in between are the casual fans who don't know if cycling is as legit as professional wrestling. For us, the tifosi, we enjoy cycling for a variety of reasons - whether it's because of the beauty, the competitiveness, or just because it gets us outside. However, as anyone involved in the cycling industry will tell you, we need to get the weekend warriors to fall in love with the sport. And that will be a hard thing to accomplish when the people in charge keep sending out mixed messages regarding the health of cycling - filled with dopers or a few bad apples?
I'm a glass half-full type of guy and I feel that it's just a few cheaters and the majority are racing clean. That said - I'm not naïve enough to believe the stories from riders who have been caught for doping. I've been suckered into that one too many times. So my words to CAS, WADA, UCI, and any other agency investigating doping: let's get to a resolution in a timely manner. Five-years is far too long to be in limbo. Hell, even over a year is a SNAFU. It's time to start pulling the trigger on these cases and move forward.