Painful Times in Front of Us
What will be the repercussions of the Ullrich and Contador cases?
creates a shit-storm of epic proportions. The 2010 Tour de France standings will be changed as well as the results of other races he's contested. The reputation of the Tour will take another hit and that will make front page news. The casual fan will wonder if professional cycling has the legitimacy of wrestling and that will scare off potential sponsors. Who needs to invest their money into something that seems a bit dodgy when there's NASCAR? Saxo Bank, the sponsor, will not be pleased and they'll be gone by the end of the year. A guilty Pistolero means team manager Bjarne Riis will need to find a title sponsor and we all know how easy that is (sarcasm alert!).
I've said this before, but I'll say it again - I think Alberto Contador will be found innocent. Not because he is, but I think the ramifications will be too horrendous to the sport if he's sanctioned. The Tour de France, the flagship of the sport, will be wrecked like the cruise ship Costa Concordia that's currently taking on water off the Italian coast. Perhaps I'm jaded by the UCI's mishandling of issues from race radios, the Tour of China, and comments by the president of their own organization to not think the fix is in. Deep down, in the pit of my stomach, I hope that the right ruling is made: Contador gets suspended. I also hope that instead of showing how inept certain aspects of the sport is, there is some good being done and in order to move forward there will be some painful times in front of us.