The Week That Was...
Ian comments on the happenings in the world of cycling.
that he?s covered by a rider who was fifth in last year?s Tour de France, Haimar Zubeldia.?
Finally this week, I can?t ignore the messy situation that my fellow Brit, David Millar, finds himself in. Having originally not been a part of the original Phillip Gaumont investigation, Judge Richard Pallain last week issued a warrant for the arrest of Millar. The rider was picked up by local police outside a <?xml:namespace prefix = st1 ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:smarttags" /?>
If the allegations from L?Equipe are correct, whom can we blame for this? Millar? An athlete who (at this stage) has allegedly used performance enhancing drugs? Do we blame his Director for putting pressure on the rider to perform? Do we blame his sponsor, Cofidis, and their President, Francois Migraine, for putting pressure on the team to produce results and thus, increase the return on his investment within the team? Perhaps we the fans expect too much from these athletes, our idols? Every which way you look, there is another scapegoat, somebody else to blame. Make your own mind up but all I ask is that in these days where it seems that the law enforcement agencies within certain countries appear to have a quota of athletes to catch doping each year, maintain your open mind, believe in these riders until they are proved, beyond all reasonable doubt, that they are guilty. It would be very easy for us to turn our backs away from the sport but now, more than ever, cycling needs our backing. In January, as this scandal broke, Millar commented that, ?it?s not a Cofidis problem and it?s certainly got nothing to do with me.? How I hope you are right Dave.
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