Sorry for the non-baseball post, but the events in France practically begged for mockery.
Tour de France by Dan in Texas
Scandal has rocked the Tour de France, or loosely translated â€œTour of France.â€ After failing to win the race after 20 years and failing to sabotage Lance Armstrong for ten, pride was seemingly back in the French cycling world.
That is until the three race favorites Jan Ullrich of Germany, Ivan Basso of Italy and Francisco Mancebo leader of Franceâ€™s AG2R Prevoyance team were suspended after an investigation revealed indications of blood doping. Mancebo placed fourth in last yearâ€™s Tour.Ullrich, who is near the end of his career, has one win in 1997 and has finished second five times. He expressed he was not guilty of any wrong doing, saying he was â€œabsolutely shockedâ€ by the allegations adding â€œ-Shocked to find that gambling is going on in here!â€
The suspensions have now placed the trio of American cyclists Floyd Landis, George Hincapie, and Levi Leipheimer as potential front runners in the worldâ€™s most famous cycling race. Well, really the worldâ€™s only famous cycling race.
With 7 time winner Lance Armstrong retired from the â€œsportâ€, the French cycling team hoped that Mancebo would reclaim the prestigious title for the French for the first time in 20 years. Many insiders fear that rioting may ensue if an American cyclist wins the race for an eighth consecutive year, but to be fair, July 23, the scheduled conclusion of the Tour, does fall on Franceâ€™s monthly â€œRiot Sunday.â€
Back in the States, cycling enthusiasts worried that Armstrongâ€™s departure from the sport may cause a drop in cyclingâ€™s popularity are upbeat about the possibility of another U.S. victory. A spokesman for the Outdoor Life Network, television carrier of the race in the U.S., expressed optimism they would avoid this yearâ€™s dubious Emmy award for â€œBest coverage of a sport Americans care less about than Soccer.â€
Perennial Tour Champion, Lance Armstrong, a cancer survivor and post office icon, has also been the target of several performance enhancing drug allegations. When reached for comment at his home in Austin, Texas, Armstrong denied any and all implications of performance enhancing drug use, period, but made a strange qualifying reference to a B12 shot administered by Baltimore Orioles infielder, Miguel Tejada.Iâ€™ll be back later today with a Mets related post.
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This post was written by Dan in Texas on July 6, 2006