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What will you say?

I can't get it out of my head. As I spun it out today after my ride with Dubba getting our cross juices flowing it came across my iPod....

Mother dear, the world's gone cold
No one cares about love anymore

Jeff Buckley WAILING away on this rarely heard song. All about hard core realizations about place on earth; place in and around your loved ones. Heavy duty stuff. But alas...

I'm thinking the Tour. My love for the sport....

Does anyone care about the Tour any more? I love it with everything I've got, but this year will have to be it for me. It was this mental line in the sand I've drawn.

I resisted....but got caught up at the end. Only when I heard Carlos may be close did I jump back in and listen. All due props and respect to Christian and the, ah Garmin...boys mind you, but there's something about Carlos that I feel is transparent and at the core good.

Make it so. Don't let me hear of a Floyd-like post podium debacle, Carlos. Allow my lady and I to go and see it next year as I become SUPER FAN on the slopes of some God-forsaken hill in France or Italy or Spain (wherever the sickness is to go down). I did get a vibe that the peloton is now self regulating. Identifying the p.o.s.'s out there and throwing upon them the due cross hairs. That boy and girl of yours, Carlos, on the podium: never let them doubt you. Never let them tilt their heads sideways and say 'huh?' What is doping, daddy? I think that the last time trial was real. Absolutely exhausted athletes who have not been able to myst-raculously recover in a night's time to drop the hammer upon the skulls of your nemeses.

My heart can't take this anymore...
What will you say?

Carlos, my friend. Ensure it is real.

Photo Credit: Graham Watson.

Reader Comments (5)

This is the first year I didn't watch a single stage... until I see change I'm done with euro pros. Real racing starts right here with the working class people until my faith in the "professionals" returns.

July 28, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterKris

Its sad to say that we now lye in wait for the aftershocks. Will there be a big one? Will one of the jersey holders fail a test? I hope not but this is what being a fan is about these days. Fingers crossed

July 28, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterbikingbadger

I couldn't agree more with your assessment of Sastra...being, at the core, something good. When I watched the podiums Sunday with near tears in my eyes, I had all those same thoughts!

July 28, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterCyclo-Konijn

I've had the same thoughts, I'd like to believe that the podium finishers and such are now clean but I find myself checking the headlines in the days after to see if anything comes up because...face it, it's expected now. But for the sake of the sport and my love for it I hope we don't see another positive on the podium or near it. Then again, hope is in short supply lately so we'll have to see.

July 29, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterZoo

Greg, other readers,

I agree about Sastre, 100 percent. Have you all BEEN to the Tour?

The Tour is as much about ITSELF as it is the riders who participate...even those who win. It's the greatest sporting event in the world, and quite frankly it is not possible to disqualify the Tour of that mark due to if all other major sporting events in the world AREN'T tarnished by doping as well. The Tour, thankfully, happens to care enough, gamble it's existence on testing and positives. would the Monaco GP do this? the world cup of soccer? the superbowl?

And Kris, to think that "racing starts right here with the working class". It's a sadly american view of the sport, especially interesting because racing in America is anything but working class.

July 29, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

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