Two quick points I’ve been thinking about. Too long to put on Twitter, too short for a separate blog post. Here goes…
The Cancellara electric bike story was one of the most read items on here in the Spring, especially since I think the Inner Ring was first to break the story in English. The story was preposterous and if you still have your doubts, note Cancellara won in the Tour de France and the Worlds after his bike was scanned.
All rumours need a hook, something to hang the story on. In this case we had a strong performance, the technological possibility and a bike change. But above all we had a sport that ofen struggles to maintain its dignity. The idea of a hidden engine was able to take root because people thought “hey, this is cycling, anything’s possible“. Endless revelations of cheating means news of electric bikes is just seen as a new chapter in the dark history of the sport.
What’s amazing is that despite the never-ending scandal, even deaths, the sport is still standing.
Landis, Lance and the Tour of Switzerland
I read the Velocast blog today and want to pick up on the bit that says:
“When speaking about the allegations over whether Lance Armstrong tested positive during the Tour of Switzerland and paid to have it kept secret, Pat McQuaid said that it would be impossible to hide such as result. “
Impossible to hide such a result? Perhaps but let’s note we’re only talking about the Contador affair because it leaked out. Until a German journalist got a tip-off, the UCI was keeping this under wraps. Perhaps the news would have come out in time via official channels. But is it “impossible” to hide a result?