Today is Groundhog Day. In the town of Punxsutawney in Pennsylvania a small rodent is used as a portent for the fate of the upcoming spring . The groundhog has just announced an early spring.
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The term took on a new meaning following the 1993 film “Groundhog Day” where a character played by Bill Murray goes to bed each day only to wake up find that he can’t start a new day, instead he is condemned to repeat the previous day, waking up to the same radio chat, to see people in town do the same things.
I can’t help feel the world of cycling is the same. Right now we wake up to allegations of doping in the Tour de France, every winner going back to the 1990s is under suspicion, save for Carlos Sastre. Each day the accusations fly, recriminations are traded and we’re no closer to settling the past events. Similarly it feels like not a day goes by without organisational bungling at the top of the sport.
On a day when we should be turning towards the spring, it’s proving hard to escape the past.