Regrettably, it is now business “as usual” for the cycling calendar of 2021. Reports are surfacing that the 118th edition of the Paris-Roubaix is to be either outright called off or, at the very least, postponed until later in the year, in response to a rapid rise in coronavirus cases throughout northern France.
Oh, to be a pro cyclist! Chris Froome has recently finished up a two-week training camp on the island of Tenerife and spoke to the press about the good form of the riders around him as they go into the early races of the year. After finishing up on the island, he and the rest of the Israel Start-Up Nation team will hop on over to Spain for the Volta a Catalunya, as he works his way toward his big goal of the year – the Tour de France. It’s like being on holiday 24-7, isn’t it? Where’s my two-week island cycling vacation?
Famed British cyclist Bradley Wiggins had added his voice to the swell of noise emanating from the official news of Team Sky doctor Richard Freemans guilty verdict late last week. The former Team Sky (now INEOS Grenadiers) and British Cycling doctor has recently been found guilty of acquiring a testosterone-boosting agent called Testogel and it has been decided by the court that this gel was distributed to a rider under his medical authority to enhance performance in a professional setting. The Tour de France winner says that the Freeman case “stinks to high heaven” and that a further investigation into what went down with the Testogel acquisition and distribution is clearly needed.
We have long been privy to the fact that there’s cheating in cycling. It’s a professional sport happening right now, so of course there’s a degree of cheating involved. That desperate desire for victory that drives people to reach the very tops of sports worlds is the same desire that pushes people into the darker world of cheating and performance enhancers when things don’t appear to be going the way of victory. It often comes as a surprise to the layman to see athletes looking glum or even outright depressed while having a silver medal placed round their neck – “hey, you’re still the SECOND best in the world! Out of nearly eight billion, second isn’t so bad, hey?” It is. When you’re that close to first, second sucks.
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