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john davies
notes from a small vicar
from a parish
in Liverpool, UK

    Saturday, July 28, 2007
    Excess doping mars Tour de France
     
    This year's Tour de France has been hit by a scandalous excess of doping, as jobbing journalists who'd previously never been near professional cycling pour onto the roads of France to file inane reports about the sport's supposed demise, at such ludicrous speed as to raise the suspicions of the world's 'clean' writers.

    Many are helicoptering in to the race directly after broadcasting reports which raised isolated water-shortage incidents in Gloucestershire to the level of national moral panics, a firm indication that these so-called reporters are operating at such high levels of dimness that it could destroy the integrity of their profession.

    Though the results of their 'Liggett' Tests are still awaited it seems clear that journo after journo are likely to be found guilty of performing ludicrously. Having spewed out thousands of words in praise of the glory and bright future of Le Tour after its massively successful London / Kent start, they now condemn it. Either their minds have been affected by performance-reducing drugs or they are just plain stupid all the time.

    In denial of the reality of drug abuse in all major sports, the media dopiness continues. Ignoring the lead being taken by cycling's governing body and its teams in cleaning itself up, the headlines continue to be made by reporters pumped-up on their addiction to controversy. And so tomorrow as the athletes end their three-week endurance race on the Champs-Élysées it seems likely that the honest endeavours of trusted journalists on Le Tour will be undermined by the shrill stupidities emanating from attention-seeking Sunday supplement columnists.