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Sport will never be clean until there’s nothing in it for the sports themselves

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After the publishing of the Usada’s findings in the Lance Armstrong case, the most worrying aspect for me is that the Union Cycliste International has continued to pursue a lawsuit for libel against Irish journalist Paul Kimmage. Kimmage, along with David Walsh, was at the frontline when it came to questioning the validity of Armstrong’s claims to be clean, even from his very first Tour de France victory in 1999. One would think that Kimmage would be vindicated by the Usada report, which supports the claim that the UCI covered up a suspect test during the 2001 Tour de Suisse. However, the governing body are continuing with the case. I guess it’s a question of pride for them, though Kimmage maintains they are seeking to silence him.

The problem is that cycling is still in a precarious position. Looking at the UCI’s 2011 financial reports show that shrinking TV contracts and a diminishing number of races are big threats to the sport. Interest is still high, the question is whether the corporations are willing to pay for it. I suppose they’re now paying for the era that precedes this one. Lance Armstrong’s seven Tour wins helped cycling immensely and the UCI needs the stink to come off or else it will not be able to sustain the pro cycling it has right now, let alone expand the sport. However, the stink will come off and the sport will expand because it seems to me that the paying public don’t care enough about drugs cheat to actually stop watching. There’s not enough of an incentive to change. Read the rest of this entry »

Written by Michael Farrow

October 20, 2012 at 12:06 pm

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