Is it just me or has the Tour de France become less of a bike racing competition, and more of Thunderdome or the Kumite (from Bloodsport, if you recall)? The only difference is that instead of chainsaws attached to the Thunderdome cage, or a giant Chong Li to eliminate opponents, there are syringes and blood tests. It seems that the winner of this Tour is going to be the last clean dope test standing. It's almost as if nobody cares who wins the stage, but who gets nicked for doping. Which i guess isn't too different from any other Tours, but there's just more of a spotlight on it, given the whole Roid Landis thing.
My biggest question is: how stupid are these riders that are getting busted? I would assume that if you're a professional rider that you pay a lot of attention to what's been going on in that sport for the past few years and that they are seriously trying to crack down on the dopers. One Kazakh rider (no, his name isn't Borat, and he wasn't riding the Tour on a donkey) got busted for an illegal blood transfusion. How do you not know that you're going to get nailed for that? I guess his "doctors" (read: dope dealers) said the testers will never figure it out. Who knows? Don't they know how to beat these tests? What are they using, 1970s steroids? jeez, c'mong guys, at least make it a competition!
Anyways, on to more important things like there are 37 days until Penn State football begins!