Now that the Landis hearing has come to a close, and we're all waiting patiently by the TBV website to hear news of a decision, I feel like I've just woken up from a long dream. I rub my eyes and look around, remembering that the rest of the cycling world still exists.
And I find that apparently the entire Telekom Team was doping throughout most of the 90's.
Erik Zabel, Brian Holm, and, today, CSC team owner and manager Bjarne Riis, have all come out this week and admitted to doping during their time as Team Telekom members in the 1990's.
And, I suppose this snuffs out any tiny, lingering hope that any of us may have been clinging to that Jan wasn't doping as well. Ah, well.
This depresses me today. I have to go to a BBQ tonight and I am not looking forward to the taunting that will no doubt take place from those friends who have always turned up their noses at pro cycling as the sport of dopers.
Stories like today's make it harder and harder for me to defend the sport and the athletes that I love so much. At some point do we have to bow to the masses and agree that they're all doping and the whole sport is a big sham?
I just don't have it in me today. Help me out guys, remind me why cycling is so special - I need a boost.