CSC's Bjarne Riis predicts that the 2008 Tour de France will be "the cleanest Tour of all time." Now, that sounds awfully familiar. Where have I heard that before? Oh, right, it was in the months leading up to the 2007 Tour.
Remember when everyone said that the one good thing about the Landis fiasco was that it would at least mean a clean 2007 Tour? They said that everyone would know that the spotlight was on and that no one would dare try to get away with anything under those circumstances. Ya, that didn't end up working out so well did it?
So, here we go again. The 2007 Tour was not the cleanest Tour of all time - quite the contrary. But here we go again predicting that next year will be better. It's like a cheating boyfriend - "I promise honey, that was the last time, it's going to be different from now on."
Riis goes on to say that "Much work has been done in the fight against doping. All teams should follow our example, because we have a strict anti-doping programme." And again, this is sounding strangely familiar to me. Where have I heard that before? Oh, right, sounds a lot like messaging that came out of the T-Mobile team prior to positive doping tests coming from Sergei Honchar and Patrik Sinkewitz.
You guys know that I do my best to stay positive about the effects of doping on the sport of cycling. I try to be optimistic. I love cycling and most of the time I don't let the doping garbage get in the way of my enjoyment. But sometimes it just gets ya down when you start to feel like nothing every changes.
What do you guys think? Will 2008 be the cleanest Tour of all time?