The Surreal Life- Professional Cycling Style
UCI president Pat McQuaid was recently quoted as saying:
There is a clash going on at the moment between two cultures. The Anglo-Saxon culture and what I might call the 'Mafia' Western European culture [meaning Belgium, France, Italy and Spain - ed.]. The Western European culture has to some extent, I won't say condoned doping, but because of their culture in life, the way they deal with everything else in life, they accept certain practices. The Anglo-Saxon cultures, which would be the Netherlands, Germany, England, Denmark, are the complete opposite. They have a completely different approach to the doping problem. I feel that it's very important that at the end of the day, the Anglo-Saxon approach wins out. If it doesn't, then the sport is doomed.
What? What? Isn't Millar English? He doped. Jan- German- they won't let him race because he supposedly doped.
In response, Italian cycling federation president Renato Di Rocco was quoted as saying:
First of all, I would like to say that I find the French progress against doping very profound and valid. We will look to follow that example. As to the Anglo-Saxon model cited by McQuaid, we will try to stay away as much as we can from the Australian or the Canadian models - they, too, are Anglo-Saxon.
What was that? The French? Did he miss the whole Cofidis trial a couple of months ago? French team, many French riders. What the hell did Australia and Canada do to him?
This thing is not limited to a certain nationality. Pull your heads out of your asses and fix this crap before you kill our sport.
I don't care about the UCI.
I don't care about the Pro Tour.
I don't care about the organizers inability to invite their home-not-always-the-best teams to their home races-
I want to see clean riders racing against quality fields at good races. Is it really that hard? Battles like this through the press are at best comical, at worst they reveal how stupid these people can be and how little they seem to care.
Neither "side" is right. The Pro Tour only makes sense if there is some type of consequence for performing poorly, like relegation in soccer. Why do all the Pro Tour teams have to do all of the races? A team like Quick Step has no interest in doing every single stage race. The big tours need the UCI and the teams. Isn't there enough money to go around?
To borrow a quote from Carlos Mencia: "Dee Dee Dee."
Quotes from cyclingnews.com.