And my how things were shaken up a bit today. Other blogs have already reported about today’s surprises, so I won’t go into much detail. Suffice it to say I was pretty upset to hear that numerous riders, including the race favorites, were ruled out of the tour. Now it appears that, as originally suspected, Vinokourov and the Astana-Wurth team will be out of the race as well.
Locally, the Greenville News Link picked up this story pretty fast. Of course, they reported the story as it relates to hometown pro George Hincapie. No doubt this turn of events increases Hincapie’s chances of an overall win, but I still have a hard time seeing it as a positive development in any way. Yeah maybe George or Floyd or Levi will be on the podium now, but this type of scandal is bad for cycling as a whole, right? Overall it is pretty disgusting. Or is it? Will the public see this as a serious attempt to clean up the sport? Will they even care? At this point I just don’t know.