Alexandre Vinokourov has tested positive for blood doping. Astana have withdrawn from the Tour de France. Maybe now’s the time for the UCI to get really serious about drugs in cycling.
The current leader of the Tour, Denmark’s Michael Rasmussen, has been suspended from his national cycling team for having made the ‘administrative error’ of failing to comply with drugs-testing regulations. Yet he is still in the Tour.
Sorry, folks, élite athletes in a sport as drug-ridden as cycling should not be allowed to make administrative mistakes.
Meanwhile, I keep my fingers crossed that Vinokourov’s B-sample comes back clean.