maybe i will order a Cadel Evans instead. Apparently he is rumored over here in Belgium to be the only clean yellow jersey contender at the moment. I'd also like to think that Levi Leipheimer is clean considering there is talk that he is Vegetarian - when he's not vegan at home!
I plan to keep my Tommeke, though. I'd imagine that anyone as outspoken as he's been lately would most likely be drug-free during the Tour. And it helps Boonen's cardboard case that he is waaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaay easy on the eyes! Yeah, total hottie (if you overlook the mini-mullet action.) On another note, did you know that New York uses the word "shlong" in lieu of "mullet"? It stands for short-long. I found out, though, that this word is not widely used - or rather has another meaning, when I got some bizarre stares after using it in California.
Of course I am not surprised by Vino's positive test and Chicken's departure, but it hurt nonetheless.
I didn't know Vino personally, but I still felt personally betrayed by him. OK, maybe betrayed is a little overdramatic. How about if I call it "disappointed".
To many - including me, Vino was a courageous hero. His aggressive racing style that livened up otherwise dull races (think back to last year's ride into Paris, for instance) was an inspiration. Every time he would attack the charging peloton for the win, it was proof that dreams can come true if you take a chance.
Vino prooved that wheel followers are just that. By following wheels, you will make it to 3rd place on the podium at the TdF - assuming it is a drug-busting year. But if you want that coveted top spot, it takes determination and a truckload of GUTS!
When the news went public that Vino tested positive, I was teary-eyed. Again, I wasn't surprised after watching him pull a Landis (or a Hamilton) two times in the tour to snag those two victories, but I was disappointed. It was as if my belief in him was just a fantasy; maybe it is not possible for dreams to come true when fueled solely with hard work, guts and determination.
Any bets on who will win the tour? Do keep in mind Cadel's sentiment that there is no prize for the highest placed clean rider.