It is car-crash fascinating — and very sad — watching professional cycling die in realtime. The main cause remains blood doping, but the recent troubles are tied to a Spanish investigation last year that implicated many top riders — some of whom continue to ride:
Cycling’s biggest doping probe is dividing the sport as teams hire riders linked to the investigation by Spanish police.
Some race organizers say riders like Ivan Basso and Tyler Hamilton should stay away until their cases are resolved. Basso now rides for Discovery Channel, part-owned by seven-time Tour de France champion Lance Armstrong. Olympic gold medalist Hamilton has signed with Tinkoff Credit Systems.
“Cycling is at a junction: we can either go the way of entertainment-style wrestling in the U.S. or the way of a credible sport,” says Victor Cordero, general director of the Tour of Spain.