[begin horrific rant]
And by saying that, I don't want to dis domestiques.
Neither do I mean to open up a can of... whatever, but why do we care that (as is stated in a Procycling.com article) Cadel Evans isn't at top form and therefore won't ride the Worlds TT (but will ride the road race)? I have nothing against the guy, and yes he was a great MTB pilot. But I'm sorry, what has Evans done in the past 2 years, besides earn top dollar for occasional domestique duties, to earn him even a single line of print? Granted he's had injury trouble, incl. however many collarbone breaks, but every chance he's had to ride for himself he's been... to put it nicely, not noteworthy in the least. So he won the Tour of Austria a few years back. Once. Not recently. Now that we don't have to read absurd amounts of print about David Millar anymore (yeah, as if he ever had a chance to finish on the podium..feh), can we get rid of the rest of the underachievers too? I don't mean I want all Lance all the time, that would be - I mean, is- boring. But give us more on Boonen, more Nozal, Azevedo, Kloden; more McGee, Valverde, Scarponi, etc. Sorry, no upcoming youngish French riders come to mind- I'm sick of hearing how Chavanel has 'potential,' if so then let him finish in the top 5 at a Grand Tour. He's what, 27 now? Hardly an espoir... And Voeckler will have to actually win a race sometime to prove himself fully- sure he's got guts and did the Maillot Jaune proud, but is he a talented rider?
[rant continues] Forget Ullrich, Botero, Van Den Broucke. They're done, finished; let's hear about riders who work hard, instead of resting on tattered laurels. Screw cheaters like Museeuw, Virenque, and Pantani- aside from exposing their crimes, why give them press? Seems a bit ridiculous. Let's get into what cycling is all about, and not let sponsors tell us what the next interesting story is.[/rant]
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