Conquista - The Cycling Quarterly Issue 2 - Page 124

A Miscellany of Le Tour de France Midnight Cowboy 10 9 8 2006 11 12 1 2006 As a kid, Floyd Landis was a determined lad. He would sneak out of his house in the dead of night whilst his family slept. When his father found out he assumed he was involved in illicit activities and was determined to catch him out. 2 3 7 6 The Bubble Bursts 5 4 His crime? Cycling, of course. Landis Senior disapproved of his son’s sport, even banning him from wearing lycra shorts as they were against his religion. He eventually relented and became his biggest supporter, but his hunch about illicit exploits proved true – Landis’ epic 74-mile solo break raised suspicions and he was kicked off the tour for doping A Miscellany of Le Tour de France 2007 2007 Doping cyclists were starting to crawl out the woodwork thick and fast and enough was enough. France Soir served a death notice on the Tour saying “The Tour de France died on 25th July 2007, at the age of 104, after a long illness. The Tour is clinically dead. It is a broken toy, a burst soap bubble popped by careless kids, unaware that they are damaging themselves, their health and their childhood dreams as well.” Bradley Wiggins reiterated “The Tour has lost all credibility. It’s null and void as far as I’m concerned”. 124