Other stuff to be angry about today (with chorizo pic)
That dopey Spaniard. Three-time Tour de France winner Alberto Contador has been banned for two years, and is now officially just a two-time Tour de France winner, after copping a two year ban for drug use.
Contador was overnight stripped of his 2010 Tour win by the Court of Arbitration for Sport for testing positive to the banned anabolic agent clenbuterol. The Spaniard says he ingested the substance by eating contaminated steak.
Sure he did. The Punch has dined on more than occasion at a delightful tapas bar near our office and we can say with some confidence that both the chorizo and the steak was steroid free.
So should we be angry with Contador? yes. But we should be angrier still at the sport of cycling, which is the most recalcitrant sport in the world with regard to serial drug abuse? Also yes.
Admittedly, cycling’s ruling body, the UCI, pushed for the Contador case to go to sport’s highest court after the Spaniard’s national federation let him off, but let’s get wheel about this. The sport stinks.
Not to say that Australia’s Tour de France champ Cadel Evans is any way even slightly tainted with the merest sniff of dodginess, but the sport has been on the nose for years. Only Lance Armstrong’s staunchest supporters today maintain that he is squeaky clean.
Bottom line, there is a good case not just to suspend Contador for two years but two suspend all international cycling. That’d clean things up.
What else are we ma-a-a-a-a-d about today?
Goats. Listen, you might think the nanny state runs our lives. But that’s nothing compared with how this nanny goat ran rings around the cops in Melbourne.
Those cops were a little fetta than they might have been. No kidding.
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