Tour de Transfusion
By Dan O'Donnell
I never in a million years saw this one coming. A huge shocker from the Tour de France, as star rider Alexandre Vinokourov learns today that he had tested positive for an illegal blood transfusion known as homologous blood doping after his win in Saturday's individual time trial. His team, Astana, has withdrawn from the Tour.
I suppose I should be outraged at this latest scandal, but instead I find myself feeling apathetic. Is there actually anyone in this race who doesn't cheat? It's pretty obvious that darn near all of these guys fly down the road higher than Lindsay Lohan, and the three dopes a year who test positive for blood doping are just the three who weren't smart enough not to get caught.
Still, with NBA refs shaving points (allegedly), Michael Vick fighting dogs (allegedly), and Barry Bonds about to hit 756 with a syringe sticking out of his buttocks (asterisk-egedly), a juiced-up Kazakh won't get me to care one way or another about the Tour...unless it's Borat. High five!