Tour de France is not a sport
Generally speaking I enjoy watching sports because I like to see my team winning.
The exception to this rule is the Tour de France.
I follow this event every single year to see people lose.
The victories in this long race are never as gratifying to witness as failures.
News recaps each night don’t concentrate on stage winners or team tactics, they stick to the crashes, the allegations of cheating and all the riders’ temper explosions.
Even if your interest in sports is very little, you will enjoy the Tour de France.
We watch it to see how it goes wrong, and Tour de France goes wrong all the time in every direction.
Baseball and basketball can take a nap knowing that even with all the drugs allegations, they will never go as low as cycling.
Drug use is profuse in the Tour de France.
Each year scandals overshadow the event as riders are kicked out for failing drug tests.
Then they accuse other riders and the controversy starts to get lot more coverage than the cycling itself.
And that is what we enjoy.
But drugs are not the only cheating method they use.
The racers do blood doping.
That involves a transfusion of blood rich in red blood cells either from a donor or from the racer himself, so that the blood oxygenates better while riding.
Lance Armstrong was accused by former teammates of blood doping.
Drug abuse is intrinsic to cycling and the constant accusations among rival riders and even teammates leads to a lot more fight that any other sport.
Professional cyclists hate each other and when they’re not busy hating each other, they hate microphones and cameras and race officials.
There is so much outspoken animosity among riders in the Tour de France that calling it a rivalry sounds too benevolent.
Just like a game of Mario Kart, it doesn’t matter how phenomenal a racer is in the Tour de France, objects in the road are always the great equalizer.
Crashes on the Tour can be career-ending and the fault can lie with something as simple as a Coke bottle.
With consequences that high, accidents are the most memorable parts of every Tour de France.
The irony is that sometimes the media coverage is exactly what causes the accidents.
Biking is boring to watch unless there is a threat of mortal peril.
The Tour de France offers that perpetual threat around every turn.
the world must know the truth!