I agree its good to hear from those outside the sport but,frankly 99.999% of the british public and media are not at all interested in the sport and never ever will be. In fact, I suspect there is a conscious effort amongst the general press to see the sport killed off altogether. It just doesnt fit with the popular image of motormad, football psycho, easy team-sport britain.
In the closing stages last week there were almost no mentions in the general sports news of Landis' epic ride or his eventual victory. It certainly never made the headlines but, hey, his testosterone level is up and this makes it straight to the top of the list! If the press are right, and nobody in Britain is interested, why should they be interested in this?
Contrast this with the treatment of the track athletes who have been caught in recent years, with far more concrete testing evidence than is now available against Landis. The accusations were treated with resounding indignation by the press - how dare somebody accuse our beautiful, squeaky clean runners?
I believe drugs are used to some extent in every sport at a high level where money is involved and the difference is that cycling tests for it properly rather than the random approach taken by other sporting bodies.
Anyway, why would you need drugs just to play a couple of games of football a week?! England players have complained in the past that the commitments of the domestic scene leaves them too tired for internationals. What would they do faced with 3 weeks of continual competition of 5 or 6 hours a day - on top of an already heavy racing schedule?
Lastly, when its given proper consideration, what would be the point of Landis taking testosterone in the middle of the Tour? Its a growth hormone that is used to enlarge muscles over a long training period, not provide an instant boost for one stage, its dead easy to detect and he would know he would be tested for sure. Hello?
Didnt notice the "in-depth" news coverage pointing that out last night!