Originally Posted by Dr. Maserati
If a British (or Sky rider) was caught - mainland Europe would shrug, the new fans in the US (if there are any left) wouldn't even know who it was. It would be another embarrassment for true cycling fans, of whatever nationality, but they will remain.
It would be only big in Britain.
Pro Cycling will never die - but it is at rock bottom and has been there some time now. Races going under, merry go round of sponsors, dodgy sponsors (Pegasus), falling participation in racing at entry level.
it's not. global cycling growth has been enormous for many years now and viewing numbers for big races are too. the tour is the biggest it's ever been.
I remember in 1998, people said it's the end of cycling/tour. 1998 became the most watched tour up to then. in fact festina sold more watches in 1998 then they ever did since, because of that. that's also why the continued as a sponsor.
in the end people don't care for doping. it's like pro-wrestling people like the action and suspense of disbelief. vino is the most popular cyclist and everyone knows he has doped, that doesn't make him any less popular. I dare say even to the contrary, because he came back and kicked everyone's ***. I was at the giro start in amsterdam. the people when vino started went more nuts then all the other cyclists combined. something I've never seen in bike race before.
the balco and mlb doping case. since then mlb crowd attedances have bene bigger than ever. more merchandise sold than ever and viewing numbers.
in bodybuilding you have 2 forms of competition. the one clean and the one where you can use wat you want. which do you think is the biggest and most popular you think?
don't let what a few idiots in the clinic think and want shroud your judgement.