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The international sporting community is in shock today following news that a cyclist, Luxembourg rider Frank Schleck, tested positive to a banned substance at the Tour de France yesterday.
Schleck, who finished third in last year’s event, became the first cyclist since Monday to fail a drug test at the event.
“Cycling lost its innocence today” esteemed commentator Phil Ligget said as coverage of Le Tour cut to a shot of the picturesque Pyranees to distract viewers from the clearly visible doping being undertaken in the peloton.
Other experts laughed off suggestions that drug use was rampant in world cycling. “Every year there is some random guy, who may or may not have a background in cycling, who comes from obscurity to lead the most grueling sporting event on the planet and people automatically assume it’s drugs.”
The scandal follow news that Floyd Landis was on his training wheels just days before winning the 2006 Tour de France.