A Tour That Was Hard to Ignore

Our own John Murphy sends along a great story about theĀ 2011 Tour de France…

Wasn’t this supposed to be a Tour to Ignore?

Who had the stomach for another gut punch? Professional cycling had tormented its fan base. Repeated performance-enhancing scandals, apologies, accusations, investigations and denials had cast too many long, inexcusable shadows over a beautiful sport. It was hard to compartmentalize, to rationalize, to believe. And forget about defending a cycling habit to baffled friends.

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