Is Bjarne Riis' doping admission good for cycling?
I'm all for honesty, after all, a once majestic sport in such a MESS has to be honest with itself. But should Bjarne have said what he did or kept his mouth shut?
I have mixed views on this. I lived for cycling for a period in my life and still love the spectacle of the Tour de France more than almost any other sporting 'exhibition', but cycling fans are currently faced, maybe with nothing more than we already knew, that the results are potentially a complete farce.
Riis was a man for being so honest, but he lost more than he gained, and so too I think did cycling.
We now know for sure what we feared all along... that our champions and heroes are frauds, cheats, irresponsible role-models... I could go on. Millions of cycling fans have lost the faint hope we held that there is some honesty left in our sport, not ten years later but at point of victory.
Fortunately only one champion has come 'out'. What would it mean for cycling if we were to learn for fact that , Merckx, Lemond, Hinault, Fignon, Delgado, Indurain, Roche, Rominger, Ullrich and the true great of world sport, Armstrong were, all along, cheating?
I know we have to look forward, maybe Riis knew what he had to do to save the sport, but I'd have preferred the illusion to live on.