As sure as death and no new taxes, American sports fans are always convinced that the people who run sports here are dimwits. Well, yes, we have occasionally had some real nincompoops in charge of various professional American sports, and not even Pericles could successfully manage the NCAA, but in point of fact, our domestic sports are a paragon of efficiency and integrity compared to the way international athletic organizations are managed.
The Italian Olympic Committee (CONI) have confirmed they are to investigate the circumstances surrounding cyclist Riccardo Ricco's admission to hospital over the weekend, amid reports the 27-year-old told doctors he had given himself a blood transfusion.
Alberto Contador has been banned for one-year by the Spanish cycling federation (RFEC) after testing positive for the banned anabolic agent clenbuterol on his way to winning last year's Tour de France.
Tour of Spain runner-up Ezequiel Mosquera and his Xacobeo team-mate David Garcia Da Pena have tested positive for banned substances during the race, the Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI) revealed on Thursday.
Lance Armstrong's RadioShack cycling team must go before a disciplinary hearing after delaying the final stage of the Tour de France on Sunday when team members "[breached] the regulations governing riders' clothing," the International Cycling Union said.
Who will crash on the early, cobbled sections of this year's Tour de France, which starts in Rotterdam on Saturday? Can Alberto Contador repeat as champion, despite being surrounded by less talent on this year's Astana team? Does Lance Armstrong, two months shy of his 39th birthday, riding in his final Tour and under the shadow of a federal investigation, have even an outside shot at winning No. 8?
Cyclist Floyd Landis has acknowledged using performance-enhancing drugs for most of his career after disputing for years a positive doping test result that led to his suspension from the sport, two news organizations reported on Thursday.
Spanish climbing specialist Iban Mayo became the latest rider to fail a drugs test after it was revealed he had tested positive for EPO during the Tour de France, it was announced by his Saunier Duval team on Monday.
Spanish cyclist Oscar Pereiro, who was second to drug-tainted Floyd Landis in the 2006 Tour de France, tested positive for the banned substance salbutamol during the race, French newspaper Le Monde has claimed on its website.
Some of the testosterone found in Tour de France winner Floyd Landis' "A" sample is from an external source and not his body's, the New York Times said on Tuesday, quoting an unidentified International Cycling Union official.