Yesterday, I posted about Alexandre Vinokourov's amazing wins in Saturday's time trial and on Monday's stage from Foix to Loudenvielle.
Today, the news comes that Vino has tested positive for homologous blood transfusion after Saturday's time trial. He was immediately dismissed by his team and his entire team has dropped out of the Tour.
At this point, I can't help but think that this is going to ultimately affect many of the other teams' sponsorship, media coverage of the race and many other things. I had hoped that we could make it through this year without any huge scandals.
One man is not going to bring down the entire tour, but he did just make life far more difficult for the entire professional cycling community. I can see the effects of this rippling down to the developmental teams, making it more difficult for talented riders to progress.