LOVE AND DESPAIR AMONGST THE FANS February 14, 2008Posted by wetalkhablamos in cycling fans, team astana, tour de france.
Tags: team astana, tour de france, valentines day
14th February and it’s St Valentine’s Day again.
Even my Spanish language calendar is exuding love at me. Te quiero, cariño. I love you, darling, it will whisper all day from the bookshelf.
Love and passion is a theme this morning on the forums and messages boards inhabited by fans of Alberto Contador and Team Astana.
In disbelief and anger at ASO’s decision yesterday to exclude Astana from the Tour de France, fans have laid bare their hearts and souls. I would walk to the ends of the earth and through hot coals for you.
What a pity this loyalty isn’t echoed from within the pro-cycling community itself. None have spoken out to support their fellow cyclists. It’s tough shit, mate, but hey, more chance for us.
My excitement for the Tour de France has slowly cooled since 2005, Lance’s last. I didn’t realise then, but a line had been drawn. Nothing has come close (so far) to the sublime pride for Lance and his wonderful team. We’d been together for a long time, team and fan. They were my special friends.
A year later, Chechu fell out of love with the Tour. We saw it in his face, his emotional distress captured in a quiet moment by Liz Kreutz. Yes, we know he was sick and the daily effort was really hard for him. But Operacion Puerto had broken his spirit. Still without resolution, it’s broken the peloton too.
I didn’t watch the Tour much last year, Chechu was in China. I didn’t miss it. And neither will the fans who plan to boycott this year’s event.
You have to believe in the Tour de France. It demands your passion and resolute faith. It seizes your heart and soul. And when you lose that feeling, it’s gone forever.
ASO have excluded new Astana whilst inviting teams who equally brought the race into disrepute last year. They’re exposed as hypocrites and not for the first time. They have turned a blind eye to doping for decades.
For many of us, the magic of this Gallic dinosaur is waning. And that can only be good for cycling.
California dreamin’, anyone?
Together, our voice is strong. Please leave your comments below, we promise to use them positively to support Chechu’s team.
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