Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Note to mainstream American sports reporters

We appreciate the publicity given to the upcoming Tour of California. However, you appear rather clueless when penning an opinion piece on something about which you have no clue.

I would wager that there are very few, if any, riders in the TOC who care at all (from a competition perspective) who receives the "Breakaway from Cancer Most Courageous jersey." And how exactly does the recipient of this jersey receive an unfair advantage over the rest of the field? More importantly, can Mr. Bradley even name a professional cyclist other than Greg Lemond, Lance Armstrong, and Floyd Landis?

Perhaps Mr. Bradley should take a page from his own book and admit that this jersey is simply a harmless and feelgood marketing tool being used by Amgen and by a sport desperate for sponsorship. (Sound familiar?)

And, as a bonus, unlike the LPGA, professional cycling in all parts of the world welcomes diversity of languages from its participants.

Unless, of course, that last statement was too politically correct for folks like Mr. Bradley?

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