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I read the article in total disbelief. Not disbelief of the Pedro Delgado drug controversy, but disbelief that a publication of your caliber would consider three mediocre columns of "biker-bashing" to be coverage of a 21-day, world-class event. There are approximately 200 banned substances on the Tour. For instance, a dose of the over-the-counter medication NyQuil contains enough pseudoepinephrine for disqualification. Alexander Wolff's leading line portrays a drug-driven cyclist weaving past a finish line. That simply wasn't so. I am glad that professional cycling takes itself seriously enough to constantly test for drugs.
I am saddened and angered that SI could find nothing better to report about the world's greatest bicycle race than that the eventual winner was accused of violating the International Cycling Union's banned substance list. Delgado tested positive for traces of probenecid, a substance not yet banned by the UCI. As opposed to what your subtitle says, he did not fail a drug test, he passed it. I don't condone drug use, but the fact is, Delgado played by the rules and won.
You stated that Delgado "wouldn't be taking probenecid for any reason other than to hide steroid use, unless he had gout...." While this drug is used to treat gout, and can mask the use of anabolic steroids, it is also used to enhance the effects of penicillin and other antibiotics. The only way to be sure why Delgado would be taking probenecid would be to ask his doctor.
?They are, from left to right, discus thrower Mike Buncic, hammer throwers Ken Flax and Ed Burke, shot-putter Al Feuerbach, discus throwers Wolfgang Schmidt and Paul Blissard, shot-putter Brian Oldfield, Paraguayan junior discus thrower Ramon Jimenez, shot-putter August Wolf, shot-putter-discus thrower Mike Weeks, and discus throwers Mac Wilkins and John Powell.—ED.