I wish Dick Pound could just keep his mouth shut. In his quest for power over the UCI, he is willing to destroy cycling. Instead of congratulating Rabobank for making what must be an extremely tough decision to forgo a Tour de France victory and fire Michael Rasmussen without a positive test, Dick takes another shot at cycling.
Pound wants a “cycling summit” because obviously cycling can’t stop doping. I’d like to see a *ADA summit because they need to get their act together more than any one sport. What Dick should know is that fighting a problem like doping comes in phases.
- Problem is found and critical mass is reached
- New measures are put in place
- Cheats doubt measures and a few test the system
- Those who test the system are caught
- Remaining athletes say “darn, they’re serious!” Behavior changed.
I know the sixth step is someone goes back to the lab to devise a better system to evade detection. The fact that we have teams and fellow riders involved at an unprecedented level is encouraging. Maybe that’s what is bothering Pound. He is not the big dog in the fight against doping. If teams and riders can nip the problem and keep it under control, then Pound will not have anyone who wants to put him on TV. Funny thing he seems to be addicted to the camera. Is there a test for excessive levels of press conferencing?