The entire doping aspect to professional bicycling makes it hard to take any of it seriously. But when one of the biggest media houses in Denmark, TV2, hires one of those dopers as expert during the biggest biking event in the world, then you can’t help, but question the entire organization and their approach to moral and professionalism.
Bjarne Riis is a Dane who won Tour De France back in 1996. More than 10 years later in 2007, after endless line of denials that the ever used doping, Riis was forced to confess that we too was using performance enhancement drugs when he won Tour De France in 1996. His confession came after number of his former team-mates and doctors admitted their wrongdoing.
Alone that should be enough for TV2 not to even consider him for position of expert commentator. The findings from Anti Doping Danmark exposed just week before he was hired by TV2 should most certainly have put the idea of Riis as an expert commentator, to the ground. But no…
Anti Doping Danmark exposed, that while he was working as a manager at Team CSC, Riis chose not to react to the fact that his bikers at Team CSC were using doping as well.
These kind of choices make it difficult to take TV2’s approach to coverage of Tour De France seriously and it most definitely castes a negative shadow on TV2’s reporting of news and journalism in general.
To make the whole episode even a bigger farce, after a weak presentation from some of Christopher Froon’s competitors Riis decided to call them amateurs who don’t belong in a Tour De France. Coming from someone who has repeatedly cheated and lied about breaking the rules of this sport, it just comes across as ridicules and arrogant. Taking into consideration that he was at the time employed by TV2 this also rubs off on them.
There is’t much to make me smile about this farce, so I’ll turn to good ol’ Willie Nelson for that.
I think it is just terrible and disgusting how everyone has treated Lance Armstrong,
especially after what he achieved, winning seven Tour de France races while on drugs.
When I was on drugs, I couldn’t even find my bike.