Do we need more evangelical cheerleading and yelling about "catching the cheats" from politicians and supporters of a confected "war on doping" or some commonsense and critical reflection that makes athletes part of the solution - not all of the the problem?
If Cancer Jesus ever returns to Adelaide he can expect to be dragged from his private jet at the airport, hitched to the back of a truck with a rope, hauled into the city down Anzac Parade and his lifeless body hung for display from a light standard in Victoria Square while the crowds that once sang his praises to the sky bay for his blood. He doesn't deserve any better.
Since late 2008 Turtur has arguably been the most powerful man in Australian cycling and his seat at the table of the body responsible for the world-wide administration of cycling makes him one of the most powerful in world cycling.
I came across a few gems from Tomalaris that I thought would be useful to share, including: "I guess I fit in the category of those who have always admired Lance, and I confess, I have done so unashamedly. I feel his amazing record in life and sports speaks for itself."
Others in the Cycling Australia network also need to come clean about their participation - in many different ways - in the long-term corruption of Australian cycling. They need to reveal their roles in maintaining the Armstrong conspiracy and their role in inducting others into that system.
A look back into the dirty flood of money, drugs, power and rumour that swirl around cycling in Australia and elsewhere.
I do not know whether Flinders did pay Armstrong or any organisations associated with him for the use of the trademark LIVESTRONG™ or the other matters raised here ... I think it is important that these questions be asked – particularly because we know so little ... about the arrangements between Armstrong and the South Australian government and other agencies in that state.
These charges are baseless, motivated by spite and advanced through testimony bought and paid for by promises of anonymity and immunity. Although USADA alleges a wide-ranging conspiracy extended over more than 16 years, I am the only athlete it has chosen to charge. USADA’s malice, its methods, its star-chamber practices, and its decision to punish first and adjudicate later all are at odds with our ideals of fairness and fair play. I have never doped.
Surely it is now time for Mr Rann and his minions to finally cast Lance Armstrong adrift and start answering the many outstanding questions about the relationships between his government and Armstrong?
I won’t insult my readers by trawling through the sycophantic puffery that is passed off as serious commentary on Lance Armstrong in the Australia media. You can pick up plenty of that for yourself in the tabloids and on the TV. And the broadsheet coverage isn’t much better. Most of that reporting – and the guff spouted by politicians - treats Armstrong as if he was some God come to earth on two wheels to lead us into some glorious future after the “war” on cancer has been won.