Tour de France organizers have made radical changes to the 2013 event in an effort to ease the damage the race has suffered as a result of Lance Armstrong's doping scandal.
Race director Christian Prudhomme started the campaign this week to generate some much-needed positive publicity, unveiling a route of such difficulty and unpredictability that it left riders and commentators stunned.
Admittedly, it is a move that smacks of desperation, but that does not make it wrong. For these are indeed desperate times for cycling, and the specter of Armstrong's sinister dynasty of doom will still be in place next summer and beyond.
The extraordinary report compiled by the tireless United States Anti-Doping Agency didn't have any photographs, but served up the most chilling of images. The report contained details of Armstrong and others gaining an edge by pumping their veins with EPO and their own stored blood, then doses of saline to bamboozle the testers.
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