Thanks Lance, George, Tom, Christian....

Dear Pro Cyclists,

Thank you to all those pros for stepping out (not sarcastic here) and telling the truth (even though many of you were forced). Your actions are the start of cleaning up your level of the sport. Unfortunately your lies are ruining your reputation with your sponsors like Rabobank as they mentioned today they will no longer sponsor any Professional Cycling teams BUT they will continue to support recreational cycling

From ESPN

THE HAGUE, Netherlands -- Dutch bank Rabobank is ending its long sponsorship of professional cycling, saying "the trust in the cycling world has gone" following publication of the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency's report detailing performance-enhancing drug use by seven-time Tour de France champion Lance Armstrong.

The bank said Friday that it will halt 17 years of sponsoring men's and women's professional teams at the end of 2012.

From their website

Rabobank invests in cycling. This investment is not limited to sponsoring professional teams, but also extends to promoting and supporting recreational cycling in its broadest sense throughout the Netherlands. All these activities are carried out under the auspices of the 'Rabo Cycling Plan'.

I don't praise the death of professional cycling even though your damage may be hard to restore but I do hope more sponsors turn their dollars away from the pros and redirect them back towards grass roots cycling.

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not that all the doping

not that all the doping doesn't suck... I am by no means on the side of dopers... but has anyone looked at a NFL team photo from the 1980's vs today?? I would wager that all the money lance made in his career doesn't match up to 1/10 what nfl guys are making these days.. just wondering why the spotlight is shone so heavily on a sport that up until 8-10 yrs ago no one is the mainstream USA really cared about...

I'm guessing because American

I'm guessing because American football is not an Olympic sport, so they are not subject to drug testing by USADA. It's my understanding USADA is trying to convince the "big 4" to be subjected to testing, but with the power of the players' unions, I don't see that happening soon.

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