SOMETHING HAS broken in the Pantani machine. Pantani finds himself faced with the decision of whether to continue cycle racing, a matter of conscience, but also requires consideration beyond his immediate situation: his decision will affect colleagues, directors, sponsors, rules regarding blood and urine tests which he has championed, and the vast number of fans who adore him. He must also think about the inquiries, both the judicial and sporting bodies.
La Gazzetta dello Sport, Italy
CAN THE Tour really still take place? If so, according to which principles? The dilemma is as simple as it is cruel: how to pin-point a rupture, how to put into check the logic that leads to drug taking? The masks have fallen since the 1998 tour - leaders have been discredited, 67 French competitors showed "serious biological anomalies" following the results of the continuous tests. And now Pantani, last winner of the Tour, icon of a people and anti-drug symbol of an international federation, has fallen. Cycling will need some time to climb back up this slope. You can't change a culture by decree, rulings or poignant acts of voluntarism. You can't change thinking without cleaning structures.
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