In the past 48 hours, speculation about the future of the T-Mobile team has continued apace, and it seems unlikely that manager Bob Stapleton’s attempts to quell the fervour yesterday will have the desired effect. Germany’s Süddeutsche Zeitung, for one, has suggested that we shouldn’t read too much into Stapleton’s claims that the latest doping storm enveloping his team “hasn’t led to talks with T-Mobile about breaking the partnership”; the newspaper reports that crisis talks may indeed be taking place, it’s just that Stapleton’s input hasn’t been invited.
Whatever the outcome, the aftershocks of Patrik Sinkewitz’s interview with Der Spiegel earlier this week look set to reverberate long and loud. Above all, they raise yet more questions about the extent to which we can trust the men charged with hauling cycling out of its current mire – that is to say the riders.
In his latest blog, Procycling Features Editor Daniel Friebe has this to say:
“The question you have to ask yourself is: what basis for long-term investment and long-term confidence in this sport is there if you never know when the lies will stop coming?…[Because] while we all love and believe in cycling, we’re simply beyond the point where we can put our trust in men who seem even more addicted to deceit than they are to drugs.
“I don’t know what the answer is and, neither, I suppose, do you. What I do know is that these people need to start growing up a little bit. Children tell lies; when you become an adult, and especially when the stakes ride as high as they currently are in cycling, you need to stop, for your own sake as well as everyone else’s. It’s quite straightforward but it also takes some courage. And given the precedents, I’m afraid I’m not optimistic…”
Read the full blog entry now, and tell us what you think.