Today I stand on my ‘podium’.
I believe The Tour de France to be a modern-day Humpty Dumpty; “all the king’s horses and all the king’s men” cannot put it back together. Trust and time will have to do that. But once Trust has been broken can it be put back together again. Is trust in the same trouble as Le Tour?
Merriam-Webster defines trust as a noun 1a: assured reliance on the character, ability, strength, or truth of someone or something & as a verb 1a: to place confidence in: depend.
I could actually write in circles about Trust & Belief & Faith but feel it really comes down to us having some faith in others. If we can only trust ourselves, that is a sad existence.
“It is impossible to go through life without trust: that is to be imprisoned in the worst cell of all, oneself.” – Graham Greene, The Ministry of Fear
Chris Froome, the current leader of Le Tour, is NOT Lance Armstrong but he is being treated like he is. To set the stage for those not following along: Froome had a masterful ride on Sunday, a strong climb to catch all those trying to break him and regain time. It took his teammates and his own power to be the first up that mountain. It was what the Tour de France is all about – great riding in a great country. The next day was a ‘non-race day’ and for Froome and his team Sky was filled with doping questions.
“I just think it’s quite sad that we’re sitting here the day after the biggest victory of my life … quite a historic win, talking about doping,” Froome said. “Here I am basically being accused of being a cheat and a liar and that’s not cool.” AP writer – John Leicester writes more here.
Le Tour has many great stories: Froome, the work of his teammates, the young riders on this tour – Quintana and the American Talansky, no stage wins for a Frenchman – things may heat up in this last week. The focus seems to be in the wrong place.
To the press and all those who doubt cycling’s new great rider, I get it – call the one who beats you or those you route for a cheater – I’ve done that myself. The thing is, I am not five years old anymore. Let’s grow up. Be more like the cyclist and lay off the drugs!