Essay on Tour de France Drug Abuse
Each day of the tour, new incidents occurred: police rough handling, fresh revelations, dismissals and strikes. After two days of questioning, most of the nine riders had admitted to some level of involvement with the Festina drug program. Some, like Meier and Alex Zulle, confessed to knowingly using EPO.
From that time on, the "Tour de France" became a very divisive and a very controversial topic in the French media. It was in the headlines of newspapers and a major subject on TV, similar to the Clinton-Lewinski scandal in the US, all the more so because the Festina team was famous in French society for its victories and its strength.
The media, government and sports officials, race organizers, and private individuals have taken widely differing positions on what should be done next to clean up cycling. Nonetheless, the need to clean up the sport is imperative:
Although Tour organizers claim their major sponsors are tied up on long-term deals, nobody doubts the heavy