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What's with the french-bashing?


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Now I'm as anti-french as the next Englishman, it's kind of absorbed through the skin growing up - maybe SA can relate to that.

 

But I know it's really a bit silly (except they do smell of garlic & speak funny -  oops) & I can pack those feelings away when I need to.

 

So why on the doping threads are there plenty of insinuations by Hubbers of bias against the french labs for non-french riders?

 

A frenchman has not won the TDF since 1985 - I think they're used to it by now.  Just like the english invented football, cricket, rugby and conkers; we're woeful in 3 out of the 4 but hardly try to swing things in our favour.

 

The testing must be by the rules of the International Cycling body and if Hubbers can question the fairness then those closest to cycling will also have looked into this and be comfortable with the arrangements they have with the labs.

 

Positive-tested riders cast about for all kinds of foolishness to muddy the waters and, for me,  the anti-french thing falls into this category, and it's demeaning.

 

 

 
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 Its largely to do with the Mr Armstrong / Mr Landis and their ilk insinuating that all french labs hate American riders (or any other nationality rider for that matter) of course, it dosnt help that a lot of folk are just like sponges,.............. and absorb all this baloney and regurgitate it at regular intervals when it suits them.

 

Most of them have no opinion of their own and little interest in forming one in the near future. 

 
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You mean the English still win international conkers tournaments?!https://www.bikehub.co.za/smileys/smiley2.gif" align="absmiddle" alt="Wink" />

 

 

 

Nope came third last year, behind Khazakstan (who later withdrew because their key player BORAT was unable to finish the championship- something about PAM) and Lichtenstein (which doesn't count because they so small they have only one chestnut tree). smiley36.gif

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Usually MichH - but you'll see from the Conker World Championship results below that the French appear to have a showing in this too:

 


TEAM CHAMPIONS


YEAR


MEN?S TEAM CHAMPIONS


LADIES? TEAM CHAMPIONS


1992


Chequered Skipper ?B? Team

 


1993


Chequered Skipper ?B? Team

 


1994


The Crocodile

 


1995


The Brigstock International Quartet


The Wilpave Swingers


1996


Sebright Arms


Nutcracker Suite


1997


Nelson Nutcrackers


The Minge Petals


1998


Nauort 2


Sebright Arms


1999


Absolutely Hammered


Wilpave Sweeties


2000


Barton Seagrave Bashers


The Minge Petals


2001


Royal Oak Resistance


France Fillies


2002


Elton Wasps


Castle Green Conkerers


2003


No Strings Attached


Magnificent 7 Minus 3


2004


Daniel Lambert Dining Club


Les Filles Francais

2005

Peterborough Nutters

Magnificent 7 Minus 3

2006

Celtic Conkerors

France

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maybe its the fact that EVERY single positive result gets leaked to the press before being released officially.

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I don't really see what the issue is with the leaks.  Sure its an infringement of rights, but that has little to do with whether the test was positive or not.  The failure of USADA lab to release the results of a rider last year meant that a number of riders were cheated out of their prize-money as the guy continued to ride until all was finalised and he was sanctioned.  At the moment, I don't think the cyclists have enough credibility to demand rights to privacy.

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no bashing the frenchies, the LAB... I think its stupid to have a French Lab /only a French lab doing testing for the Tour! Who do you think they'd like to win?

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I find it ironic that the French boo Rasmussen and yet the majority of them seem to have always loved Virenque, possibly the biggest tour drug-taker ever.

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I find it ironic that the French boo Rasmussen and yet the majority of them seem to have always loved Virenque' date=' possibly the biggest tour drug-taker ever. [/quote'] ClapClapClapClapClapClap Exactly!!!!100% They virtually canonized Virenque the cheat and dopehead!!
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I think with the tour being in France they use a french lab?  Leaks are a universal phenomenon (though the welsh seem particularly keen on them).

 

The anti-fishing lobby have established that conkers, too, have feelings and are lobbying for legislation but until passed Delgado, Horse Chestnut abuse continues.

 

 
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This should be reason enough to forgive the French for anything they've ever done, or will do.

 

Napalm2007-07-26 05:49:48

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