Merckx, Hinault, LeMond, Indurain, Armstrong. To even casual cycling fans, these are household names. Each of these riders achieved fame by conquering cycling’s penultimate event: the Tour de France.
Spanning 23 days and more than 2,200 miles during the some of the hottest days of the year, the Tour is perhaps the most physically grueling athletic competition in the world.
In desperate attempts to gain even the slightest advantage over their rivals, a recent spate of riders has resorted to such practices as blood doping (EPO) to boost their performances.
To Australian rider Cadel Evans, who entered the race favored to win, doping is the worst form of cheating. If he is victorious this year, Evans will become the first Australian to secure the winner’s yellow jersey (maillot jaune).
Perhaps more importantly, race organizers believe that a victory by the non-doping Evans will return some credibility to the Tour, which has recently suffered as a result of failed blood tests among several former winners and race leaders.
But has Evans ridden an honorable race?
With only one good time trial standing between Evans and his historic win, you would think that he would be in better spirits. In at least two separate incidents with the media, however, Evans has shown himself to be an angry, violent man.
In one incident, Evans gave a hard slap to a photographer who seemingly got a little too close for comfort. (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FikzgWE3t0A)
In the other incident, Evans head-butted a camera that again seemed a bit too close for Evans’ liking. (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qrpL6BA6PBQ)
How can we explain these bizarre outbursts of violence? Why does Evans have a problem with video crews and photographers getting too close?
Well, the answer is quite simple but incredibly shocking. Evans has cheated his way through this year’s Tour.
In the exclusive photo taken above (captured at great personal risk), we can see Cadel with his previously unknown identical twin brother, Camel. Cadel is the one on the right, I think, though it is exceedingly difficult to tell.
No wonder Evans lashes out at cameras that get too close. He fears that a close-up will reveal the subtle differences between him and his twin, thereby exposing his devious plan to win the race.
No wonder he has raced like two men in this Tour. By alternating days on which he rides with his twin, Cadel has enjoyed twice as many rest days as every other rider who is vying for victory.
By publishing the photo above, I know that I have placed my life in jeopardy, particularly in light of Cadel's recent violent outbursts. It is my duty as a reporter, however, to report the truth…no matter what the risk.
If Cadel and Camel win this year’s Tour, they will not bring honor to the already disgraced race. On the contrary, they will bring only more shame. Shame on you, Cadel and Camel!!!
You should remember that “Winners never cheat and cheaters never win.”