The articles have already started about where or where is Levi going to end up and will that enable him to race “his” race, the Tour of California. I can hardly wait until May is over so I don’t have to read the saga anymore.
My question is why would anyone care if Levi races in the Tour of California? I can see the point of the people who’s opinions are that he shouldn’t race The Tour of California, but why would there be anyone out there who is such a Levi fan that they want him to to be in this year’s race?
I know that the race is finishing in Levi’s hometown and that he has been a spokesman for the event in the past, but it seems like his confession to doping most of his professional career would be enough to change super fans opinion of him.
But, I think it is pretty widely accepted that many think that Levi deserves a slot on this year’s race. I wonder why that it? I have no idea how good of a bicycle racer Levi ever could have been, but he started using doping to climb the ladder of bike racing success back in the 90′s, so I’m pretty sure that it is impossible to ever know if he could have ever been a good bicycle racer.
The 16 team have already been picked for the race. I can’t really see a way that he is going to be picked up by any of these teams, but you never know about teams like Champion System and such. I am sort of surprised that Specialized didn’t just go buy a team for Levi, it seems they are so in love with the dude. (Man, seems their moral sponsorship compass has changed since I raced for them over a decade ago.)
If Levi doesn’t get on a team that is in the race, maybe Levi can just “ride” along in the races, like he did when he was suspended and just turn off before the finish. Or maybe he could just pull a Rock Racing where he’d just ride all the courses on his own, before or after each stage. Just something to show his presence and support of the event.
Seriously, do we care if a guy that admittedly doped for nearly a decade races one of our more prestigious stage races? Actually, I care. It would be nice if he never renews a bicycle racing license again, but that’s just me.