Here we go again. Another South African cycling luminary another positive doping test. Just when everyone was beginning to think the sport was cleaning up (just kidding), Darryl Impey, who wore the Yellow Jersey in France last year, is taken down.
Cycling, unique to all sports, has developed its own literary genre: the non-apology doping statement. The genre follows a very strict formula, in which a statement of fact is presented–the test is positive–followed by ignorance of the circumstances under which the fact became a fact–I didn’t even know that were was a drug called steroids–and the insistence that all will be cleared up in good time–by next week, you’ll see, this will all go away and the testers will hang their heads in shame.
The Shakespeare of this particular poetic formulation is not who you’d think it is, but rather Floyd Landis, the disgraced American 2006 Tour de France, followed closely by fellow American dissembler Tyler Hamilton. Both men were giants of the genre, denying the undeniable for years before finally “owning up”–a genre by itself. (Of which Lance Armg is the Shakespeare).
But give Daryl Impey his due: the statement on his website, posted yesterday…
Source : Daily Maverick