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And now, news from the Tour de Syringe

Remember the Tour de France? That month-long bike race that introduced to words such as "peleton," "B sample" and "indictment"?

Well, when last seen, officials were cleaning up the mess left by a saboteur who scattered tacks along the route during one of the stages, causing 30 riders to blow out tires. And now there's more news on the drug bust front.

(Come on, it's the Tour. When is there not news on the drug bust front?)

It seems Luxembourg rider Frank Schleck has shown red for a banned diuretic, and has been pulled off the Tour pending examination of his B sample. Schleck denies the charge, saying he may have been poisoned.

Now, he very well may be telling the truth about that. But because this is the Tour .... and because of all the drug scandals that have smeared its good name .... and because its greatest champion, Lance Armstrong, remains very much in the crosshairs for the excellent reason that virtually everyone around him has been found guilty of one doping offense or another .....

Well. You reap what you sow. And so the first reaction to Schleck's claim is likely to be this:

"Yeah, right. And the dog ate my homework, too."

Ben Smith's blog.