To destroy our beloved sport that is:
It really is astonishing. If the NFL or NBA managment pulled this crap, the fans would burn down their corporate offices. It's like Dick Pound & the Tour Organizers have announced a Jihad on pro cycling.
By the way if you want to watch a drug infested sport untroubled by any such misguided efforts, check out the Super Bowl next month and the World Series in October. The TV ratings will soar and the $ will flow. In the meantime the most notable cyclist in the world (Ivan Basso) can only get $2 million annually (that's like Beckham's bar tab) and he may be banned from the Tour de France AGAIN.
You can't make this stuff up. Maybe the French ARE idiots after all. At the very least they should get me some of the LeGanga they're smoking.