Dysfunctions, doping in cycling shouldn't create disillusionment

Updated: July 10, 2007, 9:38 AM ET
By Bonnie DeSimone | Special to ESPN.com

LONDON -- The U.S. press corps at the Tour de France has never been particularly large. Even in Lance Armstrong's heyday, the nature of media distribution networks enabled a few of us to report back to the whole country.

There were perhaps half a dozen American writers who covered the entire Tour and a handful of others who would parachute in halfway through when the mountain stages began, or puddle-jump over from Wimbledon or the British Open.

The numbers didn't change ...

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