With Contador, cycling loses yet again

Updated: February 7, 2012, 1:15 AM ET
By Jim Caple | ESPN.com

The 2010 Tour de France took 23 days and covered 2,200-some miles over lung-exhausting mountain passes, bone-shattering cobblestones and endless roads of hair-pin turns, charging costumed fans and the occasional sheep herd crossing the path.

Declaring a victor has been even more grueling.

After 566 days filled with oddly delayed test results, head-shaking denials (tainted steak?), brain-cramping appeals, an endless procession of lawyers and doctors and more than 4,000 ...

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