Five and a half years have passed since Jan Ullrich made an unceremonious exit from the sport of cycling. It was only hours before the 2006 Tour de France that the Operation Puerto story broke. It marked the end of an era for cycling and a period of uncertainty for several years to come. And now it seems that the squeaky door has finally shut on a scandal that took down many of the greats of the late 90s/early 2000s peloton. The now meaningless and irrelevant verdict that suspends Jan Ullrich for two years is the final nail in the coffin. Done. Finally.
Ignorance is bliss. I just finished reading the article “To be Frank with Andy” in the February 2012 issue of Cycle Sport magazine. I don’t know what universe the Schleck brothers reside in but clearly it runs perpendicular to the one I see every year in the Tour de France. Bear with me fine readers as I’m going to make a quick dissection of this article because I just find it absurdly fascinating that these two brothers continue to live inside a cycling bubble.