A Watershed for Professional Cycling?

The sport's struggleson full display during this year's Tour de Francedrive home the need for across-the-board reform

Considering how the Tour de France limped into Paris—after three weeks of injuries, doping scandals, and threatened sponsor defections—the mood on the T-Mobile cycling team Sunday was surprisingly relaxed. Team leader Michael Rogers, forced to drop out of the race July 15 after a harrowing crash that injured his shoulder, slouched in a folding chair and watched the final kilometers of the race on a giant TV screen set up a near a VIP area. "This is much better than racing," Rogers, 27, quipped in his Australian accent, as the riders neared Paris and the finish line. "I might do this next year."

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