Pedro Delgado is angry

By Antonio J. Salmerón The Spaniard Pedro Delgado, who won the Tour de France in 1988, told national...

By Antonio J. Salmerón

The Spaniard Pedro Delgado, who won the Tour de France in 1988, told national press agency Efe that the Vuelta a España and the Tour de France are wrong when they are "fighting more against doping than promoting the sporting aspects of the race."

Delgado, who is now a cycling commentator in the public national television TVE, considered that the grand three-week races will have to consider their attitudes, "because there are many sponsors that are leaving cycling."

After participating in a cyclo-tourist event in his honour, the ex-professional affirmed that these types of cycling events, open to anybody, "are something rewarding for cycling, because what it is happening in professional cycling is a pain and a small disaster.

"Nobody says that it is not necessary to fight against doping, but I do not believe it is the high-priority thing in this sport," he continued. Delgado declared that "doping must be fought without any publicity, because all of that hurts sponsorships."

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