Finally, this week the Saunier Duval-Scott team (yes, Scott is the maker the favored bike in my stable) withdrew from the tour due to a positive test on up-and-comer Riccardo Ricco. Ricco has since been fired from the squad and will probably join the long line of cyclists serving two-year suspensions for doping. (SDV also fired Leonardo Piepoli for "violation of the team's ethical code".)
"The allegations in Mr. Canseco's book are absolutely [true]."
And the punishment is relatively week. Especially compared to the two-year suspension that the UCI (International Cycling Union) hands down. On a first offence in the MLB cheaters are suspended for 50 games. Less than a third of the season. In the NFL it's four games - out of 16.
The real future of doping controls for any sport should come from the team. The two American teams in this year's Tour de France lead the way in self-policing. I could go into the details on their policies, but you can find more on Garmin Chipotle here and Columbia here. (Anyone else find it ironic that a team leading the fight against doping in cycling is called "Columbia"?)
And now the gratuitous photo of Garmin-Chipotle founder Jonathan Vaughters and his "impossible pointy" sideburns: