I confess: I wish the doping issue would go away. Or maybe I wish I could just ignore it. I love cycling. I've never admired a sport like this; never had so much respect for the strength and tenacity of atheletes like I do for the men who fight up mountains that I would be happy just to summit. The beauty of a strong break on Ventoux or the Tourmalet is one of the most exhilerating things I've ever seen. Or the speed and danger of a bunch sprint after, like MSR, 250+ kms. But, as Flyer continually points out -- as much as I think some of his evidence fatuous -- doping is a continuing cancer. I know doping will always be a step ahead of tests. But I don't think that we need to be so forgiving. Take Tyler Hamilton. I'm American. I've followed Hamilton for years and I remember him bouncing in and out of the elite group in 1999. Or the Giro in 2002. Or his stage in 2003. But frankly, after 2004, he is dead to me. Neither sponsors, nor managers, nor atheletes themselves seem ready to accept the reality that most of their fans might not really believe them. Do they really think cycling is ready for 1998 redux? Did Millar really think he had to take EPO? Was Zulle clean in 1999? Why was Virenque such a liar? And yeah, me, who considers Amstrong a hero, has to wonder why chasing down Simeoni mattered. Maybe nothing will stop dope. Yes, cycling is one of the heaviest tested sports in the world. But the punishments need to be commensurate. No more 2 year bans for cheats. Kick 'em out. Forever. When I was in college, cheating on an exam would get you kicked out forever. It should be the same for cycling. I'll hate myself if I ever find out that I rooted for a scumbag cheater. Time to stop apologizing for cheaters and their lame excuse that everyone does it. Kick 'em out and maybe they'll understand that us fans count on them, want to believe in them, and won't tolerate it if they don't play fair.