A doping scandal on Tuesday is overshadowing the Race to the Sun (Paris-Nice).
What is it about doping and cycling? Is it something to do with the price of bicycles? A decent racing bike such as one's hero rides can cost as much as a cheap car. Or perhaps more.
Then there's the kit emblazoned with the hero's team logo. Cycling is a real money spinner.
Last year Le Tour began in Yorkshire. I happened to be there a couple of weeks before the event. Roads, which had probably been full of potholes for years were being resurfaced. I tried to get Bed & Breakfast at a rural inn for two nights. Out of the question. I finally found a place on the west coast, in Lancashire!
There is much disturbance and inconvenience to daily life as a result of the massive logistical challenges involved in getting Le Tour on the road; but why do we also have to have the doping? It seems to be an almost contagious disease.
Top doping expert Lance Armstrong may have the answer. He says it's impossible to win Le Tour without doping and he should know, having won Le Tour a record number of times.
So let's take Lance, my long time sporting hero (I went to France twice to watch him) at his word. Where does it leave us?
Tonight it's football on TV.