Perhaps the saddest thing about this whole tainted meat affair is the negative publicity Spain's cattle have attracted.
In blaming his positive test for clenbuterol on a piece of meat bought from a Spanish butcher in Irun, three (or is that two?)-time Tour de France champ Alberto Contador never thought about the adverse effect his explanation would have on the fragile mental state of his nation's cows.
Knowing that your alpha males are regularly tortured and killed for pleasure in front of baying Spanish crowds is one thing, but having the quality of your flesh questioned by the world because a celebrated cyclist appears to have been caught out is rather rum.
Now the Spanish cows are fighting back. Seeing that they have a brain the size of a walnut you can forgive the Pyrenean cattle for seeing France and the French people as the baddies in all this. After all, it's the Tour de France which seems responsible for creating an environment where humble livestock can be used as an excuse for a positive doping test.
Last week, news broke of an aggressive troupe of two-dozen Spanish cows venturing across the French border to wreak havoc on the small town of L'Albere (population 72) in Languedoc-Roussillon.
"This cow invasion is unacceptable," the irate mayor of L'Albere told French radio, before listing a roll-call of cow crimes: "A little girl has been attacked, a woman has been trampled, a man has injured his hand, one cow has dented a car and another has fallen into a swimming pool."
The source and the motivations of these boisterous bovines are very clear to the mayor: "There's no doubt that they come from over the Spanish border. The grass is fresher and tastes much better over here," he said, using the popular adage.
But to us cycling fans it is obvious that this French mayor does not follow the sport - otherwise he'd clearly understand that this attack was more than a case of the grass being greener on the other side.
NEWS ROUND-UP: Back in the real world of cycling, things are getting tougher and tougher for Alberto Contador whose contaminated meat excuse was this week rejected by the World Anti-Doping Agency.
Although a leading British sports lawyer has claimed the Spaniard would have been "crazy" to risk taking clenbuterol; it appears that unless Bertie can prove that the steak he ate did in fact contain traces of the anabolic steroid he's up against it - and that's not even touching on the claims that his blood contained plasticisers as well.
Oh well, talking of steak, Sky team manager Dave Brailsford has been getting a bit of a grilling by the media - and quite rightly, according to Blazin' Saddles.
What makes this whole situation rather funny is that the source of his egg-on-the-face antics is HTC-Columbia's Michael Rogers - which is a bit like an armed bank robber being sent down for stealing a pack of crisps from a corner store.
To cut a long story short, Brailsford told a UK cycling magazine that Sky had confirmed, on the record, the signing of Rogers as well as that famous "Spanish" rider Rigoberto Uran - but once it emerged that Rogers was contracted to his current team until the end of the season, Brailsford, instead of putting his hands up and admitting he'd made a mistake in breaking the news early, denied he had ever said such a thing.
The cycling magazine in question had already published Brailsford's quote in an intriguing online article dissecting Sky's debut season in which the sub-heading used another smashing quote from Brailsford which read: "We got all the peas just right, but neglected the steak."
Given the tainted reputation steak has in the peloton at the moment, it wasn't the best choice of words from the Englishman - unless he genuinely meant that the reason why Bradley Wiggins fared so badly during the Tour was because he wasn't doped up to his eyeballs. Which is food for thought.
Anyway, Sky's PR people were clearly working overtime because both the peas and steak mysteriously disappeared from the Velonews article an hour or so later - much to the bemusement of Saddles and his chums on Twitter.
What else happened this week? Well, watching those magnificent images of Chilean miners all escaping from a black hole one by one and with huge grins on their faces made BS think of Bjarne Riis's Saxo Bank squad, who appear to be doing just that.
Yep, it was another bad week for Bjarne, who must feel a bit like the last guy chosen for the school yard football team after his entire squad, it seems, has chosen to up-ship and join the Schleck brothers in their new Luxembourgeois outfit.
A resolute Riis, however, says he does have a Plan B should new signing Contador find himself banned (or go through with his oh-so-feeble threat to retire) although he's "not going to say here and now what it is".
In Saddles' humble opinion, Riis has a three options: i) panic, ii) throw all his eggs into Richie Porte's basket and hope for a nice Tasmanian omelette to manifest itself in 2011, or iii) implore Jan Ullrich to come out of retirement.
Saddles would have added iv) give Michael Rasmussen a call - but it appears that the spindly Dane has got himself into some other imbroglio according to the Danish press. Quite frankly, if you have to dope to compete in a TV celebrity dancing competition, you're probably not quite ready to take on the 3,000 miles of the Tour quite yet.
One rider who is ready to get back on the bike is oily Danilo Di Luca, who quite ridiculously has seen his doping ban reduced by nine months and seven days (isn't that a week?), allowing the Italian to return to racing immediately. BS has no idea where he'll ply his trade, but he's sure Vacansoleil are interested.
Still on the doping front, the riders competing in this weekend's Tour of Lombardy have decided to delay the start of the race by 10 whole minutes in protest to the claims made by Ettore Torri, CONI's anti-doping head, that they are all at it.
Apparently the protest was the idea of Liquigas's Roman Kreuziger, displaying a level of influence inversely proportional to his grip on the peloton once actually in the saddle. Still, it won't be the first time Kreuziger has lost ten minutes this season.
Enough of the negative stuff - and hearty congratulations must go to Scotland's David Millar who, this week, followed up a bronze medal in the Commonwealth Games road race with an emphatic gold in the time trial. All that was achieved after a gruelling season in which Millar has performed in all three Grand Tours, while also picking up a silver ITT medal at the Worlds in Melbourne.
Millar's achievement was all the more impressive considering his friend Mark Cavendish had scrawled a message in a black marker men across the Scot's saddle which read: "Mark Cavendish is the greatest. Even better than Tyler. Thank you."
Talking of Cav, according to gossip on Twitter, the Manxman was "on the pull" at the Commonwealth Games closing party in Delhi.
Such a notion got Saddles thinking of Cav's chatting-up techniques. Given that it won't help bragging about being the "fastest" man around, does he rely on Mark Renshaw to give his victims a head-butt so that he can carry away the spoils himself?
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