After being dropped by Deutsche Telekom, you'd think that Bob Stapleton would have given up in despair. Despite, or rather because of, the strong anti-doping program the team put in place, a couple of Telekom riders who just didn't get, got caught and fired. Telekom couldn't stand the heat and so bailed after a long and storied run in professional cycling.
But Stapleton didn't give up. He assembled a team of young riders supported by some able veterans (including Mike Barry and George Hincapie) and put up the money himself to keep the team going. The result? So far High Road's have been spectacular, highlighted by a brace of wins this week at the Tour de Georgia and La Flèche Wallonne. I wonder if Telekom regret their decision. A team dedicated to racing clean, is cleaning up. That's justice.