Not that often that working journalists covering a particular beat will pen what is, essentially, an opinion piece. But The New York Times’ Juliet Macur does just that, with her latest article about the pending departure of USA Cycling’s (current) CEO, Steve Johnson.
I say finally — and hooray — because it is high time for Johnson to exit the national federation, stage left. Really, he missed his cue a few years ago.
A big hook should have dragged him out of his corner office in 2012, when Lance Armstrong was found to be the kingpin of systematic doping on his United States Postal Service teams, and when nearly every top American rider of the past generation admitted to doping to help Armstrong win. Armstrong and those riders — men like George Hincapie, Christian Vande Velde and David Zabriskie — all rose through the ranks while Johnson was at U.S.A. Cycling.
Speak her mind, she does. What more can you say, except, “Don’t let the door knob hit ya where my darn dog shoulda bit ya, Steve.”
Not sure who the next CEO will be, or who the candidates are, but if Bob Stapleton stays true to character, it will be someone much more capable and with more integrity than the departing Johnson.