The first rule of effective writing is not to try to do too many things at once.
For example, if you wish to write a poignant celebration of the human triumph that Lance Armstrong has achieved over adversity and the best cyclists in the world, go right ahead. Or if you'd like to write some pungent derision of the French who watch like cross ants each year as he tramples their little Alps, be my guest. But please, please, don't try to do both at once.
An egregious violator of this sacrosanct principle has penned this screed in today's American Spectator.