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Friday, July 3rd, 2009
10:08 pm
Le tour 2009
Okay, here we are eith the tour 12 hours away and nobody has posted to the community since September.

Who's on? Who's good to go? My man Michael Barry got left off the Tour selection again this year, which means the Giro was possibly the only grand tour he'll ever ride. Darn. 

So okay, If Astana doesn't crack up under the pressure of having three potential leaders, I see Contador in yellow. If Lance (or Levi) were to pull a Hinault, however, I can see Hincapie or Sastre charging up an Alpine pass sometime in Week 3.

Anybody? Bueller?

Current Mood: waiting
Monday, September 8th, 2008
12:14 pm
Lance Returning to Astana in 2009

Ok, so it's rumor as yet, but...
Friday, August 29th, 2008
2:48 pm
Wednesday, August 13th, 2008
12:38 pm
Olympic time trials results
Well, Svein is in pretty darned good company.

Spoilers behind the cutCollapse )

Current Mood: awake
Monday, August 11th, 2008
12:11 am
The history of women's cycling ...
I saw the women's road race this morning, and I've been thinking.
Women's cycling in the last 50 years can be summed up in the careers of just three women: Beryl Burton, Maria Canins, Jeanne Longo Ciprelli.

Everybody else have known who it was they had to beat to reach the top.

Current Mood: contemplative
Saturday, August 9th, 2008
12:52 am
Late night - Olympic Road Race
I'm watching the nbcolympic dot com live video stream of the mens road race. I know Paul and Phil are in China to call the race, but the live video is raw. Absolutely nothing but crowd noise and car horns. Very strange to watch the race like this.
Wednesday, August 6th, 2008
10:36 am
Tuesday, August 5th, 2008
9:59 am
Olympic Road Race
Since Beijing is 14 hours ahead of U.S. Central Time, the road race actually takes place late Friday night into the early AM of Saturday.  NBCOlympics.com will have live online coverage at that time, and the TV coverage will be on Saturday between 9am and 5pm.

For those who are interested, a Google Earth file of the road race course with start/finish facilities:

The circuit at the end of the road course is also the TT course.  That is going to be one hilly TT.
Wednesday, July 30th, 2008
9:09 am
Swearing on your mother's head just not as rock solid as it use to be....
Two weeks ago:

"All our riders gave us guarantees that they were clean. Ricco swore on his mother's head that he has never turned to illegal substances or means to improve his performance."

And Today:

Ricco admits taking EPO before Tour de France

ROME, July 30 (Reuters) - Italian Riccardo Ricco admitted on Wednesday that he took the blood-booster EPO before this month’s Tour de France.

Ricco, who tested positive in a doping control after the fourth stage of the three-week race, now could face a two-year ban after appearing before the Italian Olympic Committee’s anti-doping prosecutor.

“I came here and I have explained the error I made, I think you all know 13 days ago the position that I was in, I think I have made a good gesture for everyone to have admitted my mistakes,” Ricco told reporters.

The 24-year-old also warned that testing procedures needed to be looked at.

“During the tour they made a lot of tests, they made 10 tests in about 13 legs, two were positive and in fact in theory all the tests should have been positive therefore the method needs to be checked,” he said.

When results of the positive test came out on July 17, a French prosecutor said Ricco had denied any wrongdoing.

The rider was kicked out of the race and sacked by his Saunier-Duval team, who left the Tour as a whole.

Italian media have speculated that because he has now confessed, Ricco may receive a discount to the usual two-year ban for positive tests.

As well as sporting sanctions, Ricco is facing a criminal probe in France. Under recent French legislation, he is liable for possession and use of drugs and could receive a maximum two years in prison and a 3,750 euro ($5,845) fine.

Fellow Italian Leonardo Piepoli was sacked by Saunier Duval at the same time as Ricco despite not failing a drugs test.

He appears before the Italian anti-doping prosecutor on Thursday after team bosses said they were unhappy with his answers when he was questioned about doping. Piepoli has made no comment.

Ricco won two stages at the Tour before his departure and finished second in the Giro d’Italia in May.

Cycling has been rocked by numerous doping scandals in recent years with several Italian riders involved.

(Reporting by Eleanor Biles, Writing by Mark Meadows in Milan, editing by Alan Baldwin)
Monday, July 28th, 2008
10:16 am
Post TdF blahs...
I think I'm having post TdF depression.

Symptoms are....

jumping from cycling site to cycling site to read post TdF news

this morning logging into the chat room I've been in for 3 straight weeks, talking TdF with english speakers all over the world while watching the stage live, just to see if anyone is there

reading the wikipedia entry on Eddie Merckx for the millionth time

going over the map and profile of the Olympic road race course and trying to decide which rider it suits the best

watching YouTube clips of previous ascents of Alpe d'Huez

Won't be long before we have the Veulta and the Tour of Missouri (my home state), but nothing really replaces a July in France.

Current Mood: apathetic
Saturday, July 26th, 2008
6:24 pm
If Silence-Lotto was really that dedicated to Evans' GC hopes this Tour, then why did they bring along multiple Lanterne Rouge winner Wim vansevenant? It's no accident to get the Lanterne Rouge; it requires a fair bit of coordination. Wouldn't Evans be better served by a domestique that doesn't intentionally finish last?

And I bet Marc Sergeant (and Evans, too) are really regretting the decision to give Horner's salary to Popvych.

I'm happy for CSC and Sastre, though. They really earned this one.
Friday, July 25th, 2008
3:31 pm
Wednesday, July 23rd, 2008
3:29 pm
More on Ricco's EPO bust
Now we know how Ricco and others were caught using a next generation EPO product, for which there has not yet been a test developed:

Ricco bust aided by drug maker: WADA

CANBERRA, Australia (AP)—Riccardo Ricco’s blood doping case on the Tour de France was uncovered because of a molecule planted in the banned substance by the drug manufacturer, World Anti-Doping Agency chief John Fahey said Wednesday.

Ricco, 24, won two stages before he was expelled from the Tour last week when his positive test for the blood-booster EPO was confirmed by the French anti-doping agency.

Fahey said Roche Pharmaceuticals placed a molecule in its product CERA— Continuous Erythropietin Receptor Activator—when developing the drug to help anti-doping authorities detect illegal use.

“I can’t tell you the details of how he was detected,” Fahey told Australian Broadcasting Corp. radio. “I can indicate the particular substance is called CERA … which is a perfectly legitimate substance to deal with anemia.


Tuesday, July 22nd, 2008
10:31 pm
So many crashes this Tour!
I wonder where his bike actually ended up. Some skier is totally going to find a Bianchi buried in a snowdrift next year.

Is it just me, or are there a lot of crazy crashes this year? Sure, there was Stuart O' Grady last year, but it's hard to name someone who hasn't hit the deck yet in this edition. Pereiro's was freaking crazy!
12:14 pm
Get up early tomorrow

... and be glad you are watching, not riding.
Friday, July 18th, 2008
9:38 am
end of Saunier Duval?
cyclingnews.com is saying that there is a rumor (via French Media) a second member of Saunier Duval tested postive. Most likely Piepoli. End of the team?
Thursday, July 17th, 2008
8:16 am
Ok, now it's just getting absurd
Ricco tests positive for EPO.

Ricco himself doesn't actually surprise me. After all, his hero is Marco Pantani, not exactly known for clean living. But three now? And we're barely halfway through?

What makes me suspicious is that all three have been EPO. Remember that Danish article a month ago that concluded that WADA's test for EPO didn't work very well?
Tuesday, July 15th, 2008
12:20 pm
Sunday, July 13th, 2008
5:41 pm
Am I the only one who wonders where every Italian rider gets his ridiculous nickname? And now the Spaniards are doing the same thing. Heck, Valverde's got two or three.
Friday, July 11th, 2008
1:01 pm
TdF - First Drug Positive
L'Equipe reports that Liquigas' Manuel Beltran tested positive after Saturday's stage

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