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Lance fessing up


has told associates and antidoping officials that he is considering publicly admitting that he used banned performance-enhancing drugs and blood transfusions during his cycling career" It would be such a good thing for cycling, and young cyclists, if he does so.

Lemond for UCI Preident


In theory, a fabulous idea. Lemond with a guillotine could change a lot of hearts in cycling. I don't know that he has it in him, though.

Selena Sums Up the Seamy Side


Selena Roberts goes where no American journalist has gone before -- exploring Lance as an influential manipulator hiding behind the Cancer Shield. New to me was the report of his threatening (to John Kerry, no less) to use the Livestrong mailing list to punish Democrats for not delivering Obama as a headliner to his cancer summit in 2008. Also new to me was gossip that Bill Clinton was the one who leaned on Birotte to drop the federal case. I've never seen an article that explores this aspect of Armstrong so thoroughly. It's this aspect that distinguishes him from, say, Jan Ullrich. He's a corrupter. '"It was a much wider conspiracy than doping," says [Kent] Gordis. "Lance has had tremendous control over almost every aspect of the sport. Really, Lance co-opted the whole sport. For that, he is the greatest con man ever."'

Greipel May Be My New Fav


Greipel comes out strongly in favor of the Armstrong sanctions. Hardly anyone else has made a strong statement and many have given clearly negative opinions. Hooray for André!

Washington Post opinion piece on Lance vs USADA


It just makes me want to cry. I guess anyone at the paper can publish an opinion, whether they've done any research on the topic or not.

Livestrong Lobbying Congress against USADA


Probably not the use you intended for your Livestrong donation:. "A spokesman for U.S. Rep. José Serrano (D., N.Y.), who sits on the House Appropriations Committee, said his office was visited by a registered lobbyist working on behalf of the [LAF] foundation, which works to increase awareness of cancer. The lobbyist's main purpose, the spokesman said, was to talk about the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency, which enforces rules about performance-enhancing drugs in sports, and which has charged Mr. Armstrong and five others associated with his former cycling team with operating a doping conspiracy in an effort to dominate the Tour de France." [I hope the link gets you through the WSJ paywall. If not, complain below. Or try going there via Google News]

4 US cyclists opt out of Olympic consideration


Well this explains the selections. "Levi Leipheimer, George Hincapie, Christian Vande Velde and David Zabriskie asked that they be taken out of the running for places on the road cycling team.... USA Cycling will not speculate on the reasoning behind their requests and will not have further comment"

Bruyneel's Statement


"It cannot be right that I or anyone else can be pursued from court to court simply because our accusers do not like the decisions made along the way and so attempt to find a court which will get them the result they want....I have never participated in any doping activity and I am innocent of all charges."

Fun bikes from the 40s


It's a Life magazine portfolio of strange bicycles from the late 1940s. http://life.time.com/curiosities/hell-on-wheels-in-praise-of-mutant-bicycles/

Stephen Roche. Old school.


"At crashes, riders fall and spend five minutes on the ground straightening up their shirt and tie and making sure everything is okay before getting back on the bike again," he says. "You should be getting back on as fast as possible and then realise your shoulder is broken. They aren’t getting back on straight away, they’re waiting because they know there's a car to tow them back on. Its not ethically right, it’s a form of cheating and it confuses the public." I'm good with that. Tell'em, Stephen.

Replace the parade on the Champs with a murderous double ascent of the Alpe. Right.


I done died and gone to heaven if this comes true. I would be so glad to have real racing, any real racing, on the last day of the Tour. But to have it on l'Alpe is more than I could ask. And to find a way they can do it twice -- I had no idea there was another trail they could follow to descend and come up it again.



"On Wednesday, Ivory received a PRP injection, which helps accelerate the healing process of muscle injuries.... Platelet Rich Plasma, or PRP, is blood plasma with concentrated platelets. The concentrated platelets found in PRP contain huge reservoirs of bioactive proteins, including growth factors that are vital to initiate and accelerate tissue repair and regeneration. These bioactive proteins initiate connective tissue healing: bone, tendon and ligament regeneration and repair, promote development of new blood vessels, and stimulate the wound healing process."

Gad, it is hetting up for hwmnbn


Secretive talks suggest progress in doping probe "The police officer added that U.S. investigators appeared to be building a significant case. 'As we say in our jargon, they have some marbles to play with,' he said"

André Mahé, co-winner of 1949 Paris-Roubaix, dead at 90


He arrived at the velodrome first but missed the entrance and came in a back door. So they made him "co-winner" with the guy who came in the front door.

Wiggins Schadenfreude


I can't help finding some small justice in articles like this one casting about for an explanation of Brad Wiggins' new-found climbing prowess, and effectively accusing him of using drugs. Not that I think he has used drugs. Quite the opposite. But he was annoyingly vocal about the Landis case, when the only information he had was a the botched A sample. He was pretty quick to judge.


Nature: Anti-Doping Authorities Foster "Suspicion, Secrecy and Fear"

The latest issue of the scientific journal Nature strongly rebukes the science, and the scientists, behind anti-doping testing. Donald Berry contributed a scathing quantitative commentary that...


Using Firefox 3 and Can't Login?

I've been lurking here for weeks, but unable to log in and post, since upgrading to Firefox 3. Finally today, hoping SBNation had fixed the problems, I tried again, and encountered a new message,...


Anonymous group wants Lance investigation

An anonymous group, InvestigateLance.org , is trying to get Congress to investigate Lance for doping! We are an anonymous anti-doping group of cyclists based in Colorado Springs, Colorado,...


They should race!

I don't see any reason to waste tomorrow's stage. I could see Cadel, Horner , and friends out front in a break by 10 or 15 seconds on the Champs. I can't believe any "gentlemen's agreement" to not...


What if Rasmussen is telling the truth?

Rasmussen is sticking to his story that he was in Mexico in June. He says Davide Cassani is just mistaken and saw someone else.What if he's telling the truth?


Col du Galibier

Eight years and 30 pounds ago I brought my bike with me to Grenoble and caught some stages of the '99 Tour. I rode up l'Alpe d'Huez on the day Guerini got knocked off his bike by some guy named...


Riding with Floyd

I did it. I rode with Floyd. I am now a huge fanboy. He gave a lot of personal attention to anyone he spoke to.. never seemed distant, or false, or like the monument of cycling they make you when...


Ride with Floyd in Austin Sunday

Just a notice to Austin area Cafe society: You can ride with Floyd Sunday afternoon, 4 pm  at Bicycle Sport Shop on S. Lamar. $50 to ride for a bit with the Tour de France Champion? I think so!...


Floyd: Bald faced liar?

Chris points to the Eurosport article where Floyd says:...If they suspend me for two or four years - a humiliation which I hope doesn't happen - it's over for me....I've never taken testosterone, I...


My favorite race: Het Volk

I'm really enjoying the countdown ticker to Het Volk Chris has posted on the lhs. It gets my grits up to go and see it again next year. In Feb 2003 Kaila and I honeymooned in Paris. I swear I did...


The Deck is Stacked

The L.A. Times has published this critique of the slanted proceedings athletes can expect in arbitration. I had formerly held high hopes that Floyd could win his case if he could demonstrate errors...


Video: Lance smokes Kl?den... and YouTube link contest

I just posted this video of the finale of stage 17 of the 2004 Tour de France, into le Grand Bornand. It's the one where Lance tells Floyd to "ride like you stole something." Floyd can't shake...


Rude mechanicals

Inspired by the discussion  about Hincapie's stem in Paris-Roubaix: What are your "best" mechanical failures? Here are mine:a) Stomping it over an overpass, broke a crank arm off. Yup. That sucked....

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