Monday, February 19, 2007

Monday Roundup

News
Sportingo reports on new drug testing programs to catch cheats before they compete.

Blogs
Bitchkittie is surprised that during the ToC coverage on VS yesterday Floyd Landis was not persona non grata.

He's Dead Jim posts a blog entry about a surgical convention in San Diego where she recently met Floyd Landis. She is an orthopedic surgeon, and was impressed by the level of function that Landis has regained since his hip resurfacing in September 2006, but obviously misunderstood that he will ride in this year's ToC.

Boulder Report considers Slipstream Powered by Chipotle, which has surprised already at the Tour of California, and some riders Allen Lim is comparing favorably to Landis on power readings.

Rant wonders about the new proposals for in house drug testing, and whether it's only for the benefit of potential sponsors and not for the riders themselves. On the other hand, its pretty conclusive proof the official system isn't working well enough to convince anyone.


FloydLandis.com
annouces the Feb, 21st FFF fund raiser at the Tied House in San Jose, CA.

Dugard muses that IF Floyd Landis had been riding alone in Spain yesterday AM instead of in San Francisco his safety may not have been assured.

Spinnin'Wheel thinks part of the problem is a locked-in mindset of some others,

A concept I take from a line in the movie Awakenings - when Robin Williams asks how the experts know the "frozen" patients aren't aware, the answer is a haunting, "because, the alternative would be unthinkable."

In this case the unthinkable alternative for McQuaid and his ilk is this - Floyd was right all along, he is innocent, and your actions and statements all these months, that have caused such damage to the sport, were all for nothing.

And I don't mean saving face or PR problems, I mean just within themselves, in their own minds, I think they have a mental block to seeing the other side, because the enormity of the mistake in that case is too overwhelming.

exit17.net wishes there had been fewer cyclist profiles on the ToC coverage from VS and more racing action.

CarbonPost thinks the FFF name is laughable, but isn't keen on the enforcement process or Peirero. He likes the ToC, though.

Thought for the Day

I hope life isn't a big joke, because I don't get it. -jh-

4 comments:

owlie said...

Re: Spinnin' Wheel, that would be "she" believes. :-)

he's dead, jim! said...

Thanks for the clarification on the ToC and Floyd. I did not think he was going to ride on the tour, but will be taking part and will do promotion for his book there. Is this correct?
~Claudette/He's Dead, Jim.

tbv@trustbut.com said...

He's at the tour, but not participating officially with the tour. He's attending to help Smith and Nephew promote their hip resurfacing implants, just as at the surgical convention. He's also running some of his town hall meetings.

The people running the tour really didn't know what to do with him, so they picked nothing as a safe position.

TBV

Anonymous said...

Did you see the CN report on the march for Pereiro?

http://www.cyclingnews.com/news.php?id=news/2007/feb07/feb19news2

This issue is creating what might be the greatest partisan grass roots mobilizations since Coppi-Bartali.
- Ferren