Saturday, March 10, 2007

Saturday Roundup

The Boston Globe provides an AP analysis of yesterday's UCI "100% Against Doping" program unveling, and takes note of the fact that no one from any of the three major tours was present at the announcement.

NY Times is reporting the FDA is adding a new, major warning to EPO packaging on heart attack risk for users. They are way behind the doping witch doctors, who learned that the hard way a long time ago.

Eurosport is saying the Spanish Judge is shutting down the Puerto case for lack of a crime at the time the case was started. Under current law, there probably would be a case, it seems.

VeloNews announces a regime change, at VeloNews.

Rant went to the FFF events in Chicago, and files a report with pictures. Well attended, and seemingly lucrative.

BikingBis tells about the 2007 Group Health Seattle International Bicycle Expo where former professional rider Frankie Andreu spoke today.To this day Andreu still reserves judgment on the Landis case:

Andreu noted that Landis and his defense team have pointed to "a lot of inaccuracies" at the French lab that analyzed the urine samples that led to the doping accusations. But, "we've only heard from one side," he said. He wants to wait to hear from the other side -- the anti-doping agency and its witnesses -- before he decides about the case.

The Rock of Agius says he got drunk with Floyd Landis, but he seems to be employing a bit of hyperbole. Be warned included in the post is one of the snarkier utube versions of "Bikin' Dirty".

Suitcase of Courage notes the beginning of Paris Nice, without its defending champion.

Vagabond Shark is excited to learn that nanotechnology was used in last year's Tour de France winning BMC bike.

Historian on Two Wheels believes, citing other negative tests and no point to one-time use; training data that showed similar rides; his own example of doing what others said couldn't be done.

Thought for the Day

The president [George Bush] said [Ollie] North and his family have suffered enough and that the decision showed that the system works. But he would not comment on North's getting off on a technicality.

Prosecutors decided yesterday to drop the case against North, saying they would not be able to prove that North's trial was not influenced by testimony he gave to Congress under a grant of immunity.

(It's hard to prove a negative.)


Cheryl from Maryland said...

Hey guys, especially those of us who think of ourselves as athletes, although aging -- heart issues are in the news not only with EPO, but with NSAIDS -- non-steroidal anti-inflammatories. We are talking not only Vioxx, Celebrex, etc., but also Motrin, Advil, etc. The latter have also been linked over the last few weeks to potential clotting and heart issues. My spouse, at 50, is currently recovering from a multiple bypass. Since he has arthritic knees, he's been popping all of the above for close to 20 years.

His prognosis is good, but we are going to rethink the painkillers once he is up and about!