The Guardian Unlimited has Pat McQuaid saying that he'd prefer that Michael Rasmussen NOT win the Tour de France this year due to his failure on two occasions to let officials know his whereabouts. In other news, no news on the Landis decision, and the UCI has now given teams a longer grace period to return their doping charter signatures, only two teams have done so thus far.
Bloomberg reports that despite doping scandals and bad press the TV ratings for the Tour de France are up, in Europe anyway.
Media Post Publications ,registration may be required, notes that TV ratings for the Tour de France on Versus in the US are stable if not up a bit despite all of the turmoil of the past year in cycling:
Given all the concerns over doping scandals--and the fact that an American cyclist is not among the favorites to win the overall title--total live program viewer impressions are up 5% to an average 219,779 homes on the network through the race's first 11 days. Live household impressions are down 3% to 172,869, with the race's live household ratings down 8% to a 0.24
CyclingNews talks with Axel Merckx (end of the page), who is about to retire. He lists riding into Paris with Landis on the winning Phonak team as maybe his best memory.
Podium Girls are soooo sick of kissing ugly American winners in the Tour de France and now they currently root for the hunky Alberto Contador to beat Dane Michael Rasmussen. They felt that last year Floyd Landis did not meet their standards either:
France drew the line with American Floyd Landis, who French tour fans say looked like he should be staring in the sequel to “Grumpy Old Men” rather than winning the most beautiful bike race on earth. In reference to the ongoing doping scandal surrounding Landis, a female French tour fan said, “We’re still hoping Oscar Pereiro will be named the official winner the ’07 Tour. He’s so much better looking.”
Rant writes about anniversaries, and about Pat McQuaid and the UCI's problems with Michael Rasmussen
Flahute (a few days ago), wrote that Landis is getting screwed even if he was doping.
Hernando go lightly reviews things, and says of last week's flap:
[I]f you add in the weird ass NPR interview with FLandis where he straight up shitkicks Lemond in the teeth as a lying drama queen ...
Signals, Calls, and Marches thinks that each July we see the best that athletes can give in the Tour de France, and that no matter what the outcome of the Landis arbitration hearings there will always be an asterisk next to the 2006 Tour winner's name.
Lifestyle 13 tells us about many of the things that have occurred in the past on July 23.
Cycle in Seattle tells us that Floyd Landis was there, and has photographic proof.
PJ notes that Vino's recovery today to win the stage after finishing 30 minutes back yesterday is a lot like Landis' phoenix-like recovery last year. A magician by occupation notes the same similarity, and so does Velogal, 20 million minutes,
"Morning Paper", representing a jingo/yahoo constituency, thinks nobody should care about the Tour because there's no Americans he knows about in contention, and the French were out to get Landis because they couldn't get Lance.
Olson's Observations read "Positively False" and found it a quick, interesting, and insightful read with lots of points made in Floyd's favor.
Wilder Days is glad to know that she isn't the only person who doesn't read the Harry Potter books, though she is reading "Positively False".
Glendora is still waiting for a decision from the arbs, and is tallying predictions.
Brawl Sports says UFC fighter Steve Sherk has hired Howard Jacobs to contest a nandrolone charge.