The New Zealand Herald's Phil Taylor writes of trying to get cycling clean and the challenges that entails with UCI leadership like Pat McQuaid's:
We trust McQuaid's judgment has matured from when, as a racing cyclist, he went to South Africa under a false name and in breach of the anti-apartheid boycott. McQuaid has said he doesn't regret it - despite it resulting in him being banned from the 1976 Olympics - as he got to see the situation in that country the republic for himself and benefited from an extra two months of racing. It sounds like expediency and expediency has helped cycling into the mire.
The CyclingNews, in a piece with no Landis content,writes that Dick Pound has asked Werner Franke to submit any information he might have on Alberto Contador and possible doping:
WADA President Dick Pound has asked German antidoping crusader Werner Franke to send him the documents which are said to show that Alberto Contador was a client of Dr. Eufemiano Fuentes. Franke has sent the papers, according to the Süddeutsche Zeitung, and even added the protocol of Jörg Jaksche's interrogation by German investigators. Jaksche is noted as "JJ" in Fuentes' list, right next to the officially unidentified "AC."
The VeloNews' Friday Mailbag brings up the provocative question of doping in sports reflecting society, and the hypocrisies within:
We put athletes on a pedestal and when they are busted for doing, we burn them at the stake. Aren't we the ones who buy pills to enhance our sex lives? Don't many of us buy pills to help us get a better night's sleep, so we can be more alert and on top of our game? Don't most of us down coffee and energy drinks so that we can get the lift we need to get us through the day?
So why should the athletes be any different? Where do we draw the line with performance enhancing? When we stop investing so much money in our pros and what we expect from them, then maybe the doping problems will fade away. Until then it's here to stay.
Excuse me now why I go get my 24oz monster drink.
San Diego, California
The VeloNews also notes that Lance Armstrong will NOT be competing in next week's Leadville 100 due to scheduling conflicts. Looks like Lance noticed all the training Floyd Landis has been doing and thought better of it.
Ottawa Sun's "Letter of the Day" seems to think cycling's troubles began with Landis:
The 2007 Tour de France was plagued by drug cheaters and allegations of failed drug tests. It's been losing credibility since 2006 winner Floyd Landis tested positive.
Press Democrat Columnist writes of a previous high profile resident of Murietta -- Barry Bonds, who wintered there for four years.
Rant writes about the right and wrong kind of creativity that can affect the outcomes of drug testing from various WADA labs. He also cites the above NZ Herald article.
Chuck the Cyclist writes that pro cycling will survive despite everything.
Beegcellent Baseball writes Bud Selig and tells him to take a page from cycling's book on catching drug cheats.
Racejunkie givers us a tour through 80s music as themes for comment on many current cycling stories.
Pommi explores the differences in doping offense sentences between baseball and cycling. Guess which one has the harsher penalties?