Times (UK) returns to a story that has been submerged for a while: Ian Thorpe, the Australian swimmer has a case before CAS after his national ADA declined to pursue him. FINA, the international swimming federation, thought he was let off too easily, and took it to CAS. The story says Thorpe has just submitted his evidence. As far as we understand, it's a T/E ratio case only, where the longitudinal study didn't support prosecution according to the ASADA. Probably his evidence is an analysis of the longitudinal, if we're guessing. (Tip from eightzero in a comment).
PPOL News advertises Ergon grips which Dave Wiens used at Leadville last weekend to come in first ahead of Floyd Landis.
Mountain Flyer has a story pointed to by the PPOL ad above, giving details of the race as Wiens saw it. The winner had problems of his own, including a soft rear for the last 20 miles that he had to fiddle with. Now we can really play the what-if game, 'cause if Landis hadn't tried to run him down so hard after his own flat, then he might have had more left at the end, and with Dave slogging with a soft tire... And that's why they run the race.
New West Boise thinks that there must be a huge backstory to the abandonment by Tailwind of its' Discovery cycling team, how else can it be explained that a sponsor was almost on board and then, nothing? The author has an interesting solution to the problem of finding sponsorship for an American cycling team. It is also noted in the piece that the Women's Tour de France was just completed and an American, Amber Neben, came in second.
CyclingNews Letters go over the usual ground of doping.
Sunday NY Times "PLAY" magazine insert will be running a profile on Landis, and it's warmed up here in a chat with the author, Sara Corbett.
If Landis was wrongly accused, then it’s an unbelievable tragedy for the sport and for him personally. If he cheated to win and has spent the last year getting people to donate more than a million dollars to his defense fund, well, that’s a remarkable act of hubris. I don’t know which scenario is true. Nobody seems to know. But all this puts Landis at the center of a pretty interesting paradox, and that’s what I most wanted to write about.
The full article is a long, detailed, and somewhat painful read, but well worth the time.
CFA recommends the above NYT Magazine piece about Floyd Landis titled "The Outcast", and feels even more conflicted about Floyd than before. Read it and weep.
Online Sports News posts the NYT Floyd Landis profile.
Fatty writes what he swears is the last, well one of the last, in his entertaining Leadville chronicles from last weekend. Fatty wanted to break 9 hours, and almost did it and while he was at the finish line cooling off there was time for pictures with family, friends, and the cowboy below.
Did Floyd have to come back to the finish line and hang around with a bunch of stinky guys more than two hours after he had finished the race? No. Was he acting like a diva? Nope. Would he talk with and take pictures with anyone who wanted? Yes.
Golf Punk says that golf is now the number one sport, and cycling is merely a pharmacy on wheels. Everyone in cycling is dirty, including super fan Robin Williams. Actually it's just a bad time in sports altogether. Golf had better watch out, it could be next.
Rabbit Ramblings gives a good overview of the current doping situation in cycling with even a little history thrown in. When all is said and done, Boo thinks that Lance Armstrong did dope for all of his TdF wins, it's easy to pass those tests and still be a doper. Conversely he thinks that Floyd Landis did NOT use testosterone in winning the 2006 TdF. He feels cycling needs less money not more, and that it will come through better than ever after some tough times.
Triple Crankset reviews some of the latest cycling news, and thinks Landis second at Leadville was a "showcase" for any future employers -- depending on how the arbitration might be decided.