ESPN/Bonnie D(eSimone) Ford says the decision is likely "before the end of September", according to a memo by Brunet that fell into her hands yesterday. Their last meeting with Botre is set for Sep 12, which might start the 10 day clock, giving us Sep 22 or Sep 26 as likely dates. It appears TBV's rationalization for bad performance on the Oct 7 Diablo Challenge is set.
CyclingNews previews the Shenandoah Mountain 100, and introduces us to contenders and favorites that aren't named Landis. Foremost is Chris Eatough ('e tough?), who has already clinched the National Ultra-Endurance title, along with Harlan Price, Gerry Pflug.
(We won't be providing the detail we did with Leadville, sorry.)
Elsewhere, The CyclingNews, with no direct Landis content, notes that Alejandro Valverde has been banned from the Worlds and that in addition the UCI is starting proceedings against him for his alleged involvement in OP. In other UCI news the rift between the UCI and WADA grows wider with WADA choosing not to participate in The Worlds this year because it was not officially invited to do so by the UCI. Pat McQuaid commented:
"It is not just because of the relationship with UCI, but also for financial reasons as well," he said, shortly after the finish of the Tour of Ireland in Dublin. "I don't know exactly what the reason is. But I don't think it will have any effect on the world championships. We have a steering committee which is working: we have a system in place with that steering committee to do a major number of out of competition controls by the UCI and with the national anti-doping agencies prior to the world championships."
He said that a major measure taken prior to the Tour de France would once again be used for the Worlds. "We have written to all the federations that will be taking part in the world championships, telling them that we want every rider who will be taking part in the championships to sign a pledge, similar to the one before the Tour. It will actually have to be slightly different for the Under 23 riders and the women, but it will be similar to the one we did for the ProTour teams before the Tour de France.
The VeloNews also covers the turf war between WADA and The UCI.
The Boulder Reports says that for the last Goddamn time the answer should be NO to legalized use of PEDs -- and we agree with the reasoning.
The Onion reports on the finish of the non-dopers at the Tour de France, which happened today, taking two months.
Rant thinks the cases of Rasmussen and Valverde are revealing some political machinations that are not flattering. We are shocked, shocked to hear there might be more to anti-doping enforcement than the pursuit of fair play.
Paisley had a strange dream the other night about Floyd Landis appearing in his underwear in a gourmet grocery store. Floyd argued briefly about the propriety of his dress and then left. Floyd shopping for groceries? Now that's strange.
James Kirby discusses doping in cycling and the dubious relationship between cycling and impotence. Viagra may actually be of benefit in high altitude racing because it dialates blod vessels. So it may need to become a banned substance. Maybe all of the "Male Performance Enhancement" spam is about cycling?
Shawn Adams Coaching was injured recently in a MB race and broke his shoulder. He will have to miss racing against Floyd Landis this weekend at the SM100, but will be rested for his cyclo-cross Nationals.
Chipotle-Titus MTB team blog runs down their Leadville, with two top-10 finishers in Mike Hogan and Thomas Dooley. Lots of pix.
In the gutter tries to compare his looks to a very old picture of Landis
CrystalZenMud steps back and looks at some politics in cycling anti-doping efforts.
PJ wonders if the arbs in the Landis case have entered the witness protection program. Let me just say that if PJ had ever run into Campbell, he'd know how unlikely it is for one arbiter to hide, anywhere, from anything.
Diablo Scott has a blog devoted to his obsession with Climbing Mt. Diablo. What kind of nut would do a single topic cycling blog? Crazy. He does offer these informative graphics (click for bigger):