The CyclingNews says that the city of Stuttgart refuses to pay the UCI the rest of the money owed it, righteous indignation abounds:
"We will not hand over taxpayers' money to any organisation that is not fighting seriously against doping," Mayor Wolfgang Schuster told the Stuttgarter Nachrichten newspaper according to Eurosport. On the line are 600,000 Euros due to the UCI and 75,000 Euros due to the German Cycling Federation.
The VeloNews provides another doping item, this one has Paolo Bettini suing the German TV station ZDF for accusing him of supplying PEDs to Patrik Sinkewitz. It sadly seems that more action currently takes place in courtrooms than on the roads:
Bettini had slammed what he termed "a campaign of denigration of which the town of Stuttgart, the organising committee and channel ZDF are responsible." "We've decided to take legal action regarding this campaign of denigration," the cyclist's lawyer Guido Marangoni said. "We're not yet in a position to evaluate the totality of the damage cause to Paolo Bettini."
The Miami Herald writes about the "dark side of the sports circus" and includes Floyd Landis along with McLaren racing, Michael Vik, and Bill Belichick. It speaks about the rather institutionalized cheating that takes place in a win at all costs time in our history saying that perhaps the current spate of cheater stories is cyclic. The bottom line is that all of the cheating that takes place undermines the integrity of sports.
Blindside posts an entry dedicated to a discussion of what can be good and bad about using the internet. One good thing cited is that vigilant users can expose fraud, and the bad is that unscrupulous people can illegally distribute PEDs. Inevitably it seems Floyd Landis is blamed for making cheating look appealing in some way in that winners take drugs or something. Huh? Full Post with Comments...