The CyclingNews reports that the UCI is stepping up its' anti doping programs for the upcoming World Championships with an acceleration of out of competition testing leading up to the championships, and further testing during the event:
These may be selected at random or based on the UCI's list of targeted riders - those suspected of using performance enhancing substances or methods.
Perhaps the most significant measure, however, is the storage of blood for growth hormone testing, when such a test becomes available. This, according to the UCI, is likely to be the end of 2007. Growth hormone has long been known as a drug used by cyclists, although its true performance enhancing effects (maintaining muscle mass and therefore increasing strength) have often been called into question scientifically. Still, the UCI will be hoping its latest measure acts as a deterrent while the test is being finalised.
Finally, the UCI will also conduct around 100 early morning blood tests before events, making it possible to prohibit riders from starting or improve the targeting of post-race testing
The VeloNews says that the RFEC insists it will send Alejandro Valverde to the World Championships despite the UCI ban on his attendance.
The VeloNews also reports that Pat McQuaid has called a truce with the three major three week tours. The UCI president may be ready to give in to demands by organizers of cycling's big three who want out of the ProTour calendar of races.
ESPN prints an AP piece about the company, Specialty Distribution Services Inc., which had sent HGH to various "well known" athletes and entertainers. It has been fined 10.5 million dollars and has agreed to cooperate with Federal prosecutors in an ongoing investigations into the use of HGH.
The Pilot Online.com provides the typical op-ed on cheating in sports with an emphasis on the New England Patriots' recent transgressions. The author feels that sports fan have hardened themselves against recent cheaters thanks in part to "the annoying and discredited cyclist Floyd Landis" who, the writer says, continues to insult our collective intelligence with his protestations of innocence. Funny we don't remember anyone describing Floyd as "annoying" before.
PJ laments the fact that even though we see another day of black smoke wafting above the square, the end of this interminable wait is now in sight and he may lose touch with all of the fine people waiting with him for news of this year's Landis conclave. PJ also notes that today marks the one year anniversary of the original Landis conclave.
Rant notes it's been 119 days since the hearing adjourned, that Valverde has been named to the Spanish world championship team (with a fallback plan), and wonders why Landis fan Brad Wiggins isn't on the UCI testing list.
Suitcase of Courage encourages (sorry) French MTB racer Julien Absalom to follow Landis' path into road racing, so he can be the next French Hero.
The RoadBike has been avoiding the Landis saga for a while, but has noticed more hits lately from searches for Floyd. He's wondering if his traffic will double if he says, "Floyd, Floyd, Floyd". Well, it got a link from us.... Anyway, he's guessing the last possible minute for the decision, but hasn't heard it's likely to be the 23rd, not the 22nd.
SurfaceHippy answers questions about hip resurfacing and it's application for young active patients.
So Quoted makes short mention of the impending Landis decision and gives us a nice plug. Thanks!
An Athlete's Rise and Fall in the World has lots to gab about, including the fact that he thinks Floyd Landis is guilty of doping but will not reveal a reason now. He may make it all clear after the decision is rendered. Can't wait.
Fortyf15teen admires Floyd Landis' taste in Zappa Kappa tee-shirts, and posts a close up of the one Floyd liked so much and took pics of at the SM100. Fortyf15 says he will have more made up so he can send one to Floyd, and you can have one too IF you know the secret handshake. He also says that Phil Liggett will hit on any woman with a pulse, there's more to that story to be sure. Fat boys rule.
Speaker/Ally White writes a puzzling piece that has Landis striped (sic), and, get this:
In Landis specific case media has played an important role and people has been led to confusion since no official trial has been conducted by the U.S Anti-Doping Agency.
One can only hope this is an ancient piece that has resurfaced, and not one that is current and this misinformed.
Through a Glass Half-Empty again likens Landis to Bonds, and loves the prospect of sending the record HR ball to Cooperstown with a branded asterisk.