Saturday, December 08, 2007

Saturday Roundup

The NY Times notes Barry Binds' not guilty "nod" yesterday in a San Francisco courtroom.

Bloomberg also reports on the Bonds court proceedings yesterday, in which he plead "not guilty" of perjury and obstruction, and they managed to work Floyd Landis into the mix as well.

The CyclingNews is replete with doping related items this morning. They include accusations that more than just one T-Mobile rider doped at the 2006 Tour de France, and that another race is the victim of a doping scandal. It also appears that Patrick Lefevere is not the only member of the AIGCP board to resign and there is more on the retirement of Alexander Vinokourov who nonetheless vows to continue the effort to clear his name.

The VeloNews Friday Mailbag finds a writer in agreement with "cheater" Vino on the likelihood that doping is not the sole domain of cycling, nor is it exclusive to the pros as is pointed out in another note. And hey why is it the Tour "de" Georgia anyway?

Pommi has no Landis content in his bog entry of yesterday, but is soon to be on his way back home to the US from China after an interesting experiience there.

A very late but interesting comment by karuna at Rant talks about Rasmussen's "Dynepo" leak

A Dutch (news) television station broadcasted on the day the Vogelzang rapport was made public that a second test on the sample which claimed to be ‘not negative for Dynepo ’, turned out negative (for Dynepo).

[T]he UCI is officially the only one who can link the names to the samples. So who was to blame when something comes out? The UCI. We think it might very well be possible that the whole thing had nothing to do with Rasmussen himself; it might be another round in the power struggle between the UCI and the ASO.

There is another possibility for how the name is attached to the sample.

The forms filled out by the test are papers on top of each other. On the first is written the name of the rider. It presses through (if that is the right English expression) on the second where it is supposed to be. But should not on the form meant for the lab. With a pencil it sometimes is possible though to find out the name of the rider. In this case the lab (worker) is fully at fault.

Bikescag still thinks Landis got screwed.

Brad Keyes
believed Landis when he read Positively False, but having read Walsh's Lance to Landis, now thinks he doped.