The VeloNews reports that, ostensibly in the wake of sponsorship defections due to doping scandals, USA Cycling has hired a business specialist who will help to generate outside revenues and develop "affinity partnerships" within the cycling industry in order to provide monies for cycling in the US. In a PM Update the VN reports that Alexander Vinokourov got a one year suspension for blood dopjng from his Kasakh cycling federation, and the UCI is angry.
The VeloNews Mailbag contains letters addressing the sponsorship issue as well as a note or two which proclaim that yes you can still have fun as a roadie.
The CyclingNews somewhat surprisingly posts some good sponsorship news, at least for Cofidis riders and fans. The CyclingNews Flash also reports the light one year ban for Alexander Vinokourov. And in their regular PM update the CN reports on the infamous Dr. Fuentes:
"They considered me a criminal. The papers were printed with my name and photos of me, while talking of hidden trafficking using initials," Fuentes said to Filippo Maria Ricci of La Gazzetta dello Sport. The resident of San Bartolomé de Tirajana (Gran Canaria, Canary Islands) was arrested shortly after the case came to public light in May 2006. "The judgement for the journalists was already written, and instead I was released. The €120,000 bail? I have not yet received it back because there is an appeal against the sentence.
A later CyclingNews says Vino is retiring, despite comments by Suh, representing him, that he's looking forward to returning.
We think there are games being played here -- the Kazakh Federation gave him a ban that is partly served to avoid sanction by the UCI -- but made it an odd one-year term that will force the UCI to spend the money for an appeal to CAS. Wonder what arguments Suh was making? They haven't been public, to our knowledge.
Over at rec.bicycles.racing, known zealot MagillaGorilla says it somehow reflects badly on Landis that Suh is Vino's attorney, because Vino is obviously guilty, and if Suh fronts for him, then Landis must be guilty too. At least, I think that is the argument. The same tar brush has been used on Jacobs in the past. We don't link it because it's pretty nasty in a number of respects.
The Boulder Report is read worthy today as it comments on "Broken" an upcoming "Bicycling" article about riders who are hit by inattentive or just plain careless drivers and then are subsequently also hit by a system which fails to recognize the severity of these tragedies.
The WSJ, in a piece we had overlooked, exposes the denials about doping expressed by members of the PGA who were responding to the announcement of drug testing for their sport. The author seems to remember similar protestations coming from cycling a while back.
Epic Riding says that
I think Floyd Landis is either innocent, or horribly delusional. Either way though, his drawn out fight against USADA, WADA and public opinion was messy and ultimately achieved nothing.
Nothing? Not entirely true-- there is quite a legacy in seeing WADA's sausage making machinery on display, and microscopically, the folks here are TBV have made a number of acquaintances we'd never imagined.
September 07: Hearing Award
October 07: Hue's Hearing Appraisal
November 07: Major document Release
January 08: Larry's Curb Your Anticipation
Thursday, December 06, 2007