The CyclingNews this morning provides two items of interest. The first being Christian Prudhomme's assertion that since Astana's past doping problems have damaged the image of the TdF he cannot assure the team, and thus defending Tour de France champ Alberto Contador, an invitation to participate in it this year. CONI's reopening of the OP can of worms surely didn't help. Also, Frankie Andreu speaks out on Rock Racing and the Kayle Leogrande lawsuit filed against USADA. Andreu asserts that RR knew of the impending actions USADA might take against Leogrande and felt RR did not react appropriately:
When asked how much this specific instance of the Rock & Republic sponsored team affected his decision to part ways with the team in December, Andreu responded that it was more the reaction by the team owners – or more specifically the lack of reaction – that gave him a sour taste. "There were a combination of things [in my decision,] but the non-reaction by Rock & Republic was certainly part of that. I knew [the investigation] was in the development. I didn't know about the lawsuit, but I knew there were rumors of the test. "
In more CyclingNews ACE, the Agency for Cycling Ethics, has announced a new anti-doping program for smaller teams with fewer funds, and the first team to implement the program is BMC:
The new program announced Tuesday is called the "Blood Passport Program" and offers "slightly more blood testing at a small cost," according to the company's press release. "ACE's Blood Passport Program includes an average of 15 random collections per rider per year, both in and out of competition, and provides longitudinal analysis of biological markers, including testing for hemoglobin, hematocrit, mean corpuscular volume, reticulocyte count, and off score (stimulation index). As a result, this program provides for blood testing and analysis equal to or greater in frequency than the UCI's 2008 program.
The Village Voice gives "Bigger, Stronger, Faster ", the documentary about steroids in which Floyd Landis is interviewed, a thumbs up.
Cyclelicio.us correctly notes the "told you so" we'll claim if a Slipstream rider shows up as a false positive after being clear on the team tests. We've predicted trouble like that when we heard thought about resolving disputes between Team/ACE testing, "Passport" readings, and WADA doping control tests. It'll be ugly.
Bugs and Cranks snarks that Roger Clemens should go bowling with Floyd Landis since they are both guilty and have been convicted in the court of public opinion. That doesn't sound fair given Clemen's shoulder, arm and wrist strength. How about billiards?
Dink and Flika, who appear to be Fox News fans, seem to have a running joke in giving "Floydie" awards to people who make comments on their site.
September 07: Hearing Award
October 07: Hue's Hearing Appraisal
November 07: Major document Release
January 08: Larry's Curb Your Anticipation
Tuesday, January 29, 2008