The San Jose Mercury News quotes Greg LeMond saying he is glad that cycling is being "brought to its knees" by the recent doping scandals it has had to endure. LeMond, who will speak at Santa Clara University Sunday night, also references the incident involving former Landis manager Will Geoghegan at the USADA hearings last May as "...the meanest, cruelest thing that's ever happened to me in my life". He goes on to further comment on Lance Armstrong with whom he has a continuing feud that is now being contested legally.
The CyclingNews says that despite his team being shunned by the ASO, Andreas Kloden will stick with Astana. The Friday reader mail column is full of responses to the ASO decision this week to exclude Astana from all of its events this year.
And in yet more CyclingNews Alberto Contador says he will NOT leave Astana despite the team's exclusion from all ASO events this year. Also it appears the reopening of OP will not involve further prosecution of cyclists:
One day after the Provincial Court of Madrid announced its decision of re-opening the investigation around Operación Puerto, it would seem as if this only concerned the heads of the affair, Doctor Eufemiano Fuentes and his assistant Merino Batres. As a matter of fact, todociclismo reported that the criminal investigation that will now be conducted will only apply to the conservation of the 200 blood bags thought to be used for doping practices.
Under Spanish criminal law, flaws in the handling of the blood bags can be penalised, but not the doping practices themselves. Therefore, the actions of the cyclists, former team manager Manolo Sáiz, Ignacio Labarta, Vicente Belda and others will reportedly not be the target of the re-visited investigation.
In comments below, Bill Hue thinks this is whistling in the dark, and that if there is evidence to go after cyclists, they will be gone after, no matter what anyone says now.
CycnlingNews later says that High Road is back in the Giro.
ESPN reports that federal prosecutors have egg on their faces as regards an erroneous press release about the Barry Bonds case. We expect them to will wipe it off and proceed as if nothing happened.
Rant notes the reopening of Operation Puerto and hopes that if indeed it is pursued by WADA and the UCI the evidence within is unimpeachable and that this new exercise is not just another witch hunt.
Life on a Bike has some pictures in the Valentine's Day post that should get STRBUK's attention.