The CyclingNews reports that at the ToC post stage press conference yesterday UCI president Pat McQuaid split hairs about why he feels the RCS's exclusion of Astana from events it sponsors is not as egregious the ASO's. Also in rather confusing OP news Spanish judges have ruled that they will allow riders to voluntarily compare their DNA with the DNA gathered from the blood bags stored in Madrid. The judges maintain that the riders are "witnesses" in the cases against Dr. Fuentes and Jose Merino and as such are not "accused." Still they could be liable to punishment by their respective sporting federations (or perhaps the UCI?) if a match is discovered. One wonders then why any rider would dare to attempt such a comparison. In later news the "scandal of the day" is that a female doping controller was asked to accept the samples of Quick Step's Kevin Hulsmans, chaos and modesty ensued:
But the controller was a female, upsetting Hulsmans. "I don't think it is normal that a woman is indicated for that job," Hulsmans complained to Sportwereld.be. "We politely asked her to leave, but she refused. What were they thinking? That I would try to escape through the roof?
He further wondered what would happen if the situations were reversed. "Would they send a man to look at eight naked female athletes?" he asked.
The VeloNews' Mr. Rogers Neighborhood does the obligatory "fashion review" that we expect from any event held in California, and in another article Greg LeMond wants the remainder of the millions owed him by the developer of a land deal up in Montana who tried a buy out LeMond's shares at less than their estimated value.
In more VeloNews suspended cyclist Patrik Sinkewitz faces jail time if he continues to refuse to "rat" on his alleged compatriots. Apparently, for now, "Sammy the Bull" he is not.
Copperhouse Dance Party sees a conspiracy in France targeting American riders, citing the Landis case as an example, as he tries to garner support for Levi Leipheimer.
Swim! Bike! Run! says Robbie Ventura is his coach, and Robbie is Floyd's coach, but SBR is better than Floyd. It's nice to have a fantasy life, Mr. Mitty.
Left Handed Leftist does a "trust but verify" on some claims made about gas prices. We advise caution conflating correlation with causality.
Racejunkie catches Alberto Contador trying to "bail" on Astana without effect, and how about those OP blood bags?