The VeloNews interviews Alberto Contador who says he has no "plan B" , he insists that he must be included in the field for the Tour de France:
Q: Can you accept the idea that you might not go to the Tour?
AC: No – at the moment I cannot imagine not going to the Tour. The (Astana) team is completely new – new staff, new directors, new riders – the only thing that has stayed the same is the sponsor. It was bad that we were left out of the Giro because a lot of riders (on Astana) were preparing to make the race. The Giro is very important for the team.
Of course there is the question of the possible reopening of OP by CONI and in Spain, and Contador's possible involvement in that.
The NY Times reports Jeff Novitzky, the IRS agent who has been instrumental in several high profile steroid cases including that of Marion Jones, will be attending the Congressional hearings next week where Roger Clemens, Brian MacNamee, and Kirk Radomski will testify. He will be there ostensibly to make sure the testimony given, some of which is already being questioned, matches what has been previously stated.
The CyclingNews says that monies still owed riders from last year's Tour de France, but delayed due to the doping scandals of last year, will finally be paid out.
Rant was inspired by recent statements from Pat McQuaid to look once more at who gets to decide who competes in what race. The UCI rules which govern this topic are confusing, but it appears that so far no one has broken any of them.
PositiveCycling thinks BMC's "Landis approved" track frame set it a bit pricey.