Quote of the Day
My contention is that a sport cannot be successful if the promoters and the organizers are telling the fans that the [athletes are] all cheats. That the results are not to be trusted. Even if it is true.
The Globe and Mail writes about Canadian bobsledder Serge Despres who faces a 20 month suspension for an extremely low level of steroids found in an out of competition test from last summer. He retains Landis legal team member Howard Jacobs who hopes to get a reduction of the suspension due to the circumstances surrounding the positive result:
He said an arbitrator for the Sport Dispute Resolution Centre of Canada agreed that he did not willfully take nandrolone and that "there is no significant fault or negligence" on his part. Still, his Olympic dream faces obstacles.
During the 2006-07 season, Despres suffered a hip injury that caused him to miss the world championships and led to hip surgery in June of 2007. To hasten his recovery, Despres said he consulted Bobsleigh Canada's nutritionist, who recommended that he eat specific foods and take "a number of supplements which were clean of any prohibited substances and low risk," he said.
The CyclingNews notes that Pat McQuaid has stated emphatically that Alberto Contador should be allowed to defend his TdF title this year, and the UCI will take legal steps if necessary to try to insure that he gets that chance. ESPN also reports on this development.
Fatty has some sage advice to Johan Bruyneel on how he can still get "Astana" into the TdF. Pay close attention to the Monty Python reference, it works for all sorts of situations.
Rant writes about the "ping pong" match between the UCI and the ASO, the "ball" just happens to be Astana, and Pat McQuaid has just served. It's all about who has the real power.
Team Specialized posts this picture of some team members with Floyd Landis at the charity ride held last Saturday morning in California. In the interest of full disclosure the Strbuks ride Specialized. Photo originally posted by Edan.
Bad Idea Racing is irked USACYcling has confusingly named its MTB series the "National Ultra Endurance Calendar", which is completely different than the National Ultra Endurance series that that Landis is riding this year. Hey folks, this is what trademarks are for -- and it sure looks like an opportunity for confusion to us. Maybe Richard Young will see his opportunities and want Landis' suspension to be reset because of these races.
Pantaloon fan is bummed by all the doping stories, because now he doesn't know what anyone can do on their own. Yet he still finds watching video of Stage 17 inspiring.
Woody points us to a newly available T-shirt design, reminding us of so many pieces of art we've seen drawn on roads at cycling events. We anticipate a swiftly delivered "cease and desist" letter: