The CyclingNews' first update of the day finds more detail on the European Cycling Union's rebuffing of the ASO and its plans for Paris-Nice this year. But, they also want to UCI to rethink its stand on the pro tour schedule. Meanwhile Pat McQuaid, fleshes out his call for sanctions against teams who participate in the "outlaw" Paris-Nice event this year. McQuaid sees very dark days ahead for cycling if the ASO persists in its threatened actions. In other UCI news Frank Vandenbrouke is taking the cycling body to court for "sanctioning" his team if they select him:
"This is pure insanity," Paul De Geyter, Vandenbroucke's manager told Belgian newspaper HLN. "There are no other words to describe it [the decision of the UCI]. Frank has been punished for offences that occurred in 2000 the night before Omloop Het Volk. A punishment he has already served. Furthermore, they are accusing him of racing in Italy under another name. They have never questioned us over that at all and have taken all their information from the media. They also accuse him of being good friends with Bernard Sainz. Are they going to determine who a rider can talk to now?"
The VeloNews posts the Mailbag column, and you can guess what the major topic of discussion is.
ESPN reports that the IAAF has requested the CAS double Justin Gatlin's four year ban for PED use. Gatlin himself has appealed the initial ban to the CAS, with a hearing expected sometime in May.
ESPN also says that major European track and field meets will not invite anyone who has ever served any sanction for doping, even if individuals have served their suspensions. This may be a trend for the future in all sports and is being used as a further deterrent against doping. So much for "paying your debt" to sporting society.
Racejunkie goes to the heart of the matter with a youtube "special" throwdown "featuring" Pat McQuaid and Christian Prudhomme, or someone. As RJ says at least the ASO admits to being angered over past egg on its face, what's the UCI's excuse?
KTLA Morning News Blog asks all kinds of questions about what is natural, what is medical, and what is PED, and wonders how we can tell the difference, and what can and ought to be allowed. No answers. Landis and testosterone are mentioned as an example -- syn T is a legitamate medical supplement, so why is it banned?
Our tax dollars would be better spent going to the FDA than to televising congressional witch hunts of professional sports figures and their cronies - who turn a doping investigation into a circus of lies and back-stabbing; for which they will forever be remembered.
But the FDA regulation doesn't present nearly as much Theater as congressional hearings, and the public wants entertainment. Or, as was said about the apparent steroid use in baseball, "fans want their dingers". Perhaps Clemens' greatest sin was being a pitcher, and not a hitter.
Cycling4Charity promises pictures, one of Floyd Landis, from the recently completed ToC.
Eat Sleep MTB compares a recent workout to one of Landis' pre-tour as passed by Allen Lim, and concludes that he sucks. TBV compares his to ESMTB, and concludes he is glad he is has a day job.
Team Armada has another picture of Landis on the recumbent at Vision Quest Camp. It looks like he's banging away on his iPhone, using the trike as a convenient seat.
September 07: Hearing Award
October 07: Hue's Hearing Appraisal
November 07: Major document Release
January 08: Larry's Curb Your Anticipation
Tuesday, March 04, 2008