Friday, April 18, 2008

Friday Roundup

The CyclingNews' letters column contains a variety of interesting topics for perusal today.

Velonews has an interview with Chris Horner, where he talks about Floyd winning the tour with an inferior team but superior race tactics. No quibbles, "when Floyd won..." (tip from an emailer).

WADAwatch got a polite response from CAS about its Amicus brief in the Landis arbitration, being nicely told to take it and jump in a lake. No surprise there.

Bad Idea Racing has taken blog title to heart and decided to race Cohuta on a fixed gear. He also muses:

Hmmmmmm... I see Dejay, Fuzzy, and Floyd Landis all got in after the registration filled up. Ahhhhhhhhhh.... to be one of the bigs. Do you think a limo picks them up at the airport, or are they helicoptered straight to the venue?

Velo Vortmax thinks that USADA's "Project Believe" is something athletes should be very wary of, and they should be very afraid. Now in order to obtain an AAF all the anti-doping agencies will need is an indication that something in a participant's basic blood or urine chemistry has changed:
How many more promising athletic careers will be destroyed? How many more lives? Changes in biological parameters of urine and blood without a locus cannot substitute for a positive test for exogenous performance enhancing substances. Think. A "biological passport" scheme to detect doping in absence of a "positive test" is useless. Longitudinal tests should only be used when a WADA lab result is inconclusive, or in cases where a valid concern exists that the Adverse Analytical Finding was caused by a departure in International Standards by a WADA accredited lab.

Hammonds and Hausmann
(french) describe TAS/CAS, and cites Richard McLaren as one of the notable arbitrators. CAS hears about 22 cases a year.


Ritchey_Breakaway said...

I, too, read Horner's interview and was struck by his matter-of-fact statement about Floyd winning The Tour. My immediate thought was seeing the two together on Team Mercury at the Tour of Langkawi--and them getting into a fist fight on camera over team leadership. Perhaps they have reconciled since then, but I would have figured there was no love lost between them, and no reason for Chris to support Floyd's cause.

I wonder how the rest of the peloton (except Caisse d'Epargne) feels now that some time has passed and the panel's findings released.