Quote of the Day, pragmatic guidance dept:
Beer: Forest Service does not want to see cans or bottles of beer in plain view.
(Be sure to bring your brown paper bags.)
The VeloNews flashes that Danilo DiLuca has been cleared of doping charges by The Italian Olympic Committee’s court of last resort:
Earlier this month, the court delayed its decision to allow three scientists to further evaluate the sample. On Wednesday, the court ruled that there was insufficient evidence to prove a violation.
The charge against Di Luca represented something of a departure from traditional laboratory analysis, in that the rider was charged on the basis of abnormal readings rather than on the presence of a banned substance or its metabolites.
The World Anti-Doping Agency and the UCI have the option of appealing the decision to the International Court of Arbitration for Sport in Lausanne, Switzerland.
The Monterey Herald talks about the history of the Sea Otter, referring to Landis as a Tour de France winner who competed there. (Landis' 2003 appearance there wasn't exactly a happy one.)
CounterPunch says ASO's treatment of Astana is a collective punishment that is mis-aimed:
The ASO's use of collective punishment will soon erode the trust between teammates as pressures to snitch on teammates suspected of doping will increase. Collective punishment not only punishes innocent team members who have done nothing wrong, but it rots the team camaraderie needed for bicycle teams to compete.
This new level of collective punishment moves the responsibility for individual doping from the individuals to team names. The consequences of individual doping are now apparently to be shared by all -- even to be shared by those who weren't even on the team when violations occurred. Imagine if the baseball commissioner decided that he was cracking down on steroids by declaring that any team on which José Canseco played would be banned from league play for a year. Or imagine the commissioner declaring that the Yankees were banned from league play for a year because Roger Clemens' prominence in the Mitchell Report.
Mark D previews this Saturday's NUE Cohutta 100 in which Floyd Landis will take part.