The CyclingNews covers the UCI's suspension of the FFC with president Pat McQuaid calling the French federation "disloyal" among other things. The FFC's response says it all when it notes the lack of any immediate effect this action has and states, "This penalty will change absolutely nothing in the serious crisis that currently present in international cycling." The sanction actually has bearing only on the next UCI congress from which the FFC will be excluded. And on and on it goes.
In the latest CyclingNews Tom Boonen is finding support from former riders as well as his team, and Patrick Lefevere says that the team sponsors want him in the Tour de France. Rumors of a meeting between Lefevere and Christian Prudhomme persist even though the ASO has made it clear Boonen is not welcome. Stay tuned
CylingNews' letters this week have lots of comment about Tom Boonen's present "troubles" with the following note from Doug Hurst of Springfield, VA getting our particular attention, as well as a hearty "amen":
I'd like to see CN...go back and retrieve some of the very nasty and unforgiving quotes Patrick Lefevere had for Floyd Landis and the Operation Puerto riders. Then compare them to the whiny defense of Tom Boonan, who is under so much pressure and it's not easy being Tom Boonan.
When it starts to rock the financial future of his [Lefevere's] team and all its members, Lefevere seems pretty quick to give the young man a pass.
The VeloNews blurbs an episode of A&E's "Intervention" which will air next week. The show will feature former Postal rider Chad Gerlach who epitomizes the darkest side of an addiction which started with the severe back pain he suffered as a road cyclist. Here's the rather inaccurate but predictably sensational preview provided by A&E:
A&E’s episode listing describes Gerlach’s troubled path: “After a troubled childhood that sent him to juvenile hall for felony arson, Chad's father introduced him to cycling at age 15. Chad went pro and cycled on the same team as Lance Armstrong. But after getting kicked off the team for ‘personality conflicts,’ Chad was crushed and turned to drugs. Now homeless, Chad spends his days panhandling, smoking crack and drinking. His family's many efforts to get him off the streets have failed. Their last hope is an intervention.”
Racejunkie writes the "it covers everyone busted from Landis on dream rider apology"
39X23 breaks the "news" that Landis has signed a long term management contract, and offers photographic evidence. He may be making something up.
September 07: Hearing Award
October 07: Hue's Hearing Appraisal
November 07: Major document Release
January 08: Larry's Curb Your Anticipation
Friday, June 13, 2008