The CyclingNews says Tom Boonen is in hot water due to the confirmation of a positive test for cocaine, but that he may avoid a racing ban if the UCI stay out of it. Boonen will be meeting with is team today. More news is sure to follow-- expect Levefre, the Quickstep DS who blew lots of indignant smoke about Landis, to be mightily tap-dancing to protect his star during a sponsorship search.
VeloNews reports that despite the rumors floating about after Alberto Contador stole the Giro, Astana still insists the ASO will not relent and invite them to the TdF.
Fox Sports posted a piece last week on the biggest train wrecks in sports, and Floyd Landis was NOT on the list. Can decide if this is progress or not, but thank goodness for good ole Tonya Harding.
ESPN/AP say Justin Gatlin's last LAST ditch effort is trying to sue his way into the US Olympics time trials in three weeks. His Florida suit filed yesterday is based on the Americans with Disabilities Act,claiming his 2001 positive test resulted from his use of required ADD medication. Gatlin has a new attorney, Joe Zarzaur, meaning Suh is out of it. Even if Gatlin wins this suit, and places at the Olympic Trials, we don't see how he'll be accepted at The Games with the CAS ruling in place. The IATF, IOC and CAS in Beijing are unlikely to accept the jurisdiction of the US Court having already made their arbitration ruling. It looks like a hurdle into a dead end to us.
Chris @Podium Cafe updates "Boonen Gate" with this apt little comment:
To Boonen: you expect people to read through the headlines and understand the nuance? Get real. Take the example of Floyd Landis: he has an argument that procedural errors were made in his testosterone positive, but Casual fans and potential sponsors didn't wade through the details. His cycling epitaph reads "Cyclist... Winner... Drugs" and so will yours.
Racejunkie feels baby Contador may be getting some kind of a break, while Tom Boonen may be skating on thin ice. But, there is no doubt about how Paul Sherwin and Phil Liggett feel about Floyd "free me already" Landis, and they said so during VS's Dauphine coverage on Sunday:
Phil and Paul Are Gods: y'know, I almost felt sorry for 2006 Tour de France second banana/maillot jaune anyway Oscar Pereiro yesterday, as the perfect team of Liggett and Sherwen said straight out they'd never seen him as the winner of that Tour and never will, because he took it on one escape where he wasn't even a marked man, then, mercifully switching the focus from the really pretty decent Pereiro's shortcomings and on to Floyd Landis' total hosing, expressed annoyance with ASO's handing off the jersey without a definitive ruling and that's it's flat disastrous for both the rider and the sport to have no resolution damn near two years on. Right on Phil & Paul--suck up the embarrassment of the complete farce that's been this process, CAS, and free Floyd already!
WADAwatch doesn't see why France is getting WADA support.
In Comments here, JRButcher trainspots lots of cars in the ongoing wreck that was the 2006 Tour.
Comments at Rant chew the Boonen bone. Some point out the irk Specialized must now feel having ponied up big money to hype Tom at The Tour; others point out that now ASO has a no-win, because they are going to be cruxified whether Tom is dis-invited, or allowed to come.
September 07: Hearing Award
October 07: Hue's Hearing Appraisal
November 07: Major document Release
January 08: Larry's Curb Your Anticipation
Tuesday, June 10, 2008