The CyclingNews writes about yesterday's meeting between TdF boss Christian Prudhomme and Quick Step's Patrick Lefevere concerning the very slim possibility that Tom Boonen could, after all, ride the Tour:
"They didn't say yes and they didn't say no," Lefevere reported. "We were well received and had a good discussion. The important thing is that they listed to us. We told them how it works in Flanders. But they had their arguments, too. We have no deadline for a decision."
A later edition of CyclingNews says Robbie McEwen did nothing to endear himself to fans and fellow riders alike at the Tour of Switzerland. Or maybe did something positively un-endearing, calling it "F***g Switzerland". Fabian Cancellara, among others, is not amused. And fellow Aussie Nathan O'Neill has received a 15 month ban for testing positive for Phentermine, an appetite suppressant.
The LA Times reports on the unlikely marketing and sponsorhip partnership between the ASO, owners of the Tour de France, and AEG, who has the Tour of California.
The NY Times tells the story of how all of this blogging, sharing of information, "netwebbing," etc. might have started in the mind of obscure Belgian Paul Otley in 1934. It doesn't have much relevancy to the doping in cycling issue, but we thought it was interesting to read about his conception of "electric telescopes".
CyclingWeekly makes a joke of this years final stage going by Chatenay-Malabry. It did last year too. As well as a certain doping lab, it's the home to the ASO and L'Equipe.
The Sports Academic modestly suggests that, since they decide the races anyway, we should cut out the middlemen wearing Lycra and have the lab techs ride the races. In their lab coats.
September 07: Hearing Award
October 07: Hue's Hearing Appraisal
November 07: Major document Release
January 08: Larry's Curb Your Anticipation
Tuesday, June 17, 2008