The VeloNews introduces something that will probably be declared illegal performance enhancement everywhere eventually, but which we could use right now actually.
A reader also points to a Velonews article on the continued canonization of St. David Millar, in an episode of Real Sports on HBO tonight. If anyone has HBO and watches it, post a report, please.
In Other VeloNews Andrew Hood reviews Johan Bruyneel's new book, "We Might as well Win", and interviews the former DS as well. Written for a wide "non-cycling" audience this book stays away from controversy:
VN: One name that is not mentioned in the book is Michele Ferrari, why did you avoid this topic in the book?
JB: I wanted it to be a positive book. There are a lot of things that have been said that are negative. I wanted the book to be focused on the philosophy of winning. That wasn’t necessary to mention, and it is controversial anyway. That’s a battle I gave up on a long time ago. I don’t want to have to keep explaining and keep defending ourselves. I’ve passed that stage a long time ago.
VN: One thing you don’t bring up a lot in the book are the doubters, how do you react to the people that just don’t believe in the victories?
JB: That’s too bad for them. We’ve tried to explain too many times. How much harder can we try to explain? Right now with Astana, we basically have the top team with the strongest riders, we’re dominating the races, at least the ones we’re allowed to race, and we have the strictest anti-doping program that exists. (Anti-doping director Rasmus) Damsgaard and what he’s doing – it can’t get better. There are a lot of cynics out there and critics who say they prepare for a race this way or that way. Now we go to the Giro, eight days before it starts, we show and we still win it. The team is a good level and that speaks a lot.
Reuters has the latest on Gatlin's Florida case, where the judge has given in to the USOC, and Gatlin, for now, is out of the trials:
Judge Lacey Collier lifted a 10-day restraining order that would have allowed the 26-year-old Gatlin to take part in the trials in Eugene, Oregon starting on Friday.
The judge ruled that determining the United States' participation in the Olympic Games was the "exclusive jurisdiction" of the United States Olympic Committee (USOC).
Now, maybe Gatlin appeals up the Federal chain.
The AP has it too
A federal judge now says sprinter Justin Gatlin cannot compete in this weekend's U.S. Olympic track and field trials. The decision reversed his earlier order that allowed Gatlin to run.
Judge Lacey Collier said Tuesday the court had no authority to overrule the recent Court of Arbitration for Sport ruling that upheld a four-year doping ban against the defending Olympic 100-meter champion.
Chicago Tribune carries more of the Gatlin hearing yesterday, quoting IOC director of legal affairs Howard Stupp:
"Should he wish to appeal this CAS decision, he must go before the Swiss Federal Court"
The (UK) Press Association says Judge Collier has delayed a ruling until perhaps today (she did; see above).
The (UK) Guardian says the alphabets involved are likely to appeal a ruling in Gatlin's favor, presumably up the Federal chain. We not sure why they would do that if they deny US Federal Jurisdiction. Maybe it's the international agencies who feel that way, yet they showed up in the US court, which may be taken as submitting to jurisdiction. It'd be hard for the USOC and USATF to deny US jurisdiction.
The IAAF is HQ'd in Monaco, and positively crowed "IAAF defeats Gatlin in CAS appeal."
Later, Reuters and AFP report that the USOC is appealing the TRO granted Gatlin, and the international alphabets are saying no matter what a US Court says, he can't run in international competition without a Swiss ruling. Since he needs to compete in the US Trials this week, a US Court order should suffice for that; and should he qualify by competition, he has time to go to Swiss Court. It's unlikely he could get to Swiss Court in time for the trials, so what he's doing may make practical sense -- and the agencies can just try to win in their home court rather than in the US. Which makes us wonder why the USOC would feels the need to dispute the TRO at this point, since that is unlikely to be the last word.
NBC Sports/MSNBC is reporting Terry Bradshaw has admitted he and other Steelers used steroids for "healing" in the 70s. The at-the-time Raiders fan in TBV goes, "ah ha!", but expects similar things were being done near the Oakland/Alameda County Coliseum as well.
The Pittsburgh Tribune notes many deaths of Steelers from that period:
Seven died of heart failure: Jim Clack, 58; Ray Oldham, 54; Dave Brown, 52; Mike Webster, 50; Steve Furness, 49; Joe Gilliam, 49; and Tyrone McGriff, 41. (In 1996, four years before the steady succession of Steelers deaths, longtime center Ray Mansfield died of a heart attack at 55.)
There is speculation that steroid abuse could have played a role in some of the deaths, but no hard evidence. It's just as plausible that weight issues were a factor. Counting Mansfield, five of the eight heart-attack victims played on the offensive or defensive line.
Remember to repeat the conventional wisdom, that cycling is a particularly dirty sport.
Have you had your pills has been vegging out, but somehow got a clue the Landis decision will be in by the end of the month. We'll see.