The CyclingNews says the ProTour just went "Poof!" All 17 teams at the Tour will not renew their licences next year, and will do something with the Grand Tour organizers (ASO, RCS, Unipublic) instead. McQuaid is reduced to huffing and puffing. The timing looks good -- the UCI can't threaten Olympic participation now that it has not objected to the Tour, so it has exactly zero leverage on the teams as far as we can see. And so much for that "double your ban" clause -- Landis might be employable by any of the teams when his time is up. Rock, below, may have to increase an offer, if one is on the table.
Also at BBC, AFP, and ESPN/Reuters, and Cycling Weekly. The AP notes the license costs €15,000 a year, which doesn't seem like much to us -- but it's control and conditions of the license that are at issue.
CyclingNews reports Rock Racing is going to Europe next year, and hiring riders, including an American whose name "you would guess." Armstrong coming out of retirement?
VeloNews' Mailbag contains a couple of pertinent letters this week. One, in light of the Beltran doping "positive", questions the continuing "leaks" of information. Ken Kabira writes:
Once again, an A sample being positive has been leaked to Le Equipe, a "known" outlet of confidential information of a WADA lab. Can a system in which one is "guilty until proven innocent" truly be called fair? All doping tests have a certain level of false positive (however low they may be). That's why a B sample is reserved for additional testing. Why can’t an athlete be deemed innocent until the B sample result is confirmed? It's a completely one-sided system in which the accusers have absolutely nothing to lose by being sloppy and incompetent, but the falsely accused is destroyed in the process.
Rant writes about the "Triki business" of having any sporting event ever without cheating. Funny thing is, the press coverage of Beltran's "A" sample positive has been somewhat surprisingly less than sensational, and Rant refers to Bonnie Ford's excellent piece on the subject.
Tribabe is worried about her business and its profitability, but that's the least of her problems. She also had a disturbing dream about Floyd Landis being in love with her.
Bam finds the "awesome" Floyd Landis' advice for getting up hills to be simply the best.
September 07: Hearing Award
October 07: Hue's Hearing Appraisal
November 07: Major document Release
January 08: Larry's Curb Your Anticipation
Tuesday, July 15, 2008