The CyclingNews reports a second doping positive from this year's Tour de France, and the rider is not one of the "old guard":
Spanish rider Moisés Dueñas has become the second rider to register a non-negative test for banned blood booster erythropoietin at the Tour de France. The results came from a sample taken from the Barloworld rider after the Grand Tour's first time trial, Stage 4 on July 8 in Cholet, according to head of the French Anti-doping Agency (AFLD) Pierre Bordry.
News of Dueñas' test result has spread quickly after confirmation this morning from the senior French anti-doping agency figure, including on LEquipe.fr - a newspaper owned by the same parent company as the Tour. The rider held 19th position on general classification heading into today's Stage 11, which he is unlikely to contest.
The Daily Telegraph and CNN also carry the late breaking story.
In more CyclingNews reaction to the mass exodus of pro teams from the UCI continues:
Saunier Duval-Scott team manager Mauro Gianetti explained the decision of his team to leave the ProTour. "It's clear that the teams have been stuck in between a war of the UCI and the Grand Tour organisers, and we need a new road and a system that functions. There were proposals form the organisation to the UCI which didn't quite agree with the ProTour. There is now an agreement with the organisers that will allow us to work with seriousness and tranquility.
While Christian Prudhomme is being rather tight lipped on the defections, UCI "boss" Pat McQuaid has this, among other things, to say:
McQuaid feels that chaos could ensue following the team's decision. "There are big possible ramifications of this," he said. "They [the teams] say that they have done a deal with ASO and the other two big organisers. The thing is, if they pull down the ProTour, they then become Pro Continental teams next year. All the events that are currently in the ProTour will go into the Europe Tour, and they have a responsibility to those events. Some of those events will obviously disappear because their profile will go, those events will disappear off the calendar altogether.
"These teams need to think of the responsibilities they have to those organisers, rather than just thinking of themselves," he added. "They have a responsibility to the rest of the sport, and they are not doing that. The ramifications in a year or two is that ASO will be selecting the teams for the Tour de France out of a possible 30 or 40 Pro Continental teams. So where are half of these teams gone then?"
Racejunkie finds the UCI to now be just a "queasy memory", and in order to better gauge the chances of this year's potential TdF winners RJ checks out their websites looking for some kind of insight. So if one goes by websites alone, the Tour belongs to Carlos "Fun Fact" Sastre.
Rant looks into the "fallout" from the UCI's demise, and wonders what's next?
KWall ran into Landis at Laguna Cyclery, riding and looking reasonably fit:
I asked him if he was thinking about getting back into racing and he just replied unenthusiastically "I don't know, well see what happens" He seemed like a man content just to be out riding on a Sunday day in Laguna Beach.
TBV got 1300 Kj's Sunday. How did Landis do? It doesn't look like he had a PowerTap measuring, so we win! ( We will not talk watts.)
Similar story from the Laguna Cyclery Blog, getting a hint and asking if they should carry BMC. We'd say yes. Our new one is now sorted after 500 miles. It is much lighter, and both more comfortable and responsive than the Trek 5200 it replaces. No more "flat tire" feeling when pressing hard, it's is stable and fast descending. (We don't know why Mr. LC changed the EC90SLX fork on his Cervelo for an Ouzo, the EC90X seems fine to us). It can be tricky getting cables through the internal routing, and the finish is not flashy like a Colnago -- it doesn't have the "weave" that people associate with carbon because it's laid directionally for strength rather than looks. Industrial, almost. Around home, Pinarello's and Willier's are commonplace and a BMC counts as eccentric.
Elsewhere, Luna Cycles offers a couple of interesting scenarios:
Firstly, a rider like Floyd Landis who serves his two-year suspension (ending in Jan. 2009) now finds himself capable of returning to the top end of professional cycling since the Pro Tour Code of Ethics banning riders from riding for Pro Tour teams is no longer applicable if there is no Pro Tour. Could Landis be spared banishment to the doper's purgatory of Rock Racing?
Second, in an effort to appear completely, 100% squeaky clean, above reproach, "this isn't about money, it's about integrity", anti=doping the teams shut out riders like Landis, who legitimately serve their two year suspensions and want to return to the sport. This would be incredibly bad and, one could argue, short-sighted given the extreme anti-doping stance of David Millar, a convicted doper who served his suspension and returned to the forefront of pro cycling.
We might hope for the first, but...