Monday, October 29, 2007

Monday Roundup

The CyclingNews notes two legal/doping issues. One finds former Telekom soigneur Jef D'Hont fighting an injunction won in September by Jan Ullrich which prevents D'Hont from publicly speaking about the Telekom doping scandal and Ullrich's involvement in it. Another story reveals the concerns of the CPA for cyclist's rights in light of the conclusion of last week's doping summit in Paris:

The list of considerations starts with a request that "before the implementation of a 'Biological passport' and any new method of detection, all the scientific and legal guarantees of reliability are given and demonstrated to the cycling community before the implementation of sporting sanctions.

The statement, which seems to address concerns riders have in the way they are treated in the event of a positive doping test, also calls for the total confidentiality of all the riders' medical files, for the sport's governing body to not to reveal provisional results before knowing the final results of the B-samples in the event of infringement of the sport regulations, and to not modify the rules during the season and avoid, as much as possible, to act hastily.

In the PM update at the CyclingNews Jorg Jaksche claims that Bijarne Riis threatened his to be silent about doping or he would be out of cycling:

Jörg Jaksche claimed that Bjarne Riis threatened him if he spoke out on doping, he said at the "Play the Game" antidoping conference in Iceland this weekend. "If you talk, you will never come back in cycling, Riis told me. And stated that he would organize that I could never come back," Jaksche was quoted on the conference's website,

The Michigan Daily's Scott Bell has little in the way of imagination this year for Halloween and provides a banal list of ideas for dress up Wednesday night. One has you going as Floyd Landis, but if you do so Scott snarks that you must think people are stupid enough to believe you.

reports one way which athletes might cheat the doping tests they are given, Thanks ORG for the tip.

Inside Bay posts reader responses one of which complains that Barry Bonds and Mark McGwire have been continually lumped in with real "cheaters", like Floyd Landis.

Rant wants to know if perhaps it was really something other than synthetic testosterone that was found in the Landis positive test after stage 17. And he wonders why the LNDD didn't find something that we know for sure was there.

Tony Dondero juxtaposes the difficulties of maintaining our individual freedoms to the explosion of cheating in sports and society in general.

Gaff's Origami was saddened slightly after seeing the beauty of the Tour de France in the IMAX film "Wired to Win". The film predated the most recent doping scandals at the Tour, and illustrates the way the human brain works in the competitive cycling arena.

Fit for LIfe and More loves cycling and wants to see it flourish. But with rampant doping in the sport driving kids away, and into less activity and more illness, it's a difficult proposition. It does seems a bit of a stretch however to even partially blame the current state cycling for America's obesity problem.

Light the Torch
feels there is no mystery as to why we as a society come down hard on athletes who cheat.

buffalo2wheeler surveys "favorite living persons" and Floyd Landis is not his.


arborjimb said...

From "Old Runner Guy"