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on contador

The article quoted below brings up a lot of good points about the UCI’s practices when it comes to handling a positive. I don’t know what the truth is around this whole thing, but I’d bet on Contador losing the Tour de France win and taking some sort of suspension.

5 weeks was enough time for Contador to prepare a defence and said he had been a victim of food contamination and presented a full defence by his hired expert Dr. Douwe de Boer.

Lets correspond that with the case of the last rider to test positive for the same drug, Radio Shack rider Fuyu Li. At the Dwaars Door Vlaanderen on the 23rd of March 2010 the sample was collected. And on Thursday, April 22, 2010 the UCI released a statement of his positive A sample. ONE day after Fuyu Li and his team were notified. Three days later, the Chinese Cycling Association (CCA) were informed.

Without a strictly enforced protocol for informing of a positive result, there will be cries of favouritism and speculation of cover-ups. Best practise must be put into place for the information relay.

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dope

Alberto Contador tested positive for clenbuterol during the Tour de France. In short, he says it was contaminated food and the UCI says further testing is required.

Contador said clenbuterol “is a substance that does not help performance, and this (tiny) quantity is completely insignificant to improve physical improvement.”

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The Heat is On

This is the first episode of a documentary series “inside the sport of women’s pro cycling.” I’m looking forward to the rest.

http://player.vimeo.com/video/14595160?portrait=0&color=0

via sac cycle chic

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the reason I’m not a pro cyclist

Team Saxo Bank rider Andy Schleck said on Tuesday he and teammate Stuart O’Grady have been removed from the Spanish Vuelta because they drank alcohol.

Schleck said he broke a team rule “by going out for a drink after dinner” and said he is “responsible for my actions.”

Well that and, you know, the fact that I’m pretty sure the Vuelta would kill me.

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rumors

Bjarne Riis has scheduled a press conference for Tuesday afternoon in Denmark,
where he is expected to announce the team’s new sponsor and perhaps the arrival
of three-time Tour de France champion Alberto Contador.

Pretty much everybody thinks Riis is announcing Cantador’s new contract. The Schlecks have moved on so it makes sense but maybe there’ll be some big surprise. I don’t think so.

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the party’s over

Info-graphics for the 2010 Tour. Because all cyclists are geeks…right?

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garmin to Zabriskie, "tell the truth and we’ll stand by you"

This is a interesting piece of news:

“We cannot change what happened in the past but we believe it is time for transparency,” Slipstream Sports, the parent company of Garmin-Transitions, said in a statement.

“We expect that anyone in our organisation who is contacted by any cycling, anti-doping, or government authority will be open and honest with that authority.

If Zabriske and White were involved with doping this offers them a free pass to say, “yes, I did it.” In the current enviornment Many former dopers might be afraid to speak out and potentially lose a contract. Garmin standing up and saying, “no big deal, as long as you tell the truth,” might lead to more riders stepping up and saying what everyone suspects; pro-cycling was dirty, it’s getting cleaner and we need to do better.

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stay classy mr. landis

The emails are particularly focused on American riders. Mr. Landis said in them that during his career, he and other American riders learned how to conduct blood transfusions, take the synthetic blood booster Erythropoietin, or EPO, and use steroids. Mr. Landis said he started using testosterone patches, then progressed to blood transfusions, EPO, and a liquid steroid taken orally.

I very much want to believe he’s making this all up, but it seems a little to naive to think this kind of thing wasn’t (isn’t?) going on in professional cycling.

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there’s more to say on this subject

peloton
Taken from the corner of 18th and L, Sacramento, CA.

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race day

The pro-tour Peloton will be rolling through Sacramento on Sunday. Stage 1 of the 2010 Amgen Tour of California begins in Nevada City and finishes with 3 laps around downtown and what should be a bunch sprint to the finish line on L street.

The Lifestyle Festival begins at 11:00 and should provide you all with plenty of opportunity to drool over bikes you can’t afford. Here’s the full schedule for what’s going on downtown:

  • 11:00 AM festival Opens on 10th Street
  • 11:00 AM Sacramento Grand Prix
  • 1:15 PM Sacramento Community Ride – 13th and L Street
  • 3:15 PM Amgen Tour of California enters Downtown Circuit
  • 4:15 PM Race Ends
  • 4:30 PM Awards Ceremony – 11th and L Street

And don’t forget about the Bicycle Film Festival this weekend too.

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