“As long as I don’t crash, it’s looking pretty good.”

August 8, 2006

No talking trash here. What is it about wearing the leader’s jersey in your home country? Jens Voight turned out to be the best at the “Race of truth” today in the D-Tour. He finished over a minute ahead of his nearest competitor, Laszlo Bodrogi of Credit Agricole. Levi Leipheimer still can’t find his time trial legs. He was 1′ 14″ off the lead. But Levi seemed happy.

“I was completely focused on my race and did a good job,” he said. “The second place should be almost secured. Of course it’s more beautiful to win, but Jens is riding fantastic at the moment.”

Levi, what happened to the Spartan ethic “Finish with your shield or on it?” For someone who looks as though he was separated at birth from Lance Armstrong, you sound quite different. Better not bring that tone to Discovery!

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Summer riding tips

August 8, 2006

I know for the most of us here in the US, the heat wave has broken.  But, you take your information when you can get it.  Here is a good tip on riding in the heat and preventing dehydration.  Thanks to CyclingNews and Pamela Hinton.


Cheating at the Tour de France

August 8, 2006

Here is an interesting article on cheating at the Tour de France.  Les Woodland shows us that for as long as there has been a tour, men have tried to gain an advantage.  Sometimes in interesting ways.


“I’m fed up with this world full of scroungers, starting with those people who head the UCI”

August 8, 2006

Dopers should be punished. Period.  That being on the record, I want to say that when you are proven clean, the accusers should bend over backward to set things right.  Most cyclists earn next to nothing and ride for the love of the sport.  Most non-ProTour teams have a budget that would make you think there was a misprint.  “Shouldn’t there be another zero here?”

For some Continental teams, a grand tour berth can be a life saver, literally.  Any scandal is devastating.  In other words, they are like us.  If a big machine wanted to squash us, we would die.

Comunitat Valenciana was initially implicated in Operation Puerto.  By a newspaper!   Based on that report, they have been shut out of racing and squashed by the UCI.  Their sponsor left.

The judicial system exonorated the riders and all but one of the teams management.  The response by the UCI?  They wiped the team off the bottom of their shoe with no remorse and left.  No reinstatement, no apology, nothing. Guys, if you kill the feeders to the ProTour, then the Protour will eventually die.

Why are they still pariahs?  Why are they still not allowed into the Vuelta?

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    * Vicente Ballester – cleared by Spanish courts of any wrongdoing (July 28, 2006)

    * David Bernabeu – cleared by Spanish courts of any wrongdoing (July 28, 2006)

    * David Blanco – cleared by Spanish courts of any wrongdoing (July 28, 2006)

    * José Adrián Bonilla – cleared by Spanish courts of any wrongdoing (July 28, 2006)

    * Juan Gomis – cleared by Spanish courts of any wrongdoing (July 28, 2006)

    * Eladio Jiménez – cleared by Spanish courts of any wrongdoing (July 28, 2006)

    * David Latasa – cleared by Spanish courts of any wrongdoing (July 28, 2006)

    * Javier Pascual Rodríguez – cleared by Spanish courts of any wrongdoing (July 28, 2006)

    * Rubén Plaza – cleared by Spanish courts of any wrongdoing (July 28, 2006)


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