Armstrong Pleads Guilty

August 18, 2006

Did I get you? Good. That’s what happened to me this morning when my New York Times email came into my in box. Thank God I was not wearing my heartrate monitor because I may have hit my max rate. Here is what the body said:

Martin A. Armstrong, a financial adviser who has been in jail since January 2000 on a civil contempt charge, pleaded guilty yesterday to a charge of securities fraud in a criminal case stemming from trading losses incurred by his firm in 1999.

Whew! I’m going to one of the last places in the US without internet access so I won’t be blogging until Monday. Unless I see another headline like this one again! Have a good weekend!

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Conspiracy theory fans, here you go.

August 18, 2006

It seems that the other ProTour teams are still not finished flogging Alexandre Vinokourov. All of the teams (Except AG2R, Phonak, and Astana) met to ask for the permanent suspensions of both Phonak and Astana.

“In light of the confusion and the disastrous image caused by the latest affaires, the ProTour teams unanimously demand that the UCI License Commission study the immediate provisional suspension of Astana and Phonak.”
According to Velonews, the teams also asked for:

  • The UCI License Commission should meet by Monday to rule whether the ProTour licenses of both teams are valid.
  • The UCI should reveal all riders implicated in the “Operación Puerto” doping investigation by next Tuesday at the latest.
  • The ProTour teams reiterated their decision to apply the Ethics Code in a firm manner.
  • The formation of a working committee to suggest changes to the Ethics Code to adapt to today’s situation, especially on how to best deal with irregularities within teams.

Astana is looking to create a new team to avoid the legacy of Manolo Saiz and Operation Puerto.

Are we that afraid of Vino that we need to keep him out of every grand tour?

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Vino’s career and Astana on life support?


Vuelta a Espana teams are beginning to be announced

August 18, 2006

Yesterday, Discovery Channel announced their team for the upcoming Vuelta.
Michael Barry, Manuel Beltran, Janez Brajkovic, Stijn Devolder, Vladimir Gusev, Benoit Joachim, Egoi Martinez and Jurgen van Goolen. The reserves are Volodymyr Bileka and Gennadi Mikhailov. The team leader is set to be Tom Danielson.

In my opinion, this is a make or break ride for Tom. He has stayed in the shadows long enough. He can no longer play “Boy Wonder” to someone else’s Batman. He needs to step out and take the team that is waiting for him. Otherwise, he can join the long list of very talented riders who just didn’t have the intangible quality to lead a team to victory in a big race.

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Photo ©: Luc Claessen/www.ctm-images.com


P.T. Barnum says “All publicity is good publicity”

August 18, 2006

Don’t believe it? Try this fact. Phonak has reported record sales of their hearing aids in the month following the Tour de France. Did you hear that iShares?

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