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What a bust

Lance, instead of going all righteous scorched earth on the corrupt UCI and the peloton weasels who all claim to have magically sworn off EPO at the same time, joined his former friends in trying to convince the world that cycling suddenly flipped a 180 in 2005-2006 and entered a fresh n’ clean era of high integrity racing. Matt Beaudin at VeloNews doesn’t get it either:

Lance Armstrong this week fessed up to doping during his seven Tour de France wins, but it’s the things he didn’t say, the things he may have lied about still, that may haunt him yet…..

It was reported in the run-up to the interview that Armstrong considered outing friends and giving up the Union Cycliste Internationale. He did no such thing, and offered little meaningful assistance to a sport that’s suffering from an image problem, in large part due to the culture over which he presided, and helped further with aggressive pursuit of anyone even hinting at talking.

Over nearly three hours and two evenings, the fallen Tour de France star said more in a few words (all yeses, admitting to doping, and doping in every Tour win) than he had in a decade, but he left many scratching their heads, particularly at the notion that his comeback in 2009, during which he finished third at the Tour de France, was ridden on bread and water when blood data said otherwise.

“The last time I crossed that line was 2005,” Armstrong told Winfrey. On night two of a two-part interview, Armstrong said that in conversations with his former wife, Kristin, she made him promise not to use performance enhancing drugs if he were to return to the peloton.

“She said to me, ‘you can do it, under one condition: That you never cross that line again.’ And I said, ‘you got a deal.’ And I never would have betrayed that with her,” he said. “It’s a serious — it was a serious ask, it was a serious commitment.”

That commitment, however, has been refuted by math. In the 2009 Tour, Armstrong’s samples showed fewer red blood cells over a three-week stage race than would normally occur, indicating he was injecting supplemental blood.

Scientists noted that Armstrong’s blood has a less than one a million chance of naturally appearing in such a fashion. Nearly 40 samples were taken over the course of Armstrong’s comeback, providing a baseline for a biological passport.

“The sport was very clean,” Armstrong told Winfrey, citing the very biological passport that ensnared him. “I didn’t expect to get third. I expected to win, like I always expected. And at the end, I said to myself, ‘I just got beat by two guys who were better.’”

If he’s lying, the question is why. …

via Velonews.com: Zip the lips: After hours of TV, too many Armstrong questions remain.



The Landis whistleblower lawsuit

Is here IN ALL ITS GLORY (google docs pdf).

Taking blood out, putting blood back in, hidden refrigerators, ball patches, the whole nine yards.

Of course Floyd prior to singing like the canary had been telling everyone how clean he was, begging us to believe he was railroaded by the lab, and asking for money from his loyal fans for his defense. The Floyd Fairness Fund. And wrote a book called Positively False. Now he stands to make a boatload of cash as a Relator in a fed whistleblower case.

The allegations are probably true, and I maintain that Floyd’s win in the Tour was one of the greatest of all time, illicit though it was, but Floyd is roughly as credible as a goose poop.



Bad book release timing

Great bike racers really do need all sorts of things to accomplish what TD did in that stage into Aspen this year. They need freakish talent, guts, race smarts, incredibly hard training, including core strength training and I’m sure he knows plenty about it, and good luck. They need teammates who have these things and are willing to make themselves barf on their behalf. Also, a really effective doping program is a necessity if you want to compete with the other guys who have all of the aforementioned list in addition to a highly effective doping program. And yet TD can’t come out and say what I just did. Can’t say it. Has to lie like a complete weasel instead. He has been on the right team for that.

According to Tom’s new book, “Core Strength for Cycling’s Winning Edge” tells the story of how Danielson was able to use strength training techniques to be a better racer.

via Tom Danielson's new book – Core Strength for Cycling's Winning Edge | 303Cycling News.



Cancellara takes prologue, Hursts without TV coverage

…TDF IS ON… somewhere …

There were murmurs that Cancellara was no longer the powerhouse he used to be, his legs slowing as younger riders developed, and despite uncertainty within his team surrounding missed wages and in-fighting, the experience and most importantly the power were there for all to see in Liège.

via Tour De France 2012: Prologue Results | Cyclingnews.com.




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