Wednesday, May 23, 2007

Mid Week Cycling news

Slipstream's Will Frickshorn drops some knowledge on cycling myths and science in his latest velo news column. Some of these "rules" have been around since LeMond started complaining about them. Really intriguing old wive's tales. Check it.
Satchel Paige did not get famous on a bike, but some of his theories and rules on how to succeed as you get older could have been right out of the Belgian rule book, for example:
1.Avoid fried meats which angry up the blood.
2.If your stomach disputes you, lie down and pacify it with cool thoughts.
3.Keep the juices flowing by jangling around gently as you move.
4.Go very light on the vices, such as carrying on in society. The social ramble ain't restful.
5.Avoid running at all times.
6.Don't look back, something might be gaining on you.
Take it to heart people!

Sierra Neveda are kicking butt in Ireland. Jesse Anthony in the overall lead. This race has always been kind to US riders.
Giro stage should be one for the sprinters before tomorrow's potentially decisive mountain stage which should further shake up and finalize the GC. Big day for DiLuca if he hopes to get on the podium.

Telekom 90s doping scandal is getting more serious as 2 riders have confirmed what D'Hondt has claimed in his book. Can't wait to get the English translation of that.
If this is true it casts a huge shadow over Riis which creates a huge cloud of suspicion over CSC via Basso and Hamilton. I can only hope that Zabel isn't dragged into this. There are three riders that I want to believe do it clean Zabel,Voigt, and Bettini. I will be bummed if it turns out otherwise. The more conspiracy oriented part of my mind keeps trying to connect the dots between riders in a troubling fashion-who is friends with who and why kinds of thoughts. It is guilty until proven innocent, but you can't help but wonder sometimes. Joe Papp's testimony at Landis' hearing was troubling. If a domestic pro like that is willing to dope, what would a guy in the D1 or ProTour be willing to do to stay there? With the money on the line from sponsors, contracts, endorsments, etc, there seems to be a lot of reasons to dope.

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