CNN interviews Greg Lemond
Yesterday Greg LeMond spoke with CNN in his first in depth interview since Lance Armstrong admitted to doping. He told Anderson Cooper “The greatest fraud was that – I mean, I know his physical capability. He is a top 30 at best. I mean, at best. No matter what. If he was clean, everybody was clean, he was top 30 at best. He is not capable of, not – capable of the top five.” Armstrong, LeMond says, “ couldn’t race on a level playing field. That’s why he bribed the governing body. “
Cannondale Acquires Majority Ownership of Cannondale Pro Cycling, talks end with Tinkoff
Cannondale, a premium brand of Dorel Industries (TSX: DII.B, DII.A), announced today that it has acquired the majority ownership of Cannondale Pro Cycling and Brixia Sports. “This further investment underlines our respect and the value for the accomplishments of the Cannondale team and recognizes the many benefits this association has brought to the Cannondale brand,” stated Dorel President and CEO.
This move also puts an end to negotiations with Oleg Tinkoff who was interested in joining the team as co-sponsor after falling out with Team Saxo Bank after the Tour.
101st Tour de France route to be announced today
The 2014 Tour de France route will be announced today and is rumoured to feature five mountaintop finishes and a good dose of cobbles in the former battlefields of Northern France. There are other reports of a long time trial to pay tribute to Miguel Indurain, winner of five Tours, with a return to Bergerac, where he secured his fourth yellow jersey in 1994 twenty years earlier.
All that is officially known is that the 2014 Tour will start in Yorkshire, England; the fourth time that the Tour has entered the UK, and will feature a road stage instead of the traditional prologue. Stage 2 will traverse the hilly terrain between between York and Sheffield, and everything after that is conjecture.
Stay tuned for the official announcement later today.
Scarponi to Astana
Italian newspaper la Gazzetta is reporting that Michele Scarponi will ride for Astana next season. Scarponi has yet to sign the contract but Astana will then make an official announcement later this week. Scarponi rode for Lampre-Merida this season but the team did not resign him after securing the new World Champion Rui Costa.
Scarponi will help bolster Astana for Grand Tours and help them take on Team Sky in the mountains.
You may not care or you may not know what it is, but one of track cyclings best competitions is playing out this week at the Amsterdam Six. You may not be familiar with the names such as De Ketele, Van Hoecke, or Stöpler, but Australia’s Luke Roberts is competing with New Zealand’s Aaron Gate and the duo are currently in 10th position after day 2.
Is it medicine or is it doping?
An interesting article on Velonews by Matthew Beaudin discusses amateur racing and masters/vet level riders who take banned substances as part of a legitimate medical treatment. Many do not seek TUEs (theraputic use exemptions) as part of the official process for reasons of ignorance, hassle or whatever it may be. If anti-doping rules were followed, this would be considered “cheating”, but are these rules flexible for amateurs and real life situations? Is the bar set too high?
I’m interested in hearing your comments on this.
Niki Terpstra’s son getting an early start
Cardboard bike project
We’ve seen many types of materials used in the construction of bicycles throughout history, but have you ever seen one built from cardboard? Well a company named Cardboard Technologies says that their recycling revolution is about to begin, starting with the cardboard bike.
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