Tyler Farrar did a great sprint today to take out the first stage of the Eneco Tour and propelled himself into the overall lead. Video is here (click on the top, right video in the sidebar on the right).
Boonen was second. He started from way too far back and then had to go out and around the rider in front of him. Farrar was 2nd or 3rd wheel when things got going and nobody ever got close. Koldo Fernandez from Euskatel in a fab display of head-down sprinting seemed to cause a massive pile up near the front of the sprinting bunch. The video link above shows a good shot of a Bbox Time bike broken clean in half and the head-tube.
Colnago has updated their site. Much better than last year, but some of the Flash is a little wonky (at least on Safari).
Now that Danilo Di Luca’s B-sample has also tested positive for Cera. Team Sponsor LPR Brakes is suing his ass for damages.
Di Luca “will also be held responsible for all damage” to the reputation of both the sponsor and the team said the squad’s management company, BF Cycling Management, according to La Gazzetta Dello Sport. The Italian newspaper also reported that BF Cycling Management has instructed its attorneys to commence legal proceedings.
Maybe this type of thing will help tip the scales of doping. Right now it’s obvious that the potential benefits outweigh the liabilities of getting caught. If Di Luca has to fork over a bunch of money for damaging the reputation of his employer maybe some guys will think twice.