Video of Tyler Farrar’s Vattenfall Win

Here’s some video of Tyler Farrar’s Win at the Vattenfall Classics yesterday. There’s even an overhead shot (no sprint replay should be w/out one). Seems like Tyler had no leadout, but his pure speed took him to the victory. No Cav, but he did be Ciolek. Boonen was in the race too, but seemingly didn’t even try to sprint.

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2010 Colnago Website & Catalog

Colnago has updated their site. Much better than last year, but some of the Flash is a little wonky (at least on Safari).

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Di Luca Fired. To Be Sued by Sponsor

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.

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Everyday Bike of the Future… Not So Much

This article tells us that Chris Boardman and Sky have revealed their artist’s impression of the everyday bike of the future. The article is full of great claims about the bike, but this one is my favorite: “Carbon-fibre is the ideal material to use for bikes as it can be moulded into any shape and is super-lightweight (‘it could even be lego for adults’).” The first pat of that sentence about the virtues of carbon is true, but the collection of words in the parentheses is just confusing.

Future, sure. Everyday, not a chance

Future, sure. Everyday, not a chance

The bike is certainly cool, but there is nothing remotely everyday about it. Everyday bikes don’t need self-inflating/sealing tires, shaft drives or GPS. I’d love to see some of this tech on my future race bike, but not parked in front of my local coffee shop. And to further add to the non-everydayness it would cost 4-grand if it could be mass-produced. Bravo to Chris for pushing the dial forward on bike design, but let’s be silly. The bikes we ride today are largely just extensions (albeit lighter, strong, cooler) of the original diamond frame design. Concept bikes rarely seem to see the light of day. And for that we should be thankful. Remember this bastard child of a LifeCycle, Tri-bike and a Rollerblade?

Words fail.

Words fail.

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Vino Returns to Racing. Leaves Humility at Home.

Alexandre Vinokourov made his big comeback to racing on Tuesday in France. In the natourcriterium of Castillon-la-Bataille Vino sported a jersey w/ a picture of himself and the words Vino 4 Ever. Still a class act, apparently.

This guy has got some balls. First he dopes when he knows he’s going to be under massive scrutiny due to his association w/ Dr. Ferrari. Then he gets nailed and gets his entire team tossed out of the Tour, not for one year, but 2. Next he doesn’t have the balls to man-up and admit what he did. The Kazakh federation gives him some bullshit 1 year suspension. The UCI decides to sue to enforce the full 2 years and Vino retires, so UCI drops the case. Now here we are in 2009 and the guy just waltzes back into pro cycling with his “comeback” story. What a dick. I mean, really. He hurts the sport, and himself and costs Astana untold sums of money and there are really no consequences for this guy. Stunning.

And once again we have cycling’s big names silent. People like Lance Armstrong , Johan Bruyneel, Phil and Paul, Contadore need to come out and call foul on guys like this. What good do they think it does to prolong the cycling omertá.  I can accept dopers back into the sport, but in my mind they must not only serve their suspension, but show some remorse and admit to their infractions of the rules. Sweeping shit under the rug may help things look better, but it still leaves a stink.

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As(s)tarloza Suspended — And So It Begins

Winner of Stage 16 of this year’s Tour, Mikel Astarloza of Euskaltel, tested positive for EPO in an out of competition test on June 26. He ‘s been suspended from racing and will face a disciplinary hearing by the Spanish Cycling Federation. I’m sure he’ll request an analysis of his B-sample and then claim ignorance about how this all could have happened. The script is well ingrained in popped riders now.

On the day of his win Astarloza said “It’s the best day of my life.” I’m guessing today is right up there as one of his worst. It will be interesting to hear the backstory on this out of comp test. Was he being targeted via the blood passport program?

And the question that still needs to be answered: Why do these guys think they won’t get caught? I wouldn’t be surprised if today is the first day of a long month of drip, drip, drip doping news connected to the Tour. Then we have the 2008 Tour retro testing to look forward to in the fall.

Will any of the big names come out to condemn this or will the Omerta prevail.

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Why So Angry Greg?

Another July has come and gone, and along with it the Tour De France. And what would the Tour be without some bombs tossed by 3-time tour winner Greg LeMond? This year Greg is on about VO2 max testing and rates of ascent in the Tour’s mountain stages. This topic was previewed last year when LeMond showed up at Lance Armstrong’s press conference at the Interbike tradeshow.

In the grand scheme of things LeMond has a good point. Why thrash about with blood, urine, and hair testing when one can simply look at power output to determine what’s going on inside the body. In short LeMond is suggesting testing young pros to determine their VO2 max (the maximum capacity of an individual’s body to transport and utilize oxygen during exercise). The higher the VO2, the faster, longer you can go. He also suggests fitting every rider’s bike w/ a power meter. With power data, a VO2 baseline and stats about the length and incline of climbs on a race course one could determine when an athlete is riding above their natural physical ability.

The problem is that Greg comes at the whole thing from an accusatory stance. Ever since Armstrong started winning Tours Greg LeMond was there to throw cold water on the idea that Lance was clean. This article does a good job of summing up LeMond’s history with Lance while shedding some light on his own demons. I’m no fool. I know cycling has a drug problem and that more/better testing is needed, but Greg LeMond could be leading the way through calm, reasoned ideas rather than innuendo-dripping articles in French newspapers and ambushes at press conferences. How about a concrete plan for his VO2 testing? I’m sure one of the cycling mags would love to give him some real estate to describe his ideas. But the stone throwing just doesn’t help. Especially with a guy like Armstrong who likes to get his back up when he’s accused and pushed.

Greg LeMond has given a lot to cycling. I wish he could find a way to continue to help push the sport forward.

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