UCI walks away innocent of charge…?

While Lance and others are stripped off titles, honour and glory, the UCI walks away as if nothing?

Frustrated by the UCI’s handing of the sport in recent years and the way it conducted itself during the Lance Armstrong investigation, as well as the refusal of its president Pat McQuaid to accept any UCI responsibility for not stopping the widespread US Postal Service doping, Greg LeMond has written an impassioned open letter calling for real change.

Read more: http://www.velonation.com/News/ID/13145/LeMond-issues-open-letter-calling-on-McQuaid-and-Verbruggen-to-resign-for-the-sake-of-cycling.aspx#ixzz2AQAVIJwU

LeMonde wrote: “Pat, in my opinion you and Hein are the corrupt part of the sport. I do not want to include everyone at the UCI because I believe that there are many, maybe most that work at the UCI that are dedicated to cycling, they do it out of the love of the sport, but you and your buddy Hein have destroyed the sport.”

It is extremely sad and ironic that those who allowed the doping to happen in the backstage, are now the executioners of the USADA verdict. As Lance sucks it in, UCI pretends to be a victim of the entire doping scheme.

Lobby… Where? California…? No way! NOT!

An investigation into allegations that Armstrong used performance-enhancing drugs was dropped earlier this year by Andre Birotte Jr., the US attorney for the central district of California. Birotte’s office offered little explanation for the move, which came as a surprise to many in the global cycling community. A spokesman for Birotte’s office, Bruce Riordan, said: "Our office declines to comment on the matter in question."

(The Guardian)

USADA… why should we care?

The U.S. Anti-Doping Agency paints Lance Armstrong as a dope-fiend, bully, and liar in the USADA blockbuster report. From the covert doping during the Tour de France to his deeper ties to a tainted doctor, see the most scandalous revelations.

http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2012/10/10/speed-read-8-shocking-bits-from-the-usada-s-lance-armstrong-report.html

Could all this be true, gruesome exaggerations, or just lies?

It’s a gray rainy afternoon. Maybe I should read the USADA report

Sad. What else can I say. I used to be a Lance fan.

Official report.
Report in http://www.scribd.com/

I’m tempted to extract paragraphs from the summary…, but I find myself copying the entire thing.

Better for you to read it.

Gray rainy afternoon…

A few things I hadn’t thought of:

…at a hearing USADA would have been able to examine on the record and under oath members of Mr. Armstrong’s inner circle and others with knowledge of Armstrong’s doping who refused to come forward or were unwilling to speak with USADA absent a subpoena.  Mr. Armstrong’s refusal to participate in a hearing prevented the testimony of many other witnesses from being heard.

Armstrong said, “we had one goal and one ambition and that was to win the greatest bike race in the world and not just to win it once, but to keep winning it.” However, the path he chose to pursue that goal ran far outside the rules. His goal led him to depend on EPO, testosterone and blood transfusions but also, more ruthlessly, to expect and to require that his team mates would likewise use drugs to support his goals if not their own.

About the “failed” Federal investigation (in VeloNews):

On February 3, 2012, the U.S. Department of Justice called off its probe into Lance Armstrong and an alleged doping ring at the U.S. Postal Service team. No reasons were given for the dropped case, only the statement from U.S. Attorney André Birotte, Jr., which landed two days before the Super Bowl and quickly washed away.

Since then, there has been no new information regarding the federal investigation into Armstrong and other pillars of the Postal Service dynasty, though the 200-page report — with some 1,000 pages of supporting documents — that the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency published on Wednesday has called into question the decision to walk away from a case that seems overwhelmingly convincing.

…it is yet to be seen whether his work in exposing a 14-year conspiracy to use, traffic and cover-up performance enhancing drugs will lead federal prosecutors to re-open their own Postal Service investigation…


So… who didn’t cheat..?

Some more about USADA report about Lance, and 2012 TdF winner Brad Wiggins comments.

http://www.sbs.com.au/cyclingcentral/news/40059/wiggins-shocked-by-armstrong-evidence

We don’t go out drinking. You sacrifice a lot and then you win a gold medal but there will be a percentage thinking ‘well, I wonder if there was drugs involved in that performance’.

Not a nice story

USADA released their report / findings

http://www.nytimes.com/2012/10/11/sports/cycling/agency-details-doping-case-against-lance-armstrong.html?pagewanted=all&hp&_r=1&

“It was not enough that his teammates give maximum effort on the bike, he also required that they adhere to the doping program outlined for them or be replaced,” the antidoping agency said in its report. “He was not just a part of the doping culture on his team, he enforced and reinforced it.”

USADA: you can’t stop Lance !!!

I woke up to the best news today:

Lance competed and won a triathlon that was not affiliated with the USAT and hence not ruled by the dictatorial USADA.

Disclaimer: I don’t like Lance that much. But pictures of him today reminded me of my years racing in the US, where a racing top is not required.

And yes, that is how I used to race: cap + speedo + runners: minimalist.

To me this is the best that can happen. This is what I want to remember about Lance. He is not giving up, he is out there competing where he can, and still winning big time. Drugs / no drugs… Do you think it is easy to win or place in the open category in any of these events..?

Read the complete story in LAVA magazine.

Triathlon, cycling and the Tour de France

I have to confess I started road cycling because I wanted to get into triathlons in 2006. That was the first time I bought a bike with the intent of doing road cycling. I had to learn everything from scratch.

I was in Houston at the time. Bought a Marin Venezia in e-Bay that was much larger than needed, and had my first embarrassing moment after my first flat, I took it to Bicycle World & Fitness (now Bicycle World of Houston) and they almost laughed at me (very kindly though). I used the Marin for 1 year and although I looked like a dwarf I was pretty strong on it… Click here to continue reading