I'm starting to think the Contador hearing keeps getting postponed because the rules for Clenbuterol testing and reporting of positive tests are going to be changed in short order, which will render the whole thing moot.
about members of Mexico's Gold Cup team testing positive for clenbuterol, one with a level 84 times higher than Contador's, and the possibility that nothing is going to come of it. There's also the recent story (posted in the TdF thread I think) of athletes being given lists of "safe" restaurants in China where they can eat and avoid meat tainted with clenbuterol.
Tour of Denmark begins august 3rd, with the following teams participating:
Saxo Bank-SunGard (Porte, Cooke, G E Larsson)
Team Leopard-Trek (Fuglsang (3xGC winner), Bennati)
Rabobank Cycling Team (Breschel, Kruijswijk, Niermann, Weening, Mollema)
Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team
Cofidis, le Credit en ligne
Team Type 1-Sanofi
Team Concordia Forsikring Himmerland
Glud & Marstrand-LRØ Rådgivning
Christina Watches Onfone (Michael Rasmussen)
Team Post Danmark
I'll post a few times about the race. It's mainly flat (the highest point in Denmark is a bridge, I kid you not), so a good time trial is essential.
Speaking of, I saw a Cervelo S5 in a store yesterday. SRAM Red and Ritchey high-profile wheels. OMFG!
The S5 and the Pinarello Dogma have to be the best-looking bikes out there, right now.
I've never seen a Cervelo or Pinarello I didn't like. A kid on my team owns both a Cervelo TT bike and a Pinarello road bike. Zipp 808 front and 1080 rear wheels. That's like $12,000 worth of bikes for a 15 year old kid. Awesome looking set-ups, though.
Bikes and components these days have gotten absolutely ridiculous...which is why I've been looking to upgrade mine ever since the Tour started.
I see a lot of fast bikes during racing season, and I get bike envy all the time. I have pretty nice TT and road bikes, but there's a huge difference between what I ride and a $10,000 top of the line frame. I did splurge on SRAM wheels, best purchase ever.
Also, the US Pro Cycling Challenge is coming up in a few weeks. They're showing it on VS. Evans and both Schlecks are confirmed on the start list, as well as HTC Highroad and Garmin Cervelo. Contador is out. The elevation is higher than any of the European tours, and it's supposedly the most difficult race in the states.
It's really too bad that most of the races in North America (besides the Tour of California) can't find sponsorships. I love watching the races in Europe because they're so crazy about cycling there, but it's always fun when the race is close to home and you can go watch in person. The Tour de Georgia was such cool experience when it was here, especially with the finish being in my hometown most years. Seeing Lance, Ivan Basso, Andy Schleck, Levi Leipheimer, Bobby Julich, etc. in the post-race tent remains one of the highlights of my life thus far!
While budget was not released, nor the names of the riders who will form part of the pooled teams in 2012, the duration of the deals was confirmed today. Omega Pharma has committed for 2012 and 2013, and has an option for 2014. Quick Step has pledged its support until the end of 2014. Innergetic, which is currently a co-sponsor of Lefevere’s team, has confirmed its backing will stay in place for one more year.
The newly merged outfit will be called Team Omega Pharma-Quick Step.
While Tom Boonen is certain to be there, it remains to be seen if Gilbert will be part of the squad. While speaking to Le Soir, he suggested that things might be tense with the chief sponsor of his current team.
“I regret that I am not able as promised to inform my supporters and the press as to my decision [about a new team] but suffice to say that the last official contact I had with BCC [Omega Pharma’s holding company] was through our respective lawyers.”
He confirmed that he had received ‘interesting offers’ from four teams: Lotto, BMC Racing Team, Astana and QuickStep.
If real differences are indeed there with Omega Pharma, it makes things more complicated in relation to the fourth of those potential suitors.
Can German youngster Marcel Kittel make it a hat-trick of wins today at the Tour de Pologne? His win on Day 1 was excellent, his win yesterday was just unbelievable, not one got close and he was celebrating a mile out from the finish.
^ Thanks for the link. It wasn't showing your posts for some reason so the thread wasn't showing up for me.
Quick Step and Omega Pharma merger complicates Gilbert transfer saga
Fresh uncertainty has been cast over Philippe Gilbert’s future following Monday’s announcement that Omega Pharma and Quick Step will join to form a single team in 2012.
Gilbert has been heavily linked with a move away from Omega Pharma-Lotto at the end of the season, with BMC strongly tipped to land the Belgian champion. However, it is has been reported in the Belgian media that he still has a contract with the team’s management company BCC (Belgian Cycling Company) for 2012.
Cavendish reveals he has decided his team for 2012
Manxman refuses to name the team but is 100% happy with his decision
Mark Cavendish has revealed that he has decided which team he will ride for in 2012 but has refused say the name of the team.
The HTC-Highroad sprinter was speaking on BBC Radio 5 and after poignantly talking about his success at the Tour de France and his love for the sport, he was asked about his future plans by a listener. He initially refused to go into details but then revealed he had decided his future on Saturday while in Eindhoven for a criterium.
“There’s been lots of rumours about which team I’ve been joining for three years but I can’t really say,” Cavendish said.
It's interesting that Cavendish is nowhere near the man with the highest peak speed on a bicycle. Track sprinters can lay down 2300 watts peak power. They are simply not able to run their sprint like that after a 4 hour race.
ok. professional sprinters are really amazing athletes. I wish they would show speeds live on the sprints. it must be thrilling to sprint that fast. it's a thrill for me just getting over 50 km/h. wind assisted I have sprinted at 58. I've gone downhill faster but it is not nearly as satisfying.
I've seriously got to pick up a bike. Running is fine, but I enjoy biking so much more.
Geez the fastest I've ever run was when I was keeping pace when my friend who was gunning it on an electro bike scooter thing lmao.
Edit: On the topic of buying a bike, is there a one with a road frame/look but you can ride it on gravel. I know about hybrids, but they don't look and feel right for me. Or they didn't last time I checked a few years ago.
Last edited by AndyPipkin: 08-02-2011 at 04:55 PM.