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Garden Kitty
10-30-2009, 03:09 PM
UCI response to AFLD criticisms (http://www.uci.ch/Modules/BUILTIN/getObject.asp?MenuId=MTI2Mjc&ObjTypeCode=FILE&type=FILE&id=NTYzMTQ&LangId=1) of their testing procedures at the TdF. Very snarky and petulant.

Kristin Armstrong talks about life after retirement (http://sports.yahoo.com/sc/news?slug=ap-armstrongretools&prov=ap&type=lgns)

ETA: Rasmussen reportedly signs with a new Continental team (http://www.biciciclismo.com/cas/site/noticias-ficha.asp?id=18902) - not likely to see him at any of the big races.

Garden Kitty
11-01-2009, 02:39 AM
According to the Silence-Lotto site (http://www.davitamon-lotto.com/site2007/EN_ind_nieuws.php?id=1381) and Cyclingnews (http://www.cyclingnews.com/news/evans-to-leave-silence-lotto), Cadel Evans has invoked a clause in his contract and is leaving the team. Wonder where he'll end up - Sky? Garmin?

Also per Cyclingnews (http://www.cyclingnews.com/news/kloden-to-pay-fine-in-freiburg-clinic-doping-case), Kloden will pay a fine of about 25,000 Euros to end the "sporting fraud" case against him in Germany relating to the Freiburg clinic without admitting guilt.

Garden Kitty
11-02-2009, 12:46 AM
Evans joins Hincapie and Ballan at BMC (http://uk.eurosport.yahoo.com/01112009/58/evans-joins-bmc.html) - didn't see that one coming. 3 year deal, and this should certainly help BMC get some invites to the big races. I assume he's not joining for the chance to wear a Hincapie Sportswear Kit, and I can't see them giving them the support he needs for the big Grand Tours - but he'll clearly be the team lead which is something Silence-Lotto wouldn't do this season.

Garden Kitty
11-03-2009, 05:21 PM
Interesting article/blog by Andy Schleck on cyclingnews (http://www.cyclingnews.com/blogs/andy-schleck/the-off-season-has-arrived) discussing the season, his off-season, and even his fashion choices at the TdF presentation:

The presentation itself was a lot of fun and you'll have all seen my wardrobe malfunction when I was seated between a suited and booted Lance Armstrong and Alberto Contador in what I can say was more relaxed attire. Why the casual look, Andy, I hear you ask. Well, I went last year and a suit didn't seem necessary and to be honest I don't really like them. But when I walked in this year everyone was wearing them; from the riders to the press. Even the people taking coats were dressed to impress.

So there I am, seated between the Tour winner and a Tour legend and what's the first thing Lance says to me? "Hey Andy, where's your suit man?" "It's okay, Lance. Riders under twenty-five don't need them." My fashion sense might not be that slick but my quick-fire responses are.

11-03-2009, 08:03 PM
Andy is SOOO cute. Awwwwww.....I just want to squeeze him. Er, hopefully I wouldn't break him :(

Garden Kitty
11-04-2009, 01:29 AM
for Lash (http://cdn.cloudfiles.mosso.com/c54102/app4524171256862009.jpg)

Garden Kitty
11-06-2009, 08:41 PM
It's that time of year again - Amstel Curacao - where cycling is secondary to skinny, shirtless cyclists frolicing with dolphins and posing on beaches while they hold drinks with umbrellas and fruit in them (and Amstel beer, of course) :cheer:

Slideshow with obligatory shots of Contador and dolphins (http://www.nieuwsblad.be/Sportwereld/Article/Detail.aspx?articleid=DMF05112009_058) and other fun in the sun

And what's a cyclist on a beach without tan lines (http://www.hln.be/static/FOTO/pe/11/7/13/album_large_2487073.jpg)

You've been warned - topless Schlecks (http://www.hln.be/static/FOTO/pe/9/5/11/album_large_2487071.jpg)

More pics from the race site (http://www.amstelcuracaorace.com/ws_nl/content/fotos/fotos.php)

And Schleck the elder took advantage of his all expense paid trip to Curacao to propose to his girlfriend Martine. (http://www.sporten.dk/files/fck/image/article/frannkOGKONEN_0.jpg)

11-06-2009, 09:39 PM
You've been warned - topless Schlecks (http://www.hln.be/static/FOTO/pe/9/5/11/album_large_2487071.jpg)

Martine, make that guy eat something!!! Holy cow, he's Michael Rasmussen level scrawny!

11-07-2009, 08:16 AM
You've been warned - topless Schlecks (http://www.hln.be/static/FOTO/pe/9/5/11/album_large_2487071.jpg)

Martine, make that guy eat something!!! Holy cow, he's Michael Rasmussen level scrawny!

Andy's always looked like one good wind would blow him away. No idea how they get up those mountains without simply floating off.

Garden Kitty
11-08-2009, 11:16 PM
In an amazing stroke of luck, Contador was able to escape solo and beat Hushovd , Moorenhaut and Cavendish to win Amstel Curacao (http://cdn.media.cyclingnews.com//2009/11/08/2/bettiniphoto_0043876_1_full_600.jpg):lol:

Garden Kitty
11-10-2009, 09:24 PM
Yikes, sounds like a scary event for Stuart O'Grady (http://www.cyclingnews.com/news/millar-describes-ogradys-seizure) - appears to be a seizure from a brain injury aggravated by a moto GP

Cav enjoying Curacao (http://www.tdwsport.com/imagedesk/pic.php?dir=20092682&file=20092682-120510.jpg&small=1&upload=&webshop=true)

Lots more of Curacao fun (http://www.tdwsport.com/)

11-13-2009, 06:26 PM
nice article about Jens Voigt and the fall of the Berlin wall:


Garden Kitty
11-25-2009, 08:51 PM
Speedskater Claudia Pechstein's suspension for irregular blood values (http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20091125/ap_on_sp_ot/spd_pechstein_doping) may have some impact on cycling. I believe this is the first time the Court of Arbitration for Sport has ruled on a suspension based solely on blood values and not on a positive test or other testimiony/evidence. The UCI has threatend to bring some cases based on their passport testing, and this decision is likely to encourage them in that effort.

In other news, Astana finally got a pro tour license for next year (http://news.yahoo.com/s/afp/20091125/sp_wl_afp/cyclingprotour), so it looks like Alberto will be staying (for a very large paycheck in addition to his deal with Specialized ). However, Cunego's Lampre team was denied a license.

ETA: Other reports say the UCI is requiring an unusually large bond for Astana, basically the whole year's budget, due to reports that they failed to pay salaries last year (or were late in paying), so maybe Contador isn't settled just yet. But Sky did get a license, which hasn't settled the ongoing Wiggins to Sky rumors.

Also Oscar Pereiro to ride for Astana for one year. (http://www.cyclingnews.com/news/pereiro-to-bolster-contadors-support)

Garden Kitty
12-03-2009, 03:05 PM
What better way to celebrate the upcoming holiday season than with the Devil on a Sleigh-Cycle. (http://cache.daylife.com/imageserve/0gpu4Et47zdVP/610x.jpg)

And what's a sleigh cycle without Christmas lights? (http://cache.daylife.com/imageserve/02vk59739L6x4/610x.jpg)

Isn't it time for the Tour Down Under yet? :shuffle:

Garden Kitty
12-03-2009, 11:59 PM
Ted King's Rules of Style (http://www.iamtedking.missingsaddle.com/)- scroll down for the original style entry :lol: (I think it's ok to use emoticons here)