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06-22-2010, 01:11 AM
It's so sad. Kim's wife is expecting twins any day now. The reports seem to be conflicting on exactly what happened.

On more upbeat news, I was skimming through the "to record" list on my tivo this weekend, and the prologue for the TdF was listed. :cheer:

You sure? TdF Starts July 3rd, next weekend. I know, I can't wait either.

Have fun TheatherGirl!

ETA: I just looked. It's a TdF preview show on Verus. There's also some other specials your Tivo Might not pick up. One called Lance Vs. Contador :lol: seriously?

Garden Kitty
06-22-2010, 01:29 AM
You sure? TdF Starts July 3rd, next weekend. I know, I can't wait either.

My tivo "to do" list goes 2 weeks in advance, so it's up to July 4th already (and now it's the prologue and stage 1 :cheer:) I've had to delete Lance Armstrong: The Look Back about 20 times already :lol:

06-22-2010, 03:19 AM
Ohh, I thought you meant you saw it on the list for this weekend :)

I actually like the Lance, A look back. It's actually something different every time it airs. It's always a replay of a stage he won. I wasn't a cycling fan until 2008 (and I didn't have Versus then) so I actually never saw any of those races or riders who have since retired.

06-22-2010, 05:25 PM
I caught one of those "a look back" episodes, which was showing the final time trial of the 2005 TdF, right before he retired. While it was a bit irritating to hear Phil and Paul go on about how this was the last time we would ever see Lance compete (not quite, guys), it was great to see der Jan, and Ivan Basso, and a younger Vino and Cadel Evans (who looked about 16). And it was hilarious to see Michael Rasmussen fall four times. Complete disaster of a day for him.

Garden Kitty
06-22-2010, 05:32 PM
Oh I remember that stage! Classic time trialing by Rasmussen. :lol:

ETA: According to Frank and Andy Schleck's twitter accounts, Kirchen was removed from the medically induced coma and is doing better. Good news!

06-22-2010, 11:50 PM
Yay! Janez gets the call up for the TdF! He's such a little cutie, in a little brother kinda way. I loved watching his interviews in english. Squeee!


Garden Kitty
06-23-2010, 12:30 AM
Good for Jani. He was supposed to be a team leader at the Vuelta, but I guess they don't need to save any form for that race now. Also glad to see Horner on the team after his disappointment last year. He really is a team player and seems like such a nice guy.

ETA: No shock here, Phinney signs on as a Radio Shack stagiare for the rest of the season (http://www.cyclingnews.com/news/phinney-to-complete-season-as-radioshack-stagiaire?cid=OTC-RSS&attr=news_headlines)

Garden Kitty
06-23-2010, 09:01 PM
Column on Cavendish (http://www.cyclingweekly.co.uk/news/latest/474216/the-wednesday-comment.html), but I particularly loved this quote:

The problem was, the exact same people it was aimed at are the ones who took exception to it. They're the ones who want to see me fail. I didn't say "all journalists know nothing about bike racing". I said "the journalists who know nothing". That's not all journalists. It's the ones who don't understand bike racing and it's these daylight-deprived forum people."

"daylight deprived forum people" - THAT'S ME! :cheer: :rofl:

06-24-2010, 12:30 AM
Mark Cavendish. I love him, but he should be seen and not heard some of the time. ;)

He and the HTC lead out are fun to watch, though.

Garden Kitty
06-24-2010, 04:47 PM
51 year old Jeannie Longo adds a 57th national title to her resume - French time trial champion again (http://velonews.competitor.com/2010/06/news/longo-wins-french-national-time-trial_122899?utm_source=twitterfeed&utm_medium=twitter):cheer:

Garden Kitty
06-28-2010, 01:52 AM
Saxo Bank's DS Kim Andersen left the team amidst reports that he intends to start up a new Luxembourg team in 2011. Apparently Riis released him from his contract because of the conflict with his wanting to start a new team, presumably with many of the Saxo riders.

Riis has acknowledged the Schlecks will be leaving Saxo at the end of the season to join the new team. (http://www.cyclingnews.com/news/riis-admits-that-schlecks-will-join-new-luxembourg-team?cid=OTC-RSS&attr=news_headlines) This can't help the team unity for the Tour. With the top riders leaving, does this kill any chance Riis has to get a sponsor and continue Saxo Bank next season? Riis has also indicated Fugslang is likely to be joining the new team.

Garden Kitty
06-29-2010, 04:07 PM
NY Times article about the doping/fraud investigation stemming from Landis's charges. (http://www.nytimes.com/2010/06/29/sports/cycling/29cycling.html?pagewanted=1&ref=sports&src=me&adxnnlx=1277823639-SxNenUuCDqzKrB130UdIUQ)

Garden Kitty
07-01-2010, 05:37 PM
It doesn't look like little brother Andy was contesting the sprint with Frank for the Luxembourg road race national championship (http://www.just4fun.lu/gallery/albums/2010/Championnat-sa-so-2010/Championnat2010_1627.jpg).

The next closest rider didn't even make the photograph. :lol:

Garden Kitty
07-03-2010, 04:53 AM
Article from the Wall Street Journal (http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052748704911704575326753200584006.html?m od=e2tw) with more details from Floyd Landis regarding his allegations of doping by Lance and others on Postal, and his own doping during the 2006 Tour.

Garden Kitty
07-08-2010, 06:10 PM
Ullrich's former manager confesses his part in Operation Puerto (http://www.cyclingnews.com/news/pevenage-confesses-to-operacion-puerto-involvement-1)

In happier news, Kim Kirchen is out of the hospital, and father to twins.