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Garden Kitty
07-02-2009, 03:42 PM
More Astana fun. (http://www.cyclingnews.com/news/vino-astana-is-my-baby-im-back) Vino is cleared to ride from July 24th and has said that even though he doesn't have a contract with Bruyneel he can't imagine riding for any team other than Astana and he even has his race program all scheduled:


"This is the team we have created in 2006 with the president of the Kazakh cycling federation, this is our baby

Just what the team needs, more people fighting to be team leader - only this one has the sponsor's backing. I really don't see Contador riding on the same team as Vino - at least Armstrong says he'd ride support if Bert is better, but I can't see Vino ever being willing to do that.

lash
07-02-2009, 06:15 PM
ach- I'd volunteer, but I'm writing this from Cambodia. I'd love to meet up sometime. perhaps if I ever decide to try my hand at track cycling.


Have funin cambodia! There's a ladies session every month so no worries. That's a great place to start :)

Garden Kitty
07-07-2009, 02:34 AM
Apparently the Swiss Federation is starting proceedings against Ullrich (http://www.sueddeutsche.de/sport/87/479576/text/). If they prove their case, it would be a lifetime ban given his prior suspension which would mean no coaching or working as a team official.

Garden Kitty
07-19-2009, 02:57 AM
NY Velocity has an audio interview with Dr Eric Heiden (http://vcn.nyvelocity2.com/content/2009/eric-heiden-interview) - it's a little hard to hear but I love Heiden so I'll make the effort.

Garden Kitty
07-22-2009, 03:10 PM
Per Gazzetta, Danilo Diluca tested positive (http://www.gazzetta.it/Ciclismo/22-07-2009/di-luca-positivo-giro-50832808563.shtml) at two stages of the Giro. On the plus side, at least he's not riding the TdF.

Darn, I guess he didn't learn anything from the Oil for Drugs incident, but he did make the Giro more exciting. I'm particularly glad now that he didn't beat Menchov.

Garden Kitty
07-30-2009, 03:18 PM
Bert being honored by the Prime Minister of Spain (http://d.yimg.com/a/p/sp/getty/bd/fullj.63471ce4e2ea5bd9b6cfdd6153fdfa8e/63471ce4e2ea5bd9b6cfdd6153fdfa8e-getty-cycling-tour-tdf-esp-contador-zapatero.jpg)

and then they go for a stroll (http://d.yimg.com/a/p/sp/getty/99/fullj.7911ebfbd9949096da45b6edee0597fc/7911ebfbd9949096da45b6edee0597fc-getty-cycling-tour-tdf-esp-contador-zapatero.jpg)

susan6
07-30-2009, 07:12 PM
A good overview of possible teams Alberto Contador might join for next season.

http://www.cyclingnews.com/features/where-next-for-alberto-contador-2

We can rule out RadioShack; Astana's iffy (since Vino is iffy). During the tour, Bob Roll said that he would literally eat his hat if it didn't end up being Caisse d'Epargne.

Garden Kitty
08-03-2009, 02:34 PM
Per Velonews (http://www.velonews.com/article/96263), Vino to return to racing this week, in an Astana kit.

ETA: Updated: Astana says Vino won't be in an Astana kit this week (http://www.cyclingnews.com/news/vinokourov-returns-in-france-but-not-for-astana)

The TdF is over, but the team dysfunction continues.

Garden Kitty
08-04-2009, 03:04 PM
Interesting Bradley Wiggins article (http://www.guardian.co.uk/sport/2009/aug/04/bradley-wiggins-interview-donald-mcrae) discussing his future

Barredo and Kreuziger speak in a special sign (http://d.yimg.com/a/p/sp/getty/c6/fullj.26ef2acdc5f762514648ff09c4999956/26ef2acdc5f762514648ff09c4999956-getty-cycling-spa-vuelta-clasica-san-sebastian-barredo-kreuziger.jpg) after San Sebastian.

Garden Kitty
08-04-2009, 10:08 PM
Vino returned to racing in an oddly disturbing "Vino kit" with his pic on it (http://d.yimg.com/a/p/rids/20090804/i/r948336072.jpg) He reportedly told L'Equippe that he'll be back with Astana for the Tour de l'Ain

another view (http://d.yimg.com/a/p/rids/20090804/i/r2328605777.jpg)

Belsornia
08-05-2009, 03:43 AM
I wish Vino would stay away, but that weird kit certainly made me laugh.

Garden Kitty
08-06-2009, 05:05 PM
Dan Schmalz interview with Columbia's Michael Barry (http://nyvelocity.com/content/interviews/2009/michael-barry-interview)

Discussing Salvatore "Toto" Commessa:


As I attacked he yelled something in Italian--I didn't look back but pushed on to the finish. That is my first memory of him. My second, is of him hitting on my wife at the USPRO Champs in Philly a few years later. My third is of him being 'pantsed' by my Saturn teammate Brian Walton later that week in Philly

Yunaonlyhope
08-07-2009, 02:11 PM
Actually, I don't mind having Vino back in peloton. He makes the tour exciting. I remember 2005 TdF Vino attacked numerous times in various cat 1/2 climbs, shredded the peloton in pieces, and then couldn't keep up with the paces of subsequent attacks. It was a quite sight to see him disappear to the rear end of peloton after launching so many attacks. It was even more hilarious to see Der Kaiser and Klodi shooting Vino down. Ah good ole days when T-mobile team was around.

Garden Kitty
08-08-2009, 11:49 PM
Armstrong wins in the dirt (http://www.cyclingnews.com/news/armstrong-wins-in-snowmass)

And the eternally injured Tom Danielson finally gets a win too (http://www.cyclingnews.com/races/31st-vuelta-a-burgos-2-hc/stages/stage-4/results)

and Canada gets two pro tour races starting in 2010 (http://www.cyclingnews.com/news/uci-grants-canadas-protour-five-years)

deltask8er
08-09-2009, 02:00 AM
RadioShack would like you to call it 'The Shack'


NEW YORK RadioShack (RSH) is the latest older, "legacy" brand to try to put a cool, hip spin on itself.

The 88-year-old electronics outfit will re-introduce itself Thursday as just "The Shack" at least in its ads.

http://www.usatoday.com/money/advertising/2009-08-05-ads-rebrand-radioshack_N.htm


It's also signed a marketing agreement with bicyclist Lance Armstrong, who next year will compete in the Tour de France and other races under Team RadioShack.

"The Shack" :blah: . I would have changed it to "RS", or "doing better than Circuit City" :P