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Jenny
10-22-2012, 10:31 PM
One interesting article I read is the cancer played a very large role in why people didn't go after Armstrong even with all the doping accusations. How dare they pick on someone after what he has been through was the underlying message. Probably a contributing factor in why he got away with it for so long.

I'm wondering if his experience with cancer is what might have got him into doping, and made him convince others to do the same. He survived cancer and in some ways conquered his own body - with the help of medicine. So maybe he thought he could keep going along those lines - make his body more powerful etc and achieve things no one thought possible. When someone is that driven, it's hard to understand how their mind works, and when others around him are too, I can see where they could get caught up in the idea of win at any cost.

As for not admitting it, either he really is innocent and this is all a giant conspiracy (but realistically, the chances of that are tinier and tinier as this continues), or that same mindset has him either stubbornly thinking what he did wasn't wrong and other people just don't get what it takes to be an athlete at that level/cancer survivor, or he's painted himself far enough into a corner that he doesn't see a way out.

heckles
10-22-2012, 11:39 PM
One interesting article I read is the cancer played a very large role in why people didn't go after Armstrong even with all the doping accusations.

That, and because America finally had an interesting champion cyclist, unlike Greg La-Bland.

Aussie Willy
10-23-2012, 01:21 AM
I'm wondering if his experience with cancer is what might have got him into doping, and made him convince others to do the same.
Part of the evidence presented was he had being doing doping long before the cancer. If you check the testimony of Frankie and Betsy Andreu, they were in the room with him when the doctor asked him if he had taken performance enhancing drugs. According to their affidavits, Armstrong was quite casual in his response that he had taken a variety of drugs.

Garden Kitty
10-24-2012, 05:58 PM
Route for the 100th edition of the Tour de France announced today (http://en-maktoob.news.yahoo.com/tour-france-celebrates-centenary-prestige-route-100451040--spt.html). This route includes a "dusk" finish on the Champs and fewer chronos which should please Andy Schleck.

Wiggins looks thrilled (http://l1.yimg.com/bt/api/res/1.2/QJ5e_pMjJ0rbNyQ_RIuZsA--/YXBwaWQ9eW5ld3M7Zmk9aW5zZXQ7aD0zNDI7cT04NTt3PTUxMg--/http://media.zenfs.com/en_us/News/Reuters/2012-10-24T115016Z_456944685_GM1E8AO1J3J01_RTRMADP_3_CYCLI NG-TOUR.JPG)

All cyclists (especially Wiggins) should call Contador before big events to see how to dress (http://l3.yimg.com/bt/api/res/1.2/uhPpw.1pJw0HYzbXzRBRKg--/YXBwaWQ9eW5ld3M7Zmk9aW5zZXQ7aD0zNDI7cT04NTt3PTUxMg--/http://media.zenfs.com/en_us/News/Reuters/2012-10-24T122642Z_998970820_GM1E8AO1KRG01_RTRMADP_3_CYCLI NG-TOUR.JPG)

Group photo including Bert (http://cache1.asset-cache.net/gc/154664069-international-cyclists-britains-bradley-gettyimages.jpg?v=1&c=IWSAsset&k=2&d=GkZZ8bf5zL1ZiijUmxa7Qb3KSFWTV%2b6kwvXwxZZDrJjJtL O6%2fUAbkR1RdAmPVcOvKVUjIqzFo%2fdTiJAP0VJIjw%3d%3d )

Theatregirl1122
10-24-2012, 07:04 PM
L'Alpe d'Huez and Mount Ventoux? Yes PLEASE! Let's climb some mountains.

Much as I love the idea of Cav wearing yellow, I sort of hate starting the race with everyone tied for the same time. It's oddly irritating to look at the rankings and see everyone with the same time. (Plus Cav usually botches the first sprint stage of a Grand Tour so it'll probably be Greipel in Yellow and that doesn't amuse me at all ;)).

Only 65 km of Individual Time Trials and one team is good news for the less skilled time trialists out there. Of course, Contador has been able to win no matter what the course is like and I suspect he'll come in as the favorite as long as he isn't trying to win the Giro as well. It'll be interesting to see if Andy can be back to his 2010/2011 form by then. And what his team actually looks like. Because last year, I don't think he had a team built to attempt to win him a TDF in 2012 even if he'd been healthy.

It's a little far out to really speculate on the contenders but I'm excited! It'll be interesting to see if Hesjedal focuses on the tour and how much Garmin will ride in support of him versus Tyler, what goes on with Andy, who will be the lead riders for BMC and Sky, etc.

Froome has already publicly suggested that Wiggo take the team lead at the Giro and he take the team lead in the Tour. It begins already!

Garden Kitty
10-25-2012, 01:15 AM
Froome has already publicly suggested that Wiggo take the team lead at the Giro and he take the team lead in the Tour. It begins already!

According to the BBC (http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/0/cycling/20054580), Wiggins has suggested that too:


"It's more than likely I'll ride in a supporting role for Chris," Team Sky rider Wiggins said. "I just want to be in a successful team."

"My objective will be the Giro."

Theatregirl1122
10-25-2012, 04:16 PM
Yeah, I saw that. In the article I read yesterday he said he'd focus on the Giro and see what happens in the tour which is a little less emphatic. It's logical because this is not a great route for Wiggo but I imagine it'll be difficult for the guy with #1 on his back to ride in support.

Meanwhile Contador is supporting Lance and US Postal? I know he road for Bruyneel for two of his tour titles but, if I were him, I'd be distancing myself like crazy rather than clinging to that sinking ship.

Garden Kitty
10-25-2012, 05:40 PM
Bobby Julich makes his confession and is released from coaching on Team Sky (http://www.cyclingnews.com/news/exclusive-bobby-julich-doping-confession)

Garden Kitty
11-03-2012, 09:34 PM
Reports that Vino paid off Kolobnev for his Liege win. Oh for the good old days of doping stories (http://espn.go.com/olympics/cycling/story/_/id/8586218/alexandre-vinokourov-paid-alexandr-kolobnev-win-2010-liege-bastogne-liege-report-says). ;)

skatefan
11-08-2012, 10:17 AM
http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/0/cycling/20246940

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sport/othersports/article-2229540/Bradley-Wiggins-hospital-suspected-broken-ribs-crash-car-Lancashire-road.html

Bradley Wiggins now being reported as having suffered several cracked ribs after being knocked off his bike near his home.

Garden Kitty
11-18-2012, 06:20 PM
Mark Cavendish and Peta Todd get engaged (http://www.thesun.co.uk/sol/homepage/woman/4650760/peta-todd-page-3-wedding-mark-cavendish.html)

And who knew that Mark used to be a ballroom dancer?


She says: “The first thing my friends want to know is what our first dance will be.

“I am the most uncoordinated person you’ll ever meet — all long legs and clumsy feet — and Mark did ballroom dancing at national level as a teenager.

Theatregirl1122
11-19-2012, 12:26 AM
Okay, I definitely did not know that and that is hilarious. He'd be awfully short for a ballroom dancer now!

Garden Kitty
12-10-2012, 05:41 PM
Katusha denied World Tour license in an unexpected snub from the UCI (http://inrng.com/2012/12/uci-world-tour-2013-licences/)

Garden Kitty
12-17-2012, 02:56 PM
Bradley Wiggins wins British Sports Personality of the Year award, and receives his award from Dutchess Kate. (http://news.yahoo.com/sport-wiggins-wins-bbc-sports-personality-award-225640467--ten.html;_ylt=A2KJ3CXPMc9Q62UAzXnQtDMD)

Maofan7
12-19-2012, 08:17 PM
Bradley Wiggins may reject Knighthood if offered it (http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sport/othersports/article-2249828/Bradley-Wiggins-reject-knighthood.html)