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    Liquigas boys having fun at winter camp. Their camp looks much more fun than Saxo Bank's survivial camp.
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    Where have I been that I've never heard of artistic cycling?

    Here are some pics of a recent competition

    Quinziato interview at Pez

    Pereiro claims Astana is changing the terms of his contract to pay him less, and if they can't work it out, he'll retire. Not sure how that works, it seems like salary is sort of a main point in these contracts, but it's always difficult to negoiate when one side has a bike, and the other side has an army.
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    Interesting article on Wiggins transfer to Sky. Vaughters and Millar don't seem particularly pleases with the way he handled things.

    Also, don't know if anyone was following the "Fat Cyclist" exchange with Johan Bruyneel this past week, but it's a cute story. The Fat Cyclist is a blogger who has a funny blog about his biking exploits and eating habits. AboIn 2007, the blog took a serious turn when he discussed his wife's cancer diagnosis. Subsequently, the blog had some very touching moments as he described her fight with the disease, but also maintained his unique and funny take on other parts of life. His wife died this past summer, and his descriptions of the experience touched a lot of people.

    Last week, in his blog, he wrote a letter to Bruyneel promoting his skills (including communication skills and an ability to spell) and seeking a job with Team Radio Shack. Bruyneel wrote back and said he could come to the Team Training Camp for the weekend if he could raise $10,000 for each of Live Strong and World Bicycle Relief. Bruyneel also threw in a bike if he raised $25,000 each by the end of the week. Fatty passed the $100,000 total mark in just a few days , and is heading off to camp. Some funy columns discussing the whole experience on the blog.
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    ooh- another Fat Cyclist fan. yes, I've been following his blog for a while, now. The exchange with Bruyneel is priceless.

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    Last edited by Garden Kitty; 12-15-2009 at 03:51 AM.
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    Le Monde is reporting that French authorities have opened an initial inquiry into transfusion equipment found at the Astana hotel rooms during the TdF. Such equipment is illegal under French criminal laws as well as UCI regulations. They also report finding syringes and related equipment with 7 separate DNA sequences identified, but haven't yet matched any up because the UCI won't release DNA samples to the French authorities. They're examining to see if the DNA samples had any prohibited substances such as HGH, but so far no confirmation that any illegal substance was identified.


    Reportedly they were investigating some other teams as well, but they didn't find sufficient evidence to continue those investigations. I don't believe the syringes etc. are themselves illegal, so if the DNA is only on those items, and don't contain any prohibited substances, then it doesn't seem like any individual would be implicated. More fun to see how this all plays out.

    In other news, Alan Davis (formerly with Quick Step) and his brother both signed with Astana.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Garden Kitty View Post

    before I clicked on that link I was totally expecting (hoping) to see Fabian in swimwear prancing about in the ocean. I was sorely dissapointed.

    That was really mean GK



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    Last edited by Garden Kitty; 12-30-2009 at 07:58 PM.
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    Team Sky launches their website, and announces their signing of Katusha's Ben Swift.

    I have to assume Katusha wasn't as easily as initimidated as Garmin, so they may not have minded letting Swift go, but Sky's reported negotiation techniques to get Wiggins (supposedly threatening to tie Garmin up in expensive litigation over European labor laws) has left me feeling less than positive about a team with a lot of riders that I really like.

    Article about the launch of Team Sky

    Wiggins at the presentation, kits are black and blue on the front, but white on the back to prevent them from getting too hot in all black.

    Back of the kits

    Team about town

    the legs of team Sky

    Barry and Lofkvist
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    Quote Originally Posted by Garden Kitty View Post

    I have to assume Katusha wasn't as easily as initimidated as Garmin, so they may not have minded letting Swift go, but Sky's reported negotiation techniques to get Wiggins (supposedly threatening to tie Garmin up in expensive litigation over European labor laws) has left me feeling less than positive about a team with a lot of riders that I really like.

    I'm also disspointed in Wiggins as well. I mean CVV rode his ass off for him in the TdF. CVV would have been the team GC contender if not for his crash in the Giro. And he sucked it up and selflessly played domestique for Wiggo. After that for, Wiggo to say the things he's said in a few articles were just kinda.... and I'm usually one to not care what the athletes do outside of the game/race. But he basically slagged off on Garmin and said how if he had to fufill his contract with them he'd pretty much just phone it in for the 2010 season. I understand he grew up and trained under the UK cycling program but he could have made his exit a LOT more graceful to a team that gave him a big shot when no one else really did.

    As for the rest of the riders well...they probably just went to where the money was.

    I have a softspot for lovkist

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    A few more kits have been unveiled:

    BMC - mostly dull, although the red seems like it could get hot during July

    Footon Servetto - truly I have no words

    no, not any better up close

    And Frank and Andy Schleck better watch out - brothers Cameron and Travis Meyer (both with Garmin) won the Australian time trial and road race national titles. Cameron is the older brother at a mere 21 years old.

    ETA: Cadel's wife, Chiara, poses with a wombat

    ETA: The cyclingnews pics of the Footon Servetto unveiling are Apparently the riders came in carrying a box which contained their new bike and black capes which they whipped off to reveal those kits. And what would black capes be without smoke!

    http://www.cyclingnews.com/news/phot...010-kit/100667

    http://www.cyclingnews.com/news/phot...010-kit/100668

    Hincapie in his US Road Champ jersey for BMC
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    Quote Originally Posted by Garden Kitty View Post
    ETA: The cyclingnews pics of the Footon Servetto unveiling are Apparently the riders came in carrying a box which contained their new bike and black capes which they whipped off to reveal those kits. And what would black capes be without smoke!

    http://www.cyclingnews.com/news/phot...010-kit/100667

    http://www.cyclingnews.com/news/phot...010-kit/100668
    I can't look at that second picture without thinking about "The Full Monty". Seriously, flesh-colored kits? What were they thinking?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Garden Kitty View Post
    You know the Tour Down Under is about to start, when Lance is cuddling a baby kangaroo
    Would it be acceptable for me to awwwwwww at this picture?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Theatregirl1122 View Post
    Would it be acceptable for me to awwwwwww at this picture?
    My brain must have been watching skating in Spokane, because I just realized this pic must have been from last year since Lance is wearing an Astana kit. I must have been blinded by the cute kangaroo

    Cadel in his new BMC World Champ kit

    Radio Shack debuts in Australia

    Lance's girlfriend and baby Max cheer on the team

    Team Sky kicks off their team existence with a win

    Columbia-HTC is now HTC-Columbia
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    Last edited by Garden Kitty; 01-21-2010 at 08:45 AM.
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    ahhh, how I have missed cycling hotness on my television screen!!!

    Someone said to me the reason behind the Footon team kit was to motivate each team member to win their national championship! I see it worked for one of them tho they made the Portugese nat champ a pretty ugly kit too

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