The cycling news out of Europe has been anything but boring this week.
Here's just a brief recap of some of the news and stories that we've been following all week thanks to the Pez Cycling News:
" - A decision from the UCI has given the green light for Lance Armstrong to start his 2009 racing season with the Tour Down Under in January.
- The road season is winding to a close and with just a few more big races in Italy and one or two Belgium and France, it won’t be long until we turn our attention to cyclo-cross, six-days and the regular off season rumour mill.
- Team Garmin-Chipotle Presented by H3O will be joining the ProTour ranks in 2009.
- As well as the blood tests being carried out by the AFLD on samples collected at this year's Tour de France - that have busted Schumacher, confirmed what Mauro Gianetti suspected about Leonardo Piepoli and filled in the gaps on Riccò - the International Olympic Committee is now going to analyze all of the blood samples collected at the recent Beijing games.
- Cast your mind back to July when Riccardo Riccò was sprung for CERA
(the 3rd generation EPO) at the Tour de France and his comments about
the effectiveness of the urine testing. Can’t recall? Well it wasn’t
the usual “they got it wrong, I am innocent!” but rather something
along the lines of “the testing isn’t very good because you only got me
twice, but I was taking the stuff every day.”
-If you live in Colorado and have always wondered what it was like to
stare and drool as you wander the aisles at a bike show, then clear
your calendar for the first weekend in November.
- With the huge success of British track cycling at the previous two
world championships and the recent Olympics, as well as the strong
showing on the road by young riders like Mark Cavendish, it is no
surprise that there has been talk of an “all British team” for a future
Tour de France.
- A report in UK newspaper The Guardian, has quoted Bradley Wiggins as
saying that he has not spoken to madison partner Mark Cavendish since
they walked off the track at the Beijing Games after finishing a
- So, anyone out there ever dreamed of winning the lottery, starting your
own team and then including yourself on the roster for the Tour de
France? (No? Just me then...)
Anyway, there is another, slightly cheaper way that you can get into
team ownership, but I can’t guarantee that handing over the cash will
necessarily get you a start, especially seeing as how the team already
has a full squad of riders.
The UK based women’s team, formerly known as Team Swift, has launched a
program called Own Our Team where they are encouraging fans, supporters
and investors to visit their webpage and make a donation to help the
team keep afloat for 2009."
Click HERE if you want to read all of the nitty gritty detals of the week gone by.