Capo Bastone to the Leb Mafia!
My 2 year old daughter came home from school today pointed at the TV and said "bike". She started to get hysterical until my wife put on a TDF tape.
I'm so proud.
It's not over. there's whispers that Polka Dot Soler returned a positive.
I think wearing team kits is weird and I think grown men seaking autographs is even weirder but if company is willing to pony up to support what I like I'll at least listen.
FYI Saab was born from jets.
I chose to go with T-Mobile because they sponsered a team and I'll pick up a bottle of Gerolsteiner evey now and then. Sort of like rednecks buying Bud because of Dale JR.
I think corporations sponsor teams because someone in the C level of the company likes bike racing. The executive then justifies it as marketing.
John Stewart just accused Rasmussen of "...smuggling plums..." and "...taunting Lance Armstrong...and 94% of America..."
I take it all back....
Yeah, it's totally tweaked. Read David Millar's comments that regionally, the French expect that everyone is doping anyway so it's not such a big deal. The only team sponsor I recognize anyway is Discovery Channel... I dunno, WTF is Astana or Rabobank...do people watch Rasmussen and go open checking accounts? Prolly a Euro-thang.
In light of baseball's doping I certainly don't think it's fair that many folks further dismiss cycling when our "national pastime" is one of the most polluted ever.
Sometimes I find myself thinking, WTF, why not let them drug it up all they want, but declare it as a separate class...THE DOPED...and test vigorously and punitively. If you want to ride fast, tainted, great...just tell us. If they take years off your life that's your problem.
Heard that Astana is being sued by another team sponsor for grabbing all the TV exposure for their breakaway effort the other day.
I can't get down about the tour and all that's evolved the last few days. There is still some good racing going on and with all the cheats being ousted the action is getting closer. The TT on Saturday is going to be one of the best stages.
Interesting comment on why Disco wouldn't wear the Yellow Jersey today because it looked like they supported Rasmussen...
I suggest they convert the balance of the TdF to half cycling , half UFC. The scrawny, doped-up climbers and testosterone-infused sprinters should be parceled off to fight head to head for this special event leaving the balance of (maybe) clean "average" riders to finish things out an start anew in 08.
To me this is pathetic and sad but shouldn't take anything away from the winner. Just because cheaters got caught shouldn't lessen the prestige of the ultimate winner.
As soon as they make it more painful for the corporate sponsors to have "dirty" teams you'll start seeing better compliance. I have no clue as to governing bodies but I think that if a team is found to have a dirty rider that all the corporations that have their names on the kits of that particular team should be banned from advertising in any/all cycling events for a period of time. Fining managers and other team staff should also have an effect. While the riders should be held most accountable, they are clearly not capable of self-restraint.
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