Friday, August 24, 2012

The Farce That is USADA

I never thought that I would be adding a new post to this blog, but today I became very disgusted or, let's say, a bit outraged hearing that Lance Armstrong will no longer fight the witch hunt that has been perpetrated by the USADA (the United States Association to Defame Armstrong)
The continuing investigation, whether proven or not, does nothing to with the mission of the USADA.  That is to preserve the integrity of competition, inspire true sport and protect the rights of the U.S. athletes. Armstrong has been tested over 500 times during his career and there has been no evidence of him doping. Armstrong was also subject to investigation by the United States Attorney United States Attorney's Office in L.A. for nearly two years, but that investigation was closed without any charges filed.
I understand in a way why Lance will not continue this fight.  As I see it, if cleared, the USADA will not be satisfied and will continue with the hunt.
I also fail to see any truth in the statements given by teammates that were caught doping, lied about it and then confessed when allegations were proven.   The one statement that still haunts me was Floyd Landis stating that Lance taught them all how to enhance their performance without getting caught.  If that was true, how did they get caught?
I am now interested in seeing if the UCI (international governing body for bicycling) will strip Lance of his wins on the alleged findings of the USADA and what law suits will follow if they do. This saga is no way over, but today I am outraged and with so much doping going on in amateur and pro sports today that outrage is vented toward the USADA.  Someone in that organization or a valuable contributor to that organization has a hair up their ass for Armstrong, not a concern for a clean sport.  May that hair turn into the worlds largest hemorrhoid.

Saturday, July 23, 2011

End of Blog

Recently, not able to keep up with cycling news or with blog.
I will be removing blog off line until further notice.
If unable to continue when fees are due for domain name, I will permanently remove
blog.
If there is anybody that would like to own this domain name, please contact.
joeshico@gmail.com.

PS:  Congrats to Cadel Evans for winning and all others who participated in a memorable Tour de France.

Monday, July 4, 2011

USA Wins Stage.

Not getting much time to even watch most of the stages in this years Tour, but would like to keep this blog up and running.  I will post as many of the stages as possible with pre-stage predictions.
Today belonged to the USA with Tyler Farrar finally winning a TDF stage.  He now is only 6 points out of the lead in the points classification, and will have to win one or two more sprints if he is to wear the green jersey in Paris.
I still think that will be a three way battle between Farrar, Cavendish and Greipel.  I will still stick with Cavendish to win in the end.
Stage 4 will not be easy with a series of short climbs and a sprinters nightmare uphill sprint to the line.
I don't think the specialist will be there at the finish.  This would be a great stage for a breakaway to succeed.  It could also be a win for a much better looking Cadel Evans.  Others that can surprise may be Tony Martin, Vinokourov or Danny Pate.

Top 10 Finishers Stage 3

1. Tyler Farrar, USA, (Garmin Cervelo)                                                  4:40:21
2. Romain Feillu, FRA (Vacansoleil-DCM)
3. Jose Joaquin Rojas Gil, ESP, (Movistar) 
4. Sebastien Hinault, FRA, (AG2R La Mondiale)
5. Mark Cavendish, GBR, HTC Highroad
6.Thor Hushovd, NOR, (Garmin Cervelo)
7. Julian Dean, NZL, (Garmin Cervelo)
8. Borut Bozic, SLO, (Vacansoleil-DCM)
9. Andre Greipel, GER, (Omega Pharma-Lotto)
10.Jimmy Engoulvent, FRA, (Saur-Sojason)


Sunday, April 10, 2011

Tour de France 2011 Team

The following 18 teams have been selected in compliance with International Cycling Union rules:
OMEGA PHARMA-LOTTO (BEL)
QUICKSTEP CYCLING TEAM (BEL)
SAXO BANK SUNGARD (DEN)
EUSKALTEL-EUSKADI (ESP)
MOVISTAR TEAM (ESP)
AG2R LA MONDIALE (FRA)
SKY PROCYCLING (GBR)
LAMPRE - ISD (ITA)
LIQUIGAS-CANNONDALE (ITA)
PRO TEAM ASTANA (KAZ)
TEAM LEOPARD - TREK (LUX)
RABOBANK CYCLING TEAM (HOL)
VACANSOLEIL-DCM PRO CYCLING TEAM (HOL)
KATUSHA TEAM (RUS)
BMC RACING TEAM (USA)
HTC-HIGHROAD (USA)
TEAM GARMIN-CERVELO (USA)
TEAM RADIOSHACK (USA)
4 other teams, invited by the organisers, will make up the field for the 98th edition of Le Tour:
COFIDIS, LE CREDIT EN LIGNE (FRA)
FDJ (FRA)
SAUR - SOJASUN (FRA)
TEAM EUROPCAR (FRA)

Monday, February 28, 2011

Tour de France 2012 Starts In Liège

The 2012 Tour de France will set off from the Parc d’Avroy, in the heart of Liège. The launch ramp for this prologue will be set up on the Avenue Rogier. On a 6.1 km long flat course marked out in the city centre, identical to the one where the Swiss rider Fabian Cancellara was the winner in 2004, the cyclists will head north on the Boulevard d’Avroy and then on the Boulevard de la Sauvenière. They will then join the Quai Roosevelt, which runs alongside the River Meuse, and will then turn left at La Batte to pass through the Place Saint-Lambert in front of the Palais des Princes-Évêques. Then they will take the Boulevard de la Sauvenière and the Boulevard d’Avroy again, in the opposite direction, to reach the finish

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Route Stages Announced for 2011 Tour de France

Running from Saturday July 2rd to Sunday July 24th 2011, the 98th Tour de France will be made up of 21 stages and will cover a total distance of 3,471 kilometres.
These stages have the following profiles:
  • · 10 flat stages,
  • · 6 mountain stages and 4 summit finishes,
  • · 1 individual time-trial stage (41 km).
  • · 1 team time-trial stage (23 km).

Distinctive aspects of the race

  • · le Galibier climbed twice,
  • · 2 rest days,
  • · 23 level 2, 1 or highest level mountain passes or summit finishes,
  • · no bonuses will be awarded during the intermediate sprints and stage finishes.
The 2011 Tour de France stages:
July 2, stage 1: Passage du Gois-Mont des Alouettes, 191km
July 3, stage 2: Les Essarts-Les Essarts, TTT, 23km
July 4, stage 3: Olonne-sur-Mer-Redon, 198km
July 5, stage 4: Lorient-Mûr-de-Bretagne, 172km
July 6, stage 5: Carhaix-Cap Fréhel, 158km
July 7, stage 6: Dinan-Lisieux, 226km
July 8, stage 7: Le Mans-Châteauroux, 215km
July 9, stage 8: Aigurande-Super Besse Sancy, 190km
July 10, stage 9: Issoire-St-Flour, 208km
July 11, rest day at Le Lioran/Cantal
July 12, stage 10: Aurillac-Carmaux, 161km
July 13, stage 11: Blaye-les-Mines-Lavaur, 168km
July 14, stage 12: Cugnaux-Luz Ardiden, 209km
July 15, stage 13: Pau-Lourdes, 156km
July 16, stage 14: Saint-Gaudens-Plateau de Beille, 168km
July 17, stage 15: Limous-Montpellier, 187km
July 18, rest day at province of Drôme
July 19, stage 16: Saint-Paul-Trois-Châteaux-Gap, 163km
July 20, stage 17: Gap-Pinerolo, 179km
July 21, stage 18: Pinerolo-Galibier/Serre-Chevalier, 189km
July 22, stage 19: Modane-Alpe d’Huez, 109km
July 23, stage 20: Grenoble-Grenoble, ITT, 41km
July 24, stage 21: Créteil-Paris/Champs-Elysées, 160km