Wow, the stories are just flying over at Velo News aren't they?
Ricco admits to doping. Good for him. Don't drag it out forever when you know you screwed up. Also, his honesty sheds some interesting light on the current limitations of the doping controls as he explained that he was tested several times after taking the banned substance yet only one test came back positive. I really hope that the powers that be take that information and use it to try to strengthen the tests.
Piepoli says he's innocent. He never did test positive at the Tour but his team fired him for violating their code of ethics and I think that may actually be worse because they obviously know something that we don't. Now that Scot Bicycles and the meat people (that is honestly going to require it's own entire post so I'm just going to leave that there for now) have signed on to save the team I really hope that they don't get punished for the sins of their forefathers the way Astana did.
Cadel is out of the Olympic time trial after busting up his knee in a fall at a post-Tour party on Sunday. How much does that suck for him? Luckily he says that he'll still be able to participate in the road race but still...
Horner and Kloden sign with Astana for another year. Let's hope that an invite to the 2009 Tour is forthcoming so that we can see Astana go head-to-head with CSC. Now that would be a race!
Nice post-Tour interview with Ryder Hesjedal over at Pedalmag.com. Check it out.
I'm excited to hear that another Canadian rider has signed with the Garmin-Chipotle squad. Christian Meier will join his buddy Ryder for the remainder of the 2008 season. Meier is the 2008 Canadian National Road Champion and he's a great rider so watch out for him!
I'm still suffering from post-Tour withdrawal but I'm going to do some more writing for Pedal magazine up here and I'm going to help Cathy out with race reports during the Tour of Missouri over at US Cycling Report so I'll look forward to that to avoid feeling too down.