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You can't make this stuff up(9 posts)

You can't make this stuff upBrian C.
Jun 13, 2001 11:49 AM
Dario Frigo says the drugs were in his suitcase, but not in his blood, and the only reason he had them was just in case he needed a boost for the latter stages of the Giro d'Italia. He denies finking to police on other riders. But he agrees it was correct that he was kicked off the Fassa Bortolo team.
Investigators are said to have a list of about 80 suspects from the cycling teams, following last week's police raid during the Giro.
Bernard Hinault says cycling authorities should come down much harder on drug use: Ban riders who fail drug tests for up to three years, instead of six months as is the current practice.
He says the best way to get the message across is where it hurts most - in the pocketbook. He also supports the suggestion by the Italian Olympic Committee that all races in Italy be cancelled until a code of ethics has been established.
Meanwhile, Marco Pantani will have his drivers' licence confiscated and faces a fine after being caught speeding 190 kilometres an hour on a highway in Italy this week.
On a positive note, Axel Merckx took the yellow and blue jersey following the third stage of the Dauphine Libere in France. (Father Eddy won this race 30 years ago. Wow, thirty years ago.)
And, Abraham Olano, who rides for Once, will attempt to break Chris Boardman's world hour record at the Anoeta velodrome in San Sebastian, Spain, on Saturday. Boardman's record of 49.441 km was set last October at the Manchester velodrome.
Finally, anyone paying attention to the Hewlett-Packard Women's Challenge in Idaho this week?
HP Women's ChallengeMeDotOrg
Jun 13, 2001 12:05 PM
According to HP's Site, the race willl be broadcast by CBS JULY 14, 4pm EDT. Shows you the respect cycling gets in America, but at least it's on Network TV. (Apoligies to OLN).

BTW, you are a veritable fountain of info. You should do a daily column for this site...
re: HPWC You bet!JohnnyA
Jun 13, 2001 12:08 PM
First stage started about an hour ago. Anna Milward is in a breakaway of 6 riders up by a minute..... Saturn has 3 riders in this lead group. People were caught sleeping......

live coverage at
Thanks for that.Brian C.
Jun 13, 2001 12:14 PM
17 mph headwinds can't be much fun. (Then again, a helluva a lot more fun than sitting at this desk.)
re: You can't make this stuff upLone Gunman
Jun 13, 2001 12:30 PM
Speaking of Eddie Merckx, saw him at the LAF Ride in 2000. He looked like a fat, wide tie used car salesman. Unbelievable.
Eddie M. -- Large and (Still) In ChargeGreg Taylor
Jun 13, 2001 12:47 PM
I saw him there too...

Apart from getting his autograph (which I got...) the best "Merckx sighting" for me was during the Saturday night criterium in downtown Austin. During the men's race, he jumped down off of the race oficial's podium, cut across the road and climbed up on top of the Rolf Wheels support van for a better view. The tech dudes were awestruck.
re: You can't make this stuff upwscott
Jun 13, 2001 1:06 PM
Professional cycling events have been banned in Italy as of June 18th. I guess they mean business this time.
only 49.441?cyclopathic
Jun 14, 2001 2:24 AM
I though it's higher.
checked with analytic cycling and it requires only 417 watts /407 on wooden track/
only 49.441?Dougal
Jun 14, 2001 2:36 AM
The original record is closer to 57k, but this one is the first record set uinder the new UCI rules ie. no aero wheels, no aero frame, no unusual positions, at least x amount of spokes and so on.

I reckon Olano will beat it. Although Boardman was on of the finest TT riders of his generation, he was at the end of his career and suffering from a muscle wasting illness (I forget which one) when he set this distance.