• krashdavage

    And Jesse Carlsson just won the Trans Am endurance race. An event you guys are “following” :-)

  • Dave

    That photo with the Col du Galibier story is from the Mont Cenis climb of the 2013 Giro d’italia stage (which finished on the Col du Galibier) and not from the Télégraphe/Galibier road itself.

  • Steel

    Kittel out of the TDF :(

    I’m thinking this year one of the most interesting contests will be out of Sagan, Degenkolb and Matthews for those harder sprint stages. Will anyone be able to take the Green jersey of Sagan, who basically has had a mortgage on it for the last couple of years? I would love to see Matthews go for it if he snags an early stage.

    • jules

      still got Cav vs. Greipel. sprints should be fun. and then there’s the question of whether the PitBull has learned to look where he’s going this year.

      • Dave

        Kristoff in the mix too.

        • jules

          oh how easily I forget, of course!

    • ron

      Nacer B as well.

      • Hamish Moffatt

        is he the Pitbull?

        • jules

          Talansky is the pitbull

    • Andy Logan

      Always going to happen with Kittel, not enough miles in the legs. $31 for Deggs for the Green Jersey is looking pretty decent right about now. Michael Matthews taking pressure of himself….”I have not targeted any stages” and “I’m just going to switch off” yeah right. Sprints are going to be interesting, with Cav, Griepel et all, the overall is a mouth watering contest with Froome, Contadore, Quintana, Nibali, TVG.

    • Daniel

      Indeed. This whole Tour is shaping up to be a corker! Should be a good one after a comparatively dull one last year (when the most exciting thing is who gets to come second by nine minutes, it’s time to save the sleepless nights for the next grand tour)
      Sagan will be vulnerable. He has previously dominated it by gaining intermediate sprints and generally hanging in the break, but are Tinkoff going to let him freelance like that? He’s going to have no sprint train, and the GC guys are going to be reluctant to let a Tinkoff rider in the breaks on significant stages in case Contador wants to go long. Who knows what could happen?

      • Il_falcone

        Let’s not forget that Cav and Sagan now have the fastest bike on earth. Cav should win all sprints by several bike lenghts ;-).

    • velocite

      ‘Phew, excellent’ said Cavendish and Greipel.

  • Sean

    Dave was that you featured in the cycling karma video?

    • Dave

      Maybe as the slower cyclist starting out in the lead ;-)

      Was that you overtaking me and then eating concrete?

      • Gordon


        Have a good weekend all. Ride safe and thanks to CT for another great week.

  • Michele

    I know if I was a top-notch professional Bike Rider, I would – as painful as it would be to have to do every time – explain to the hotel I’m staying at – exclusive or not – that the vampires might come looking for me.

    Do like how he explained [pulled out the old excuse of how] his wife was with him at the time. That eliminates any possibility he was doping at the hotel.

    • jules

      dodging the whereabouts thing used to be a sport of its own for riders (dopers) – not answering doors, running out the back of the house. have they cracked down on it now?

    • Dave

      Spot on – though getting the trained monkeys on the graveyard shift to actually act on it might be an extra challenge.

      Having said that, the hotel staff saved him in one respect. If the testers were allowed to come up he would have incurred a wife violation instead.

      Who on earth would nominate 6am-7am as their available time when they are taking a couple of days off with the wife?

      • Michele

        What I would find amusing in all this would be if Davide Cassani happened to be in Mexico and saw Chris Froome out riding his bike on the days he was supposed to be in Italy.

        it would be like some Bizzaro – Rasmussen story.

    • Bex

      Seriously though, at what point would that have crossed his mind. “oh by the way i get drug tested on a random basis and because i know your hotel policy of not letting someone (who knows who I am and where i am and has credentials to show they are need to see me) know my room number, please make an exception for me”.

      Surely some responsibility lies with the drug testers, can they not get his mobile phone or the team to call him. it all sounds a bit ridiculous to me.

      • jules

        they probably don’t have his mobile. can you imagine being hounded with SMSs by the vampires? “hey Froomedog just about at your place if you haven’t gone to toilet this morning, hang on! lolz :)”

        • Michele

          Or, upon receiving the call, just saying – ‘Oh I’m out at the moment, be back in 45 minutes’. Testers go away for an early morning coffee, whilst rider quickly ensures he’s not ‘glowing’, before giving his sample which ultimately proves clean.

          • jules

            the truth is really that the no-go time zone (12-7am?) gives dopers adequate opportunity to stay out of reach of the testers while glowing. i suspect this is especially so in the age of micro-doping, which logically would reduce glow time.

            • Michele

              That, unfortunately, is the the absolute truth.

              I think we can all safely suspect that riders know how much to take and when and be confident they wont produce a positive test.

            • velocite

              This no go time period looks so ridiculous to me, and anomalous in the context of a serious attack on doping, that I wonder why it is still there, and why the UCI has said nothing about looking at it. Or have they? I had a surf to see if I could find the definition and purpose of this no go window, and all I could find was a comment to a para of ‘Part 14, Anti Doping Rules, version entering into force January 1 2015’. It’s under para 5.4 and reads in part as follows:

              “Unless the Rider has identified a 60-minute Testing window during the following-described time period, or otherwise consented to Testing during that period, before Testing a Rider between the hours of 11:00 p.m. and 6:00 a.m., an Anti-Doping Organization should have serious and specific suspicion that the Rider may be engaged in doping.”

              Is that all there is?

              Document is here:

              • jules

                in fairness, imagine being woken up at 3am during the Tour. however it should be more acceptable outside of competition. but sadly I fear it’s reflective of the true resolve by those supposedly leading the fight against doping – it’s still a token effort.

                • velocite

                  I suppose it’s a riders’ rights clause, but if the cost is ongoing doping it’s too high, IMHO. But it wouldn’t have to be frequent. Imagine if two weeks into the tour the top 25% were all set upon at midnight by the testers. Could the results be generated by the start of next day’s stage? Would all depend on total surprise, of course. Even the threat of that could be effective.

                  • jules

                    it takes longer to get the results I think, but that doesn’t matter.

                    I think you’re correct that it’s about assessing the inconvenience vs. the cost of ongoing doping. they’ve prioritised convenience. I suspect the reasons for that are rather depressing.

                    • Dave

                      It’s not about “convenience” but about human rights – and this balance was ruled upon by the courts in Europe in what basically amounted to a test case for WADA. The UCI don’t want to (i.e. can’t afford to) litigate that for themselves and hope to get a result different to what WADA got, so they simply follow the precedent which has been set.

                      The balance is simple – you have 18 hours a day (0500 to 2300) for normal random tests, but all 24 hours become available if you’re doing a targeted investigation on the basis of genuine suspicion. Seems like a good balance to me, I can’t for the life of me work out why you would want to be sneaking around at night and pulling athletes out of bed if you weren’t expecting to get any results.

                      Be careful what you wish for – if random tests (i.e. not just targeted tests) were happening in the middle of the night it would be more likely to PROMOTE doping instead of acting as a deterrent, by pushing both clean riders and dopers towards starting a non-UCI breakaway league (think World Series Cricket with lycra) with NO anti-doping controls. Lose enough riders to a breakaway league and soon some of the race promoters would start jumping over as well.

                      If there is genuine suspicion, in most European jurisdictions (including France and Italy) there is specific legislation against sporting fraud that gives the sporting authorities the ‘nuclear option’ of taking it to the police and making an allegation of sporting fraud. A police raid as in the Festina case or a few others since then can get a lot more done than a urine test, they can also confiscate equipment and documents.

      • Michele

        Well it obviously crossed his mind to tell the vampires he was going to be at the hotel in the first place.

        Not sure about some responsibility lying with the testers.

        You know how the pros got away with doping so easily whilst they were all camped at Girona together?

        You’re on a multiple-million pound a year contract, won the TdF and want people to believe you race clean. It becomes second nature to assume you will be tested on any given day.

        As much as it sucks, you need to expect them to come every morning of every day of the year.

      • GT

        Agree .. on the basis of the story as written, you could be excused for thinking that the testers did not really try – maybe wanted to catch a fault ??

        • Dave

          Why should the tester’s be fulfilling the rider’s responsibility? They have other athletes to test instead of spending all morning chasing Froome.

          He should have told the hotel or nominated a different hour when he could guarantee his availability.

          • Derek Maher

            True Dave ,The testers are busy little bees flitting around Europe and other locale’s collecting pee samples.Froome would look even more depressed than normal to have his marital bliss disturbed.Never mind he has two miss chances left this year.Not that he indulges in chewing coca leaves or whatever else may give him an edge.

  • Godon

    Cannondale are going to throw in some crazy tactics are they. I thought that was what the helmets were about.

    • Dave

      Everyone will let them go up the road just so they don’t have to look at them – or Ryder’s beard for that matter.

    • Gordon

      Typo it is Gordon not Godon.
      Any Gordon haters feel free to let loose


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