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Grand Prix Adrie van der Poel, Hoogerheide 2016
UCI CX World Cup
  • ceedee

    Tiernan-Locke shouldn’t complain. At least the UK has grading system, unlike another country I can think of.

    • jules

      he may have a point about destroying lower category riders. mind you he needs to do that first

      • Andy B

        hes lucky to have a licence at all, surely if hes going to be so strong he can earn his way back to the top pretty quickly

        • jules

          agree. he can do the hard yards and get it back clean

          • Pete

            Disagree. Why give him a licence at all. Reject all cheats at all times.
            There are thousands of racing cyclists waiting to take their places.

        • Robert Merkel

          Yeah, but it’s going to be annoying to the Cat 2 riders who have their races disrupted repeatedly while he blows them away (assuming he does).

          The trouble with simple grading systems that force your to “earn your way up” is that they make no allowance for the manner of a win. A rider who beats an actively chasing field home by minutes should be promoted immediately IMO.

          • Dave

            4am calls from UKAD on the morning of every race he enters could help even up things a little in the disruption stakes.

            • jules

              maybe keep taking blood samples until his haematocrit is < 40% ;)

              • Dave

                Good idea! He should be allowed to take whatever PEDs he wants if he’s going to have a third of his blood drained before the start of each race.

              • Dave

                Good idea! He should be allowed to take whatever PEDs he wants if he’s going to have a third of his blood drained before the start of each race.

    • Michele

      They should also remind him, that he was using PEDs when considered an “Elite”.

      Sans drugs he might just be average ?

      • jules

        I guess that’s the point they’re making to him.

    • 42x16ss

      So guys like Millar can come straight back to the highest level but Tiernan Locke can’t? He’s done his time.

      • jules

        I don’t think it prevents him from racing at a high level – I think he can still get elite rides via joining an elite team, which is probably why Millar came straight back.

    • 42x16ss

      So guys like Millar can come straight back to the highest level but Tiernan Locke can’t? He’s done his time.

    • Albert

      Any excuse to trot out that picture of JTL looking forlorn into the distance …

  • Michele

    My favourite banner image for the year thus far.

  • Gavin Adkins

    So JTL rode a world champs in his country’s colours doped (or still hungover according to his version – either is completely disrespectful), and then proceeds to mouth off to the media about how he expects British cycling to do him a favour with his comeback? What an incorrigible prat.

    • Dave

      I would not blame British Cycling if they went out of their way to find some other flimsy pretext to give him another ban. He’d better do a very good job of toeing the line in every little thing.

  • Roger That

    Chad Haga’s piece is a wonderful ode to the power of positive thinking. Also, thanks for the heads-up on the UCI Facebook page. I thought Brian Cookson had just approved twerking as a new cycling-related sport. (It is in my house).

    • Andy Logan

      Can relate to Haga, last year I was in a similar position, I think I wallowed in self pity for a day or two in hospital and then made the decision I was lucky to be alive and got on with things, no point in looking behind, just forward, forward forward imo!

  • RayG

    I’d be more concerned about having my race “turned on its head” by an ex-doper.

    • Dave

      With the amount that JTL claimed he was drinking before representing Great Britain, the race probably was turned on its head!

  • RayG

    The race commissaires didn’t/couldn’t enforce the previous level crossing rule. Why do I think that won’t change?

    • Michele

      Thinking the same thing.

      If we get a repeat incident in this year’s Roubaix, I just can’t see commissaries kicking riders off the race before the finish line. In their defence I think it would be too difficult a task to identify every rider.

      And then what happens if it’s found out the top 15-20 riders all broke the rules? Will they give it to 16th / 21st place?

      And then what happens if the revised winner had 3-4 team-mates assist him and they had all cheated?

      Either way, the race result becomes compromised.

      Maybe French police can be stationed at each crossing and they can simply Taser any riders who break the rules.

      • Dave

        A simple sideline camera (as used for the definitive results of sprints, climbs and finishes) should be more than enough to detect every rider.

        It would be far simpler to just identify the teams involved, and tell them over radio that the whole team will be disqualified if they don’t identify the naughty riders immediately.

        • jules

          GPS tracking of riders would do the trick. in fact it’s already done.

          • Dave

            Normal timing transponders would be even easier, and less subject to refresh rate issues.

  • Allan Van

    Regarding the cadence storey, two top Aussie sprinters ( sorry can’t recall their names) in the 90’s had a race and one did 255 and the other 256 revs in a minute.

    • Insane numbers.

    • jules

      the neuromuscular coordination and legspeed needed to ride that cadence is mind blowing.

    • Matt DeMaere

      Pretty sure one of those was Gary Neiwand.

  • Michele

    I mean this nicely, but I’m pretty sure Baden is happy Horner is one of his clients.

    I think if Chris didn’t exist, we’d never hear from Cookie.

    • Chris

      How exactly do you mean that nicely?

      • Michele

        Because:

        I’m pretty sure Baden would be busy as a rider agent, and I’m hoping it’s a profitable venture for him.

        But unfortunately the only time I hear Cooke’s name now days is in connection with Horner getting another contract.

        That said, Horner might be a good thing for Cookie – it gives him a bit of free publicity. After all, I can only think of 4 rider agents names off the top if my head (not that I pay close attention), and Baden is one of them.

        • Baden, is involved with Factor bikes, and the same company, for Black wheels.
          Riders agent, isn’t his sole employment.

          • Dave

            Sole job ? sole source of publicity.

    • Chris

      How exactly do you mean that nicely?

  • Steve

    Really enjoyed the garry millburn interview!

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