The case of Operation Puerto took a new turn when the Spanish Court of Madrid passed a decision of destroying all the evidence and bags of blood that were used in the case. This has offended all the International anti-doping agencies and sports authorities and impelled them to raise their voice against the decision. The destruction of the blood bags would mean that they will not be available for testing. This will also eradicate the chances of finding out any association of the blood bags with any sportsman. World Anti-Doping Agency has already confirmed that they will file an appeal against the decision at a Spanish Criminal Court. The head of US Anti-doping agency also expressed his displeasure at the decision and called it as an “obvious setback”.
Various other sports authorities including the UCI, Spanish Prosecutor and Italian Olympic Committee have also joined hands with Wada to support the appeal. After the scandal of Lance Amstrong the authorities do not want to take any kind of chance again. Police had recovered these bags with plasma and frozen blood from the office of Dr. Eufemiano Fuentes. He used to provide services of doping to different sportsmen and run the doping ring. Not only cycling, he was earlier associated with tennis, soccer, athletics and boxing.
Eufemiano Fuentes was a former sportsman involved in athletics. In 1980 he stepped into the field of sports medicine and worked for field and track athletics in Spain. He entered the world of cycling in 1992 and worked with Spanish top teams like ONCE and Kelme. He was found involved in cycling scandal in 2005 and had to retire. In 2006, police got hold of 211 bags filled with frozen blood and plasma in a raid conducted at the office of Fuentes. The doctor finally got suspended for one year because he put the health of public in danger. The decision of this sentence was given on April 30, 2013.
RadioShack-Leopard’s Andy Schleck’s problems with the bike have already been documented and reported extensively in the past and the most recent one was Schleck’s withdrawal during the Tirreno-Adriatico.
In 2012, Schleck, the winner of 2010’s Tour de France, following a crash fractured his pelvis and was forced to sit out of world renowned event and he also missed the remaining season. In 2013, Schleck started in three races and has been able to complete only one of them. Luca Guercilena, Schleck’s team manager, while talking to the media, said that he hoped Schleck will seek psychological help for the issues that had stemmed from the crash that he suffered last year.
A politician from France, Pierre-Yves Leborgn, who is a well known for his love for Ardennes Classics , which he attends regularly, has said that he saw Schleck at a Munich airport hotel following his withdrawal from the Tirreno-Adriatico and he was drunk.
Talking about his encounter with the cyclist on his Facebook page, Pierre-Yves Leborgn said that he saw a guy trying to press the elevator buttons at the hotel and failing to do so. The politician said that he was able to recognize Schleck. Schleck the rider was still wearing his team jacket.
Leborgn said that he had an impression, that of witnessing a young drunk lad adrift and all by himself at night. Leborgn, later, helped Schleck and ensured that the rider reached his floor safely.
The politician’s post on Facebook resulted in all sorts of reaction and he later said that he was sorry for making the incident public.
Leborgn said, I sincerely apologize, especially to Andy Schleck. He went on to say that he had great respect and admiration for Schleck and Schleck’s riding career, especially his performance at the Tour de France and Ardennes, has enthralled excited him for many years.
With the prospective of becoming one among the grandest events to swoop into town ever, US Pro Cycling Challenge 2013 has reportedly announced to whiz through the Estes Park this August. The high profile bicycle race is scheduled to start from 19th of August, 2013, in Colorado.
As per the sources, the US Pro Cycling Tour would be starting off from Aspen and then would wheel into Estes Park at its penultimate level on 24th August, 2013. A prelim map has shown how the tour route climbs up to Glen Haven & then takes to Stanley Hotel prior to its plunge back down to Thompson Canyon.
According to the statement of Frank Lancaster, the Town Administrator, Estes Park has entered into the intergovernmental agreements along with some other communities. He is hopeful that the event would be highly exciting and that it carries the potential of being tagged as one among the grandest events ever hosted by the town. Lancaster even touted the Pro challenge tour as 2nd only to Tour de France, in consideration of attendance.
“We are into something different. We have come together with Fort Collins and Larimer County to provide the tour with one whole package, which it never ever had before”, stated Lancaster. He further stressed that the new concept has been loved by tour officials.
The US Pro Cycling Challenge would be proceeding from Ranch and then would pass on to 34, Glen Haven, Devil’s Gulch &Wonderview- through center of the Estes Park , Elkhorn, Murray’s Lake Highway 7-34/36, Masonville and finally to Fort Collins. The tour would be passing through Estes Park on the 6th day of the championship, prior to its finish lap in Denver.
The tour would be broadcasted live in around 124 countries.
Playing host for the latest USA 2013 Pro Cycling Tour could be an opportunity for huge income and broad global exposure for the Northern Colorado.
After the 2012 season went down the drain for Andy Schleck, with the onset disappointment in the year 2013, it seems as though luck has gone cross with the cycling prodigy from Luxembourg.
The expectation of watching him at high levels is now almost part of the history and doubts are whether he has enough time to get there again. Quite obvious from this, that Schelck is in a bad shape right now. According to the president of the Luxembourg cycling federation, Andy Schleck is not well-trained these days and has perhaps not taken care of his performances since winter.
Meanwhile, Alberto Contador, Christopher Froome and Joaquin Rodriguez have been in the blaze of glory with their astounding performances and wins at the tours at the start of season 2013 because of so many competitors getting better each day Andy Schelck has really fallen behind and this has already become a matter of great concern.
Hence he has to go for training camp in Mallorca instead of getting to compete in the Tour Haut Var this weekend. By the time this year’s tour de France sets in, Andy Schelck can find him back in the position he was expected to be. Even Ardennes classics is due to start in two months.
The cycling career of Andy Schleck has been facing drought since last year’s April when he could not complete a single stage race.
The president said, “Andy has a powerful engine, but it needs to be used and tested to its limits. If a top athlete’s muscles don’t get used, they fall asleep.” The main reason for such a hard time for Schelck is that he had suffered a sacrum injury during the Critérium du Dauphiné last June and since then he has not been able to pull up. But Regenwetter is still hopeful that things will take a good turn.
Although Alberto Contador had complained that Lance Armstrong had been able to dodge through the dope tests to fulfill his ambitions of the titles while many others were caught up, at times he feels that USADA has been a bit too harsh on the cyclist ace. This is what he had to say, “He is being humiliated and lynched, in my opinion. He is being destroyed.
At certain times and places Lance is not being treated with any respect.” He had raced alongside Armstrong and strongly feels that Lance Armstrong was not among those who will not be able to paddle an inch without a dope. He had materials in him and he was the one behind popularizing cycle race in USA and his contribution cannot be paralleled. He has also criticized USADA’s reports reliance that had testimonies from Lance’s former team mates and officials trying to mean that all of them may not be true. He advocates more new tests to be done by USADA and not just go on squeezing the lemon about Lance and demeaning him in every way possible.
As is known from past records, Alberto Contador was also held for testing positive for clenbuterol after the 2010 victory and was shoved aside for two years. Before that, he has had his best time winning Tours in 2007, and 2009. So he can well understand the pain Lance is going through. He also has the British cyclist Roger Hammond by his side to speak for the ‘unnecessary’ injustice and humiliation being imposed on Armstrong.
Alberto Contador has made his comeback with style at the Vuelta a Espana this year that has made him the favorite for the 100th edition of the Tour de France in the year 2013.
Team BMC star Cadel Evans has been suffering from a virus that has already seen him cut his season short in order to give himself time to recover and the Australian will undergo a blood test later in the week to ascertain what his status is at the moment and whether he will be able to start his training schedule for the winter at the normal time.
The former Tour de France winner had to cut his season short in early September while competing in the USA Pro Cycling Challenge in Colorado and tests revealed afterwards that he had been suffering from a virus attack.
The veteran Australian racer is planning to return to training as soon as possible, hopefully in the coming weeks but only after he has been given the all clear to train by the specialists in Milan. The head medic of Team BMC Dr. Max Testa said in a statement that the team will sit down with Evans after his results are revealed and only then can a decision be reached regarding his schedule.
He also admitted that the plan, still, is to maintain the winter training schedule that was discussed with the members of the team before and that there is absolutely no reason to think that there will be a change in his training program for next year. The Australian looked extremely spent as he failed to defend his Tour de France title earlier in the year.
Although the Aussie did manage to take part in the road race of the Olympic Games in late July, he had to pull out of the time trial events before pulling out from the US event as well as the UCI Road World Championship to give himself time to recover from the bout of virus in due time for next year.
With American cyclist Lance Armstrong being stripped of all his seven Tour de France titles as well as all the records and prizes that he has held over the years after being sanctioned by the US Anti Doping Agency, Australian cyclist Cadel Evans may now be seen as the ‘moral’ winner or at least the runner-up of the 2005 edition of the Tour de France.
Although Evans finished the 2005 edition of the Tour de France, all the seven cyclists in front of him have been banned, investigated or sanctioned for doping offences at some point in their careers.
However, it will not be considered as official as none of the cyclists tested positive for the use of banned substance during that particular edition of the Tour de France itself. Armstrong made it clear in a statement that he will not be seeking arbitration against the charges of doping brought against him by the US Anti Doping Agency and a statement from the agency has already confirmed that all his titles have been stripped and he has been banned for life.
And although the Australian Cadel Evans has not been available for comment, it can be stated clearly that for a cyclist who went about his job with his head down, it may be considered as a justified and moral victory for the 35 year old veteran. Evans came close to winning the Tour de France on a couple of occasions after the 2005 edition, but he failed to succeed before finally securing the title last year in 2011.
With the world of professional cycling courting regular controversies with doping allegations, a moral victory for Cadel Evans, one of the cleanest athletes the sport has ever seen might be seen as a victory for the sport and the fans overall too.
There was a whole lot of circularity regarding the retirement of one of the hard men of Cycling – our very own Robbie McEwen.
McEwen elected Tour of California’s final stage as swan song, along with the GreenEDGE team dubbing the level starting from sunrise to sunset.
The finish was quite a routine along with one of the greatest sprinters in the world failing to stay in contention. Still, the last seventeen years had been awesome. When there are several spotlights, he will be recalled for his upshot in the Tour de France, cycling’s tour of tours.
He contended twelve times for twelve level wins as well as 3 green sprinter’s jerseys. He keeps prestigious company in esteemed of his combine stage victories (12), a list that includes not only the partner Zabel but also Mario Cipollini, Gino Bartali, as well as Miguel Indurain, the legendary Spaniard.
It is quite impossible to equate GC riders along with sprinters, but this is quite fair to tell that, behind Evans, Robbie McEwen is the spectacular rider in the Australian cycling era recently. Both of them came from the BMX as well as have donned the jersey of the leader in their own respective classes in Paris.
Just like Evans, Robbie McEwen was the groundbreaker – the very first Australian bike rider to take the green jersey. You simply cannot get more than this in this game.
Robbie acquired more than these numbers, he got what every rider’s expectations for – to be recalled at the same time as one of this game’s hardest contenders, an innately belligerent sprinter.
As an evaluation of this year ’s season, the comment of one of our visitors :
“I was really surprised to see that in the middle of the city there are so many alternative options to the established economic and politique system.
N”ormally when I hear about ecology I feel either guilty because I am a consumer who contributes also to this system or helpless because I feel I can do nothing to stop this. When I saw how people handle to live in respectful or sustainable way, I felt really relieved and confident.
“It made me want to do something also even in a small scale. Now I know it won’t be an isolated action, there are A LOT of people who are right now also concerned on ecology and sustainable developement and their are working on it”
Kathy Contreras Manzanilla
The “Green City Tour” is a guided tour in Berlin, by bicycle and in English, that is focusing on initiatives towards sustainability.
We’ll cycle a route which takes you by buildings with ecological installation, sustainable clothing stores, an intercultural market, alternative housing communities, organic restaurants and shops, an urban farm, a do-it-yourself workshop. Issues like transport and urban activism will also be talked about.