Thursday, May 17, 2007

And the last shall be first

Danilo Di Luca, a former Tour de France Lanterne Rouge, is still leading the Giro d'Italia. Robert Forster, Gerolsteiner rider who finished 151st of 155 riders completing the 2005 Tour de France, was successful in earning another stage win at the Giro today. Congratulations to them both!

I've been trying to ignore the pro cycling doping news and scandals for the most part on this blog, because the Lanternes Rouges tend not to be the targets of these investigations, but I have been following the cases closely.

I've been riveted by the ongoing blogging from the Landis-USADA hearings at Pepperdine at Trust But Verify. Well done, fellow bloggers! Just a few short years ago this kind of up-to-the-minute, blow-by-blow coverage and analysis wouldn't have been available to the general public - and certainly never before in a hearing for an athlete accused of doping!

Tyler Hamilton put up his first statement today about not riding in the '07 Giro. It left me feeling like it was a fairly evasive statement, mostly concerned with his dental work, but at least for once he didn't protest his innocence.

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