Gotta love cycling! - thebrucie — LiveJournal
Jul. 26th, 2007
12:11 pm - Gotta love cycling!
From Espn's Jim Caple:
"Meanwhile in real Tour news, with no rider apparently capable of preventing Michael Rasmussen from winning the event, the race leader abruptly was kicked off his Rabobank team Wednesday. So if you're scoring at home …
The leader of the 2007 Tour has been thrown out of the race.
The winner of the 2006 Tour, Floyd Landis, tested positive for performance enhancers and is awaiting an arbitration decision on his case.
The winner of the 1999-2005 Tours, Lance Armstrong, never tested positive but a recently published book nonetheless claims he took performance enhancers (an allegation Armstrong vehemently and litigiously denies).
The winner of the 1998 Tour, Marco Pantani, is dead of a cocaine overdose.
The winner of the 1997 Tour, Jan Ullrich, retired this year after being banned from last year's race in the Operacion Puerto doping scandal.
The winner of the 1996 Tour, Bjarne Riis, recently confessed that he won the race while on EPO and other performance enhancers.
That about covers it ... wait, no, almost forgot. The pre-race favorite to win this year's Tour, Alexandre Vinokourov, was kicked out of the competition Tuesday after testing positive for blood doping.Other than that, the Tour is in fine shape. "