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I wish him all the best. I wonder if the ProTour being gone means that he will be eligible to ride at the highest levels.
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I think 2009 was the end of his supension anyway. He'll never race the Tour again or any other ASO event, and I doubt many of the classics will take a risk on him. We'll see...

In a lot of ways, I still want to believe in Floyd. Testosterone or not, that was one hell of a ride he pulled off on that stage, especially when you consider his hip was toast.
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In a lot of ways, I still want to believe in Floyd. Testosterone or not, that was one hell of a ride he pulled off on that stage, especially when you consider his hip was toast.
Yeah.

Wasn't there a stage in 2004 when LA gave him the go ahead to do the same thing, and he got caught?

EDIT: Stage 17, Bourg d'Oisans-Le Grand-Bornand. Caught by Kloden, Basso and Ullrich. Hmmm. Interesting.
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That sport just pisses me off. How many times can you f*** your fans over? I followed pretty closely for years. I've had it now.
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That sport just pisses me off. How many times can you f*** your fans over? I followed pretty closely for years. I've had it now.
I find that the lure of the sport is far, far bigger than any disgust.

YMMV.
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I find that the lure of the sport is far, far bigger than any disgust.
word.

my girlfriend gets this channel that only comes in once in awhile; sports-related stuff but, thank goodness, no baseball, basketball, football, etc.

have caught some track and field and, YAY, the deutschland tour and, last week, a crit. in pennsylvania. she (entirely non-athletic) could not figure out why i was so mesmerized by watching the peleton grind away or guys blasting lap after lap through city streets. i suppose she found the unchanging repetition (her perspective) deadly boring.

but she is genuinely curious (and picks things up quickly) and was interested when i tried to explain to her the team aspect, and how a particular rider is deemed to be the team leader, how a team will work for him, etc.

she's less impressed by the speeds they maintain for the distances they cover, and a cat. 1 climb means nothing to her, really, other than pointless suffering. of course, she can't relate.

but i love it. it kicks me in the ass. it reminds me i can do more, that recovery, if i'm suffering, is waiting down the road, just..get...there.

i want(ed) to believe in floyd, too, and i'll still replay that OTHER stage 17, though, yeah, now i view it a little differently, with a question rather than exclamation mark; and besides, even with the cheaters there are the non-cheaters. within the mess, there is still an untouchable element of purity. it's inspiring.

somewhat along those lines, a recently found object:

http://www.bcsportsbeat.ca/More/olym..._story_719.htm
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Will I watch an entire stage, especially one that is on a circuit? Not likely anymore. I generally pop in and out or just follow it through online reports, watching highlights or recaps to see the big moves. Just doesn't thrill me anymore to watch an entire race on TV. I watched more of this Tour than the last, but Floyd pretty much killed me. I'd rather be out riding, anyway.
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We're getting the Capital Criterium this weekend. Chris Vdv and JV should be in town.
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oes anyone else besides me hate it that Tyler Hamilton is our new US National Champion. It might seem weird that I support Floyd but not Landis, but I am 100% convinced that Tyler did dope. Not only do we have the tests and his A-sample test from Athens, but we have seen the bills from his doctor with his wife's signature on them. He still swears on the ashes of his beloved dog Tugboat that he didn't do it. I hope that when he dies Tugboat is there and bites him in the ass, conversely if he did not do it, then I invite his "missing twin" to punch me in the face when I die. I sincerely believe that Floyd was railroaded largely because the doping agencies wanted to get their pound of flesh. Sure Tyler has done his time and raced his heart out (winning from a 5-man break containing 3 Garmin's can't be easy), but the fact that he is still totally unrepentant really chafes me.
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I'm largely persuaded that remorse and repentance are not compatible with the mental attitude needed to win outright. The same attitude you accused Cadel of not having, that is.
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I don't want him to apologize. I just want him to admit it. David Millar did. The whole sport would be healthier for it.
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David Millar hasn't won big since. Virenque has, but only the measles jersey.
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somewhat along those lines, a recently found object:

http://www.bcsportsbeat.ca/More/olym..._story_719.htm
Great story
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