A mixed bag of cycling news

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10/8/2012| 1 comment
by Neil Browne
Jonathan Vaughters is about to get his own TV show Fotoreporter Sirotti

A mixed bag of cycling news

So much news, so little time. It's the end of the season, but that doesn't mean that the news stops.

the Versus channel, fishing programs received far better ratings. So I have an idea. I propose we combine fishing and cycling!

As you might have seen on Twitter, Team Garmin-Sharp CEO Jonathan Vaughters posted photos of pikes he'd caught on the morning of his wedding day. Vaughters gets his own show - “Fishing with Vaughters” or maybe name it to reflect the demographics, “Fish'n with Vaughters.”

The premise of the show is Vaughters takes a cycling pro fishing. The boat, as well as the guest and Vaughters, are mic'd. There's a cooler of alcoholic beverages (excellent product placement opportunity! “This episode of 'Fishing with Vaughters' is brought to you by XYZ Beer”). From firsthand experience I know pro cyclists are light-weights. Get a couple of beers in them and who knows what they might talk about! I'm not talking about lame doping admissions - I'm talking about juicy rumors like, who's the biggest diva, who stinks up the team bus' toilet and WAG stories. If this idea gets approved I expect to be given a producer credit or at least made a consultant.

You hired who?
This time of year the music chairs start in rider transfers. One management change I saw that was disappointing was Katusha ousting Hans-Michael Holczer last Friday and hiring Viatcheslav Ekimov as general manager of the team. Eki was part of the Postal Team squad during Armstrong's Tour de France wins that have now been stripped. It's an odd decision to install him into a position of team leadership considering Eki has more baggage than a luggage carousel at LAX.

The other management change in related to the recently retired Alexandre Vinokourov. The Olympic road race winner has taken a management position at Astana. Vino has been sanctioned and has come back, never admitting his guilt, always stating his innocence. That has rubbed a lot of people the wrong way. To place him in a position of leadership is a mistake.

The sport of cycling is at a crossroads. It can be cleaned up, which I think is the direction it is headed in now, or it can fall back into omertà by the hiring of shady ex-riders and putting them in management positions.

Bombs away
On that note, the USADA report is dropping this week like an atomic bomb and if the speculation is correct with as much devastation. Disgraced professional cyclist Lance Armstrong has his public relations turned up a notch for the upcoming public relations disaster. He was interviewed and said that people need to let the past go and move on. This is a curious statement considering he hired lobbyists to head to Capitol Hill for the purpose of questioning the legitimacy of USADA. Armstrong is clearly not willing to let it go either.

It's been reported that some of Armstrong's closest cycling confidants gave it up before the grand jury and repeated the same story to USADA. In my opinion, by the end of this week there will be another nail in the Armstrong legacy coffin.

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I am not sure I see the need for his writing a column at all.