The Tides of Time

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09/18/2012| 0 comments
by Neil Browne
If you're waiting for a neat conclusion to the doping scandal you're out of luck Fotoreporter Sirotti

The Tides of Time

If you're waiting for a neat conclusion to the doping scandal you're out of luck.

famous, and Honey Stinger (of which Armstrong owns a piece) needs him to keep on promoting its products.' I have to agree. Big or small companies are still able to cash in on this “iconic” status. As they continue to do so he'll continue to get paid.

So my point is that we're going to have to take a deep breath and let it go. We are not going to have a moment when these guys admit to anything. They are going to fade away and let the tides of time wash over the details. They know, at the end of the day, the only thing the public is going to remember is Armstrong lost his yellow shirts or something yellow, because he cheated. And he dated an Olsen twin.

So while I continue to take deep breaths and let go the dream where all the rights in the world are corrected, I've got the ongoing world championships to enjoy. In addition there's the biggest American bike show that has just kicked off in Las Vegas - Interbike 2012.

First let’s talk worlds. The team time trial was this past Saturday and it was the Omega Pharma-Quick Step team beating out the other trade teams for the top honor. Yes, I said trade team. As you know national teams contest the world championships. However, the UCI allowed trade teams to battle it out for the TTT. A descent enough idea as the cycling aficionado appreciates the delicate dance between the six riders as they rotate seamlessly in unison. One second of inattention and the entire squad can smack the pavement with a thud.

After the race was done UCI President Pat McQuaid told “It’s an event that will grow in importance and strength in the coming years.”

I think that’s correct, but still some details need to be worked out. One detail is that there will be some sort of emblem on the team kit that designates the squad won the event. The odd loophole in the rule is that if the entire winning squad transfers to different teams their original team retains the award of world champion. I’m guessing that indeed this new event will take some fine tuning.

The downside to the world championships is that the best riders are often not motivated to continue racing. They’ve had a long season and injuries tend to catch up with them. Regardless we’ve had some deserving winners like Mark Cavendish. While not having the Tour de France he would have liked, he did win three stages, so at least he has that. My money is on that by the end of the month we’re going to hear that Cav is leaving Team Sky for a team with the same goals as his. I’m saying it once and owning it, he’ll be with the new team time trial champions Omega Pharma-Quick Step.

Last year I had a fairly strong suspicion that Cavendish was going to win. This year I really don’t have a clue. Maybe a Spaniard? They seem to have some

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