Tour de France Round Up
The pavement of the Champs-Élysées didn't get a chance to cool down before the rumors and revelations started.
team in 2014, and it’s reported that the Schlecks are aboard with their salary cut to a third of what it once was. There’s a new leader on the team and it’s Fabian Cancellara. He brought the sexy back to the Spring Classics for Trek and deserves the promotion. The Schlecks? Not so much...
Wiggo is in the same boat. Sure, not as drastic, but 2012 was so long ago. What has Wiggins done for Sky lately? His four-year contract is about to run out, but where does he go? Froome has said he wants to stay in the stylishly retro Merino wool gear of Team Sky. Wiggins will be faced with a choice: play second lieutenant to Froome or go to another squad that can afford him. Remember teammate Porte has shown he’s a capable winner too, so Wiggins hasn’t got a lot of leverage. You can’t swing a Pinarello Dogma over your head in a Sky team training camp without hitting a possible grand tour or one-day race winner.
The Tour de France is done and we have a new Sky Overlord. Froome is a stable choice when it comes to the over running riches that face team principal Dave Brailsford. Perhaps Wiggins will prove me wrong and transfer to Trek? Wiggins to Team BMC Racing?
Speaking of BMC the fallout from their terrible Tour de France has begun.
In a team press release BMC director John Lelangue left the team “for personal reasons – effective immediately.” Those “personal reasons” were the team that contains so many superstar riders with superstar contracts came away with nothing in the world’s biggest race.
Also the Mantova doping trial is set to go forward and Alessandro Ballan is one of those who could go on trial for doping. Ballan was riding for Lampre at the time, not BMC. However, someone needs to take the blame for bringing a guy onto the roster who has a dodgy past.
I hope Lelangue at least had a chance to return to the BMC Service Course and clean out his locker or were the locks already changed when he got there?
The other fallout is the scheduled release of 44 positive doping results from the 1998 Tour de France. The French senate postponed publishing the names of those who didn’t calculate their glow-times correctly during the Tour. Some notable riders who participated in that edition of Le Tour and are still racing include Stuart O’Grady and Jens Voigt. The list drops this Wednesday and is sure to shoot to the top of the charts.
NEWS FLASH – In another “effective immediately”-themed team press release O’Grady states he is retiring. This is surprising as this past June his team press released an O’Grady statement saying he was continuing for another year. A month later that has changed.
There are others from that Tour, nicknamed the Tour du Dopage, who have already retired under the cloud of doping, not counting the entire Festina team: Jan Ullrich, Bobby Julich, Erik Zabel, George Hincapie, and Marco Pantani. The complete list of