The Week That Was...

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06/23/2004| 0 comments
by Ian Melvin

The Week That Was...

Ian comments on the happenings in the world of cycling.

Earlier last week at a press conference held in <?xml:namespace prefix = st1 ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:smarttags" /?>
Washington DC, the future of the US Postal Professional Cycling team Presented by Berry Floors was announced.  Beginning in 2005, the team will be known as the Discovery Channel Pro Cycling Team.  Discovery Communications have signed a three-year deal with the team headed by American, Lance Armstrong.  As part of the deal Armstrong will ride the Tour de France in 2005 and possibly continue into 2006.  ?I just didn?t want to go away, I still love what I do, I still love the bike,? enthused Armstrong at the Press Conference with his new partner, the singer Sheryl Crow.  ?I had many, many nights where I thought, well, what if we don?t find a partner?  Do you want to retire, Lance?  I didn?t, I don?t want to retire.  I?m glad I?ll be back for at least a year, maybe two.? <?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office" /?>


Obviously relieved to have helped secure his team?s immediate financial future, Armstrong now has to turn his focus back to the up coming Tour de France whilst still blocking out the on-going media hype surrounding the new book published about him, L.A. Confidential.  One of the book?s authors, Englishman David Walsh explained in an interview with the International Herald Tribune that, ?It?s all circumstantial evidence.  We don?t actually prove anything.  We just set about the facts and let the reader decide for himself who?s telling the truth.?   Walsh continued, ?But we do give names for every accusation.?   So what?s the purpose of this book?  To publish a list of alleged ?rumors? without having ANY proof that Armstrong has in fact taken any kind of performance enhancing drug. In how many more dope controls must he produce a negative result before certain people will believe?  Is this book really about anything other that making David Walsh and his co-author a lot of money whilst doing their up most to disrupt Armstrong?s challenge for a sixth tour victory? Personally, I think I?ll let the reader decide who?s telling the truth. And what of the people who are telling the stories such as Armstrong?s former team mate Stephen Swart and Soigneur, Emma O?Reilly.  What do they stand to gain from such admissions?  We have contacted David Walsh through the Sunday Times but have received no reply from the author to our invitation for him to answer some questions about the book.


After a non-too successful early season, German star and Tour rival Jan Ullrich appears to be bringing himself into top condition just in time to go head-to-head with Armstrong this July.  Ullrich?s coach and advisor Rudy Pevenage explained that, "there were moments when I was pretty worried.  For example, in the beginning of April, we had set the Fl?che Wallonne and Li?ge-Bastogne-Li?ge as races to show that everything was going well.  But everything wasn't going well. You had to be blind not to see that Jan was still too heavy.?   Pevenage continued to explain that, ?he too was upset, because he was putting in the kilometers but he wasn't seeing


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