We have much to get through this week so let’s get pedalling!
First off, the talk of the weekend was the CycloCross World Championships, which were all run on one day as the Ohio River decided to flood the next. So there was mud. Mud all over, especially on new Champ Sven Nys. I thought I’d start with this picture because it really does sum up a lot about why we all love cycling.
Sometimes, athletes really do state the obvious. You know how you know Marianne Vos was the better rider? She won. But just in case that wasn’t clear, Katie Compton reminds us.
I mentioned the flooding, didn’t I? Well, Panache put out a cri de coeur and his prayer was answered.
Panache was all over the Twitterstream over the weekend and he and Velocentric had some top tips for getting that CycloCross kit whiter than whiter!
Next week, we’ll have a masterclass in folding napkins in the shape of swans!
We had one full frontal doping confession last week. That was not, however, from Johan Bruyneel, but he might have sent his familiar.
And this is what the mighty Samuel L Jackson said about it. (Okay, he might have been talking about someone else, but it fits! It fits!)
And once again, Panache makes it into the column with this little gem.
Chicken crosses the road
The full frontal doping confession I spoke of was, of course, that of Michael Rasmussen last week. For those who’ve just joined us, Rasmussen got chucked off the Tour in 2007 by his Rabobank team (the irony) while he was in the yellow jersey for lying about his whereabouts, something about Mexico and Italy and there might have been women involved. There certainly were doping products involved, as we found out Thursday.
He’s named names, he’s apparently working on a book about how doping worked and USADA are now involved as well, probably because of the names he named and the doping that worked.
The thing that was incredibly difficult to believe, however, was that he said he hasn’t doped for the past three years. Really? Just like that, you decide to stop? Could it be because of the UCI rule that anyone busted for/admitting to doping from 2011 cannot then move into any sort of management role in cycling? And Rasmussen, when he comes back from his ban, wants to do just that? Coincidence?
But it was good to see that, throughout it all, a few tweeters were able to put a cultural spin on the proceedings.
An honourable man
One of the goals of the year for me is to actually meet Marco Pinotti. Everything I’ve heard about him, the way he conducts himself, the way he engages fans makes me think that he is just one honourable man. And you can’t meet enough of those in your lifetime. Here’s another reason to love Marco:
Sky splits the stream again
There’s no two ways about it. Sky is one of the most polarising teams in the peloton at the moment. It seems you either love them or hate them. Either you believe they’re the dope or you believe they are Oxiclean. And it has just kicked off big time between the two journalists who were the driving forces behind the unmasking of Lance Armstrong, David Walsh and Paul Kimmage.
Remember back a few years ago, Paul Kimmage was given the same offer and then that offer was rescinded (check his timeline for the full story). This was Kimmage’s immediate response.
And a few pros/cons from the Twitterati
Tweets too good to get away
These are a bit random, but they were too good to leave on the desktop. First up, Jens even makes snow bend to his will…
A couple of pictures of That Boy Phinney – although I would not get into a helicopter if he had that look on his face …
More mud … Give me one of those sponge mitts, I’ll wash your face, Taylor!
The obligatory Cancellara tweets
Every week, people. Every week.
Spartacus makes a girl get inked …
I’m being taunted over here!
And as usual, Velocast is toying with me. First he offers the sweat of Spartacus for every subscription. I figured if I subscribed, like, a million times, I’d get a bucketload of Cancellara but it doesn’t look like Scott can guarantee this! What?!? False advertising!
And then he just started casting aspersions. Oh, and once I listen to the new Eurosport podcast, I suspect I owe Mr O’Raw lunch in Bruges, as I made a stupid-ass bet about vocabulary. Because I’m that rock’n’roll, I make bets about vocabulary! (He’ll get a waffle … ONE waffle.)
And to sum up
I will leave you with this picture of Heinrich Haussler by Chris Keiser. Why? Because like the opening picture of Sven Nys, this also epitomises why we love cycling. It’s beautiful, isn’t it?