11 July, 2008

Beltran ARRESTED after positive drug test

        That the police are involved in dope-testing is an underreported aspect of France's effort to limit drugs in sport.  Going to jail for doping seems like a pretty big incentive not to dope in France.  And then there's that whole screwing your teammates and sponsors matter.  Liquigas has been in the sport too long to be scared off by the positive, but Cannondale can probably walk away and put their bikes under just about any team they want.   

Spaniard Beltran tests positive on Tour de France
guardian.co.uk - UK
By Julien Pretot AURILLAC, France, July 11 (Reuters) - Spaniard Manuel
Beltran of the Liquigas team has tested positive on the Tour de France, ...

Team Telekom Totalled the Tour for "Portnoy"

An English-language German newspaper has a correspondent "Portnoy" who complains that Team Telekon ruined the Tour for him. 

How Team Telekom totalled the Tour de France
The Local - Hamburg - Hamburg,Germany
This is the first July in more than a decade that I haven't watched
nearly every stage of the Tour de France. It was a perk of living in
Germany and working ...

Local Boy Rides Tour and Reports for Hometown Paper

The hometown paper is the Chicago Tribune and the local boy is Christian Vande Velde.

Tour de France diary: Stage 6 a blur Š but in a good way
Chicago Tribune - United States
By Christian Vandevelde | Special to the Tribune SUPER-BESSE, France -
Lemont cyclist Christian Vandevelde moved up to fourth place in the Tour de
France ...