Skip to comments.Tour de France - Rest day 2 - July 24
Posted on 07/24/2007 1:35:20 AM PDT by Aeronaut
Rest day today.
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“Versus” TV coverage:
Rest Day: Tuesday, July 24, 2007 - Foix to Loudenville - Le Louron
8:30am to 11:30am: Re-air of Stage 15 Coverage
12:00pm to 2:00pm: Re-air of Stage 15 Coverage
2:30pm to 4:30pm: Re-air of Stage 15 Coverage
5:00pm to 7:00pm: Re-air of Stage 15 Coverage
8:00pm to 10:30pm: Tour Recap Special
12:00am to 2:30am: Tour Recap Special
Vino’s ride yesterday was one of the finest things I’ve ever seen in sport, plus Sherwin’s commentary about the howling crowd on the mountaintop proving the media’s claim that “cycling is dead”.
I admire these riders more than any atheletes in any other sport. Their training and conditioning is just unbelievable. I hope the “doping” thing goes away. It is too good a sport to be ruined as many other sports have been by drugs.
That's sooo why I love the Tour. Like a novel, it can open each year with no real favorite & a cast of unknowns, but somewhere during the three grueling weeks as the narrative progresses on those mountains, at least a couple of these guys always manage to emerge from the peloton & capture our imagination by showing us some real heart & true spirit.
When are the allegations going to begin over Vino doing so poorly on Stage 14 and then coming back to win Stage 15 decisively ala Floyd Landis last year?
Exactly my thoughts. Vino did the same thing as Landis did last year.
After Landis’s test(s) (?) showed up positive there were all those people who claimed that it was impossible for a rider to recuperate so quickly without using some kind of doping. I don’t think the history of the Tour gives them right, but that’s what was said at the time.
So, now what?
His face is so tight and stern, you can't tell if he's emotional or not.
What's the rumor about a new American team? anybody know?
You’re not gonna like this...
“The Tour de France was rocked by news that Astana’s battered team leader, Alexandre Vinokourov, tested positive for a homologous blood transfusion after Saturday’s time trial in Albi. L’Equipe reported on Tuesday afternoon that the Kazakh’s blood had shown evidence of a transfusion from another person with a compatible blood type in an analysis done in the Châtenay-Malabry laboratory...
Upon receiving the news, the Astana team suspended Vinokourov and quit the Tour de France...”
It is dated for tomorrow, but I’ve seen that before in Cylcingnews.com.
This just bites.
and others news stories via Google
That’s awful; just like Landis last year, same thing with the bad day then the recoupment the following day finishing far ahead of the field with amazing energy. I hopeits not true.
The thing is, that’s not all that uncommon in endurance sports like cycling. Bad days can have lots of causes and if the cause is addressed, a very good day can follow. I’ve seen it in my own cycling. Tho’ for a cyclist of my level of ‘ability’, one of my good days would be one of their very bad ones...
I hope it’s not true also. The test has only been around since 2004 - same one that got Tyler Hamilton suspended.
Vino failing a drug test on top of Yellow Jersey Rasmussen being banned from the OLympics next year are just piling on the problems.
I think it may be coming to a point where the ICU pulls the plug completely for a year or two, and tells all the teams to clean up and come back clean when we start competitions back up.
Team Astana just pulled out of the Tour a few minutes ago in reaction to the Vino news. I will give the Tour credit, however; THEY TAKE ACTION. Otherwsie, you have to “savor” Barry Bonds’ “breaking” Hank Aaron’s MLB record with apparently no input from the Commissioner; the NFL still trying to determine if Michael Vick should be suspended; and what can I say about the NBA?
They might as well. How much more can the fans take?
It’s a joke.