Pat McQuaid - Bounty Hunter
McQuaid is in the States on "vacation" - but is that the only reason?
Other than teams folding the other big news is the ongoing doping dramas that continue to drag. And we have quite a few to choose from. There are two riders from Canada that were recently popped. We had Joe Papp, the man who many consider Ground-Zero for doping, handed an eight-year suspension (reduced for his cooperation). Papp is thought to be the one who implicated French rider Jeannie Longo, as well as a few American riders. It turns out while he was giving testimony at the Floyd Landis doping case back in 2007, Papp was still peddling it to fellow bike riders. But hey, a guy still has to make a living, right?
2007 is ancient history, but going back even further in the annals of cycling history is 1997 Tour de France winner Jan Ullrich. Remember him? Like a rash that won't go away, Ullrich's doping case has been dragged out since 2006 and once again the Court of Arbitration for Sport has delayed making a ruling until November 30th. For those keeping score at home, that's five years we've been waiting for a conclusion regarding the German's involvement in Operation Puerto!
Speaking of the slow wheels of justice being turned - there was quite the media splash about Floyd Landis' computer hacking case finally seeing the light of day. French authorities are accusing Landis of hiring a hacking hit squad to infiltrate the Chatenay-Malabry lab where the drug testing took place. In a letter to judge Isabelle Prevost-Desprez, who is presiding over his case, Landis wrote, "Several years ago, during the case against me for doping in the 2006 Tour de France, I received a package from an anonymous sender containing what appeared to be documents from the LNDD lab. To this day I do not know who mailed them, how they were acquired, or why." He goes on to state, "At no time did I commission a person or organization to acquire through devious means or, or for that matter any other means, anything from the LNDD lab or anyone else."
To make this all the more interesting Landis claims that he has never been officially summoned by French authorities.
"I have never been contacted by your court or any other French court to notify me of what are the charges or for any other reason."
We know that Floyd is here in the States. I also know that Jan Ullrich will also be in the States shortly to participate in a Miami gran fondo. My sources also say that UCI president Pat McQuaid is Stateside on "vacation." Coincidence? I think not.
There can be only one reason that McQuaid is lurking around these United States - he's had enough of the slow European style of justice and he's here to enact his own "street justice." I can see the portly Irishman holed up in a hotel room right now surrounded by fellow UCI officials who have had enough and are plotting their next move. I know a little something about stalking human prey and the smart money is