The Week That Was
It was another jam-packed week with the cyclo-cross world championships, delays in the Contador case and of course Twitter.
sake of the argument, let's say the UCI actually does what they claim they will do. There is no way that Kimmage can lose as he has either expressed facts or expressed an opinion about the quality of work the UCI does. If he claimed that the UCI is a cover for aliens and McQuaid is the Supreme Leader of the Martians, and he beats puppies, then yeah, you can get sued for that.
But here's something that can make you wonder why McQuaid, Verbruggen and the UCI have waited until now to sue. I believe it's because Kimmage doesn't work at a newspaper anymore. At a newspaper there is a legal department ready to back up their staff. However, as a private citizen, he has to hire his own legal defense, and that's an expensive proposition.
Like I said, I think this is all public relations maneuvering, nothing will come of it and the UCI will continue to look like fumbling bureaucrats. Public response was scathing and even David Millar, who has been skewered by the press, commented on Twitter, "BE WARNED: If I find you annoying, I'm going to sue the shit out of you. Especially if you're a journalist. That's how I roll. UCI you rock."
Speaking of Twitter, what's going on with Lance Armstrong? The other week he blindsides a bike tech journalist with an odd attack on Twitter, makes a cryptic tweet about another journalist and then personally attacks Kimmage on the micro-blogging site. Then just the other day he gets into it again with a well-known bike journalist. It's like he thinks no one is watching him make these terrible public relation blunders.
I'm not sure where Armstrong's handlers are, but they need to tell him to step away from the Twitter and enjoy a Michelob Ultra out on the veranda. Oh, also he should stop using the "Juan Pelota" twitter handle - it just looks silly. Look who also had an alter ego - Garth Brooks! Eventually even he stopped using that as it turned out to be a complete failure. Don't be like Garth.
And what week wouldn't be complete without another delay from the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) regarding the Alberto Contador decision. This continual delay has become the punchline in every joke about what is wrong with the sport. This time CAS swears that they will have a ruling by next week! I've heard that song and dance before, so I'm beyond believing when they may or may not reveal their ruling, but I do continue to feel confident that Contador will escape any kind of ban. My reason? While it will look bad for about 36 hours that Contador escaped any type of punishment, the long term slap to the face if he really is banned and his 2010 Tour de France title taken away, is another Tour de France has to be stripped from the record books. That will scare away potential sponsors and further ruin the sport's reputation.
While this sounds very dire, there is a bright