Troubles in Cycling Paradise

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12/6/2011| 0 comments
by Neil Browne
The computer hacking in cycling has become an epidemic. Photo Fotoreporter Sirotti.
The computer hacking in cycling has become an epidemic. Photo Fotoreporter Sirotti.

Troubles in Cycling Paradise

The computer hacking in cycling has become an epidemic.

that they will slip into cyberspace undetected.

Not so undetected was the UCI's three sentence press release announcing the last two teams given WorldTour licenses: GreenEdge and RadioShack-Nissan. You might remember that there was some drama regarding Johan Bruyneel's paperwork for his newly merged RadioShack-Nissan-Leopard-Trek squad. It seems that Bruyneel had been all in favor of a new cycling league, which would have wrestled power away from the UCI. That irritated the sport's governing body to no end and you know the expression - payback is a bitch!

So with the Rothschild proposal dead and dreams of revenue sharing dropped, Boss Hogg had to file his paperwork with the UCI and to hardly anyone's surprise it was rejected. So going back to the drawing board and perhaps a few conference calls later team RadioShack-Nissan was granted one of the final WorldTour licenses. Looks like Leopard-Trek didn't make the cut and the "O" that was smack dab in the middle of the back of their bib shorts making it look like a cat's butt is forever gone. Maybe it will be replaced by a large capital "N" in a Times New Roman font. That would look nice...

In a move that smacks of excessive kissing up, Bruyneel tweeted, "We got the team registered. #SoHonoured." Really? Bruyneel tried to stick it to the UCI, failed. Tried to register his team and failed again. Then finally after being made to eat humble pie and he's "honored"? Maybe it's a Belgian thing and they're "honored" when someone smacks them down like an annoying gnat. Me? I'd be upset. But I guess when the anger finally subsided Bruyneel realized that he needed to play ball with the powers that be and sending out a nice tweet would be a way to extend an olive branch. I also recommend a nice fruit basket. Everyone loves fresh fruit and it finally acknowledges that there is an uneasy détente - at least for now.

One last news item that caught my eye was the interview of WADA director general David Howman. In the interview with Cyclingnews, Howman says that Floyd Landis might have been correct in his statement that the UCI protected some riders in the professional peloton.

"Remember, that was all before the [WADA] code so there wasn't the same monitoring. The second thing is, there are lots of things that are possible that might not happen. But if you looked at the whole process now I could find ways and means myself of trying to beat it," said Howman.

So I wonder, how much longer do you think Landis' introduction as "disgraced" will be part of his introduction? I have a feeling in a few more months that adjective will be a label of the past.

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