News roundup on Di Luca, doping and lying

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06/3/2013| 0 comments
by Neil Browne
Pat McQuaid is busy with his public relations campaign at this week's Dauphine Libere race leading up to the UCI president elections later this year Fotoreporter Sirotti

News roundup on Di Luca, doping and lying

Doping and sucking up to Armstrong - Just don’t do it!

with the stock answer from management, “We had no idea what was going on with those riders. They were acting independently from the squad. We know nothing.” Heads need to roll on the Italian squad.

What irritates me is that the pros are now publicly tweeting that Di Luca and Santambrogio are “dicks.” Where was this outrage against bigger names like Lance Armstrong, Alberto Contador, or Frank Schleck?

Speaking of Armstrong. The now disgraced rider has been reaching out to select people in the media - mostly to those who weren’t so anti Team Armstrong. Those journalists and bloggers Armstrong has spoken to have announced that they have spoken to Lance - about what I have no idea. A couple of people have asked me if I want to talk to him and it was even floated to Armstrong on Twitter that he should contact me. To be honest, unlike those who are willing to listen to him, I want nothing to do with Armstrong.

The reason is that Armstrong has shown he is still not truthful about his past. A conversation with Armstrong is all about furthering his agenda and getting in front of any upcoming public relations disasters. He’s not about setting the record straight. So I have no desire to be a complicit part of his PR strategy to win over the hearts and minds of the public. That’s also why I don’t think he’ll reach out to Paul Kimmage or David Walsh. Armstrong will instead call the low hanging fruit of the media who will be more than happy to transcribe what he says knowing it’s a SEO bonanza.

I realize there are some limitations to what the Texan can do and say. He doesn’t have the legal power to change the sport. As he said on Twitter, he’s a retired rider. It’s up to the UCI and WADA who have the power to start to clean up the mess. I want to believe that, as he said himself on Twitter, he’d be the first through the door at any kind of UCI/WADA meeting to resolve doping. My gut and his prior history have shown he wouldn’t be honest or probably wouldn’t show up. I’d love to be wrong.

While RadioShack is not renewing their sponsorship, Trek Bicycles might take the title spot on the jersey as they try to put the Armstrong era behind them. They have in their ranks Fabian Cancellara who is a threat in the classics as his on-the-road rival Tom Boonen hasn’t had the best of years. If the team can’t win a grand tour (hate to break it to the Schleck fans - that’s not going to happen for a few years) snagging classic wins is one way to move bikes off the bike shop showroom and into customers’ homes.

Also electronic company Belkin is taking over the sponsorship of Team Rabobank...err...Team Blanco. This is an American company, so I’m hoping that they’ll bolster the roster with a few Yanks.

This next news item caught me by surprise - British

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