Tough Times in Cycling

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10/21/2013| 5 comments
by Neil Browne
Tough Times in Cycling - One rider tries to secure a contract while another symbolically cuts away from it Fotoreporter Sirotti

Tough Times in Cycling

One rider tries to secure a contract while another symbolically cuts away from it.

Velde. He’s the man, with his fourth place finish at the Tour de France, who can be credited for motivating Armstrong to return to racing. Vande Velde took out an electric saw and cut his Cervelo road bike in half in front of a cheering crowd. It was a symbolic gesture signifying his retirement from racing.

It had been a hard career, but one that will unfortunately always be footnoted with his six month suspension for doping. Maybe that's why he cut the Cervelo in half rather than doing something useful with it. Perhaps it was a metaphor for cutting away from his past and moving onto another chapter in his life.

But as I saw the blade slice through the top tube and then the bottom, I couldn’t think of how that was a colossal waste. There are many fans who would have liked to have bought that Cervelo and perhaps the money could have been donated to help the Colorado flooding victims, a junior program in his hometown of Chicago, or just about anything. It would have been a better way to punctuate his career - by doing something positive in return rather than destroying a piece of equipment that served him so well all these years.

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Neil still can't write a story without Lance being in it, Neil sure knows how to get mileage out of a dead horse. I also don't see how Neil can claim that Lance dropped out of the Tour of California because of the Floyd story the day before the crash, does Neil think Lance crashed out on purpose.

It might be tough times in cycling, but Chris Horner not getting a million dollar contract isn't because of it, it's just not smart to throw that kind of money down on someone that is going to be 42 years old in the upcoming season. While winning the Vuelta is a great feat, the race didn't have all of the top riders competing in it. Those million dollar contracts will go to the guys that can have teams built around them, that isn't Chris Horner.

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Please show me in my article where I said "Lance dropped out because of Landis' story." In fact I say Lance dropped out because he crashed. At no point do I even insinuate Armstrong crashed out on purpose. I'll see if I can get the video published under my story, but if I do - watch it. He's dazed and slightly confused. No way did he crash on purpose.

I write this without trying to be mean (but it's going to sound mean - sorry), but if you want to get your point across and not look clueless improve your reading comprehension and grammar. You just come off as confused. Case in point - the your first paragraph is just a rant that makes no sense. However, your second paragraph is completely valid and reasonable.

In the future send me your comments, I'll edit for clarity and you can post them. I think that will work out best for everyone.

Thanks for reading!


Neil, let me first state that I enjoy your sense of humor on Twitter and in your articles. Cycling clearly needs more humor. Also, you have the analytical ability to think outside the box. I liked the article that you wrote comparing overage of the America's Cup Race with the typical coverage TV Coverage.

Regarding this article, I think it was inappropriate for Christian Vande Velde to saw the bicycle in half. After this act became public, it was claimed that the bike was greatly damaged. I don't buy this. I think the bike could have been repaired and auctioned off etc.

Regarding the Lance part, I understand that you were personally hurt financially by him. His actions towards you were very reprehensible. It is my hope that you have recovered financially from his actions. I don't believe that you wrote anything inappropriate above regarding Lance Armstrong. Let's face it, Lance is the elephant in the room. Articles about him get many clicks on the web. I think that we are all trying to figure him out.

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If VandeVelde wanted to saw his bike in half, who cares? It's NOT like it was some irreplaceable piece of artisan craftsmanship. If he sawed up an original Masi or DeRosa, THEN I'd be on the verge of outrage!