Tour de France - 100 Years of Drama
It isn't the Tour de France unless things get a little crazy.
5. If I owned a hotel in Corsica I’d make preparations for an influx of Americans with bikes. The Tour de France broadcast did a fabulous job of showcasing the French island. And when you get down to the nuts and bolts of why the cities petition for a Tour de France stage start or finish, this was the reason why.
6. Twitter continues to be the best and worst place to get race information. Rumors are spread over Twitter quicker than an STD at a Tour finish party in Paris. Before you tweet who the winner is, take a breath and double check.
The Kimmage Fund
Speaking of Twitter, there’s a bit of an update in continuing drama of Aaron Brown (AKA @UCI_Overlord) and the missing Paul Kimmage funds. Bicycling Magazine’s Joe Lindsey was able to unearth Brown from under his rock in Gerona, Spain to try and find out what the Canadian has done with the funds.
According to Lindsey, it turns out that what Brown had told people was either outright lies or a very convoluted version of what he thinks the truth is. From failed businesses to lying about his amateur racing career, Brown pulled the wool over a lot of people’s eyes, including some magazines which he’d written for.
I had some interaction with Brown as he’d been a guest on my live web show “TourChats”. He was a good guest - outlandish and goofy, his hat pulled down low with sunglasses on to conceal his identity, making accusations that were completely conspiracy theory based with zero facts. My co-host Dan Wuori and I called him part of our “Wack Pack,” a reference to a group of odd fans that follow talk-radio host Howard Stern.
At one point Brown wanted Dan and I to produce TourChats on his site for a thousand dollars a month. When he made that offer I knew right then and there he was delusional. A cycling website with a niche audience couldn’t afford to pay $1000/month for anything.
While the Kimmage money may be long gone once all the legal maneuvering has finished, Jamie Fuller, CEO of the compression company Skins, has stepped up to fund Kimmage’s legal battle in case the UCI renews their lawsuit against him. Chapeau. When it comes to commenting on my critique from June 17 of one of men behind the Cookson-for-UCI-President campaign - which Fuller is supporting - he remains more silent.
McQuaid digging up past
A week can’t go by without current UCI president Pat McQuaid considering something that only consolidates the belief his time has come and gone. He remarked to L’Equipe that he’d consider removing Marco Pantani’s 1998 Tour de France win from the record books if it’s discovered he tested positive for EPO. So who do we give the victory to? Second place finisher Jan Ullrich who last week finally confessed to blood doping, or third place Bobby Julich who also admitted to doping and lost his job at Team Sky over it?
This maneuver by McQuaid stinks to me like