The Week That Was...
With a decision still not reached over his inclusion in the 2005 Tour de France, speculation continues to mount over a possible attempt at the World One-hour record by Lance Armstrong. The Discovery Channel team leader is said to be very interested in mounting an attempt at the record of 49.441km set by Chris Boardman on
Armstrong added that, "I think the trick with the Hour Record is where you do it. Obviously we can do it in
More information emerged last week by the New York Times who broke the news of the formation of the ?F-One? group - a team of experts and technicians from leading manufacturers who would be involved in any such attempt. Included in the group are Carmichael Training Systems, Nike, helmet-maker Giro, wheel maker Hed, Advanced Micro Devices, aerodynamicist Len Brownlie, Bicycle manufacturer Trek and wheel maker Bontrager. In 1996, Boardman, without UCI restraints, set what is known as the best hour performance. Racing around the Manchester Velodrome, he set a record distance of 56.375 km. It is uncertain which event attracts Armstrong or whether he is tempted to challenge them both.
Disgraced British cyclist David Millar last week had his appeal heard by the Court of Arbitration of Sport. The former Cofidis pro was appealing against his two-year ban imposed by British Cycling after he confessed to using EPO. "It was a long procedure looking into the legal position of my case. At the end, I was informed that a decision would be reached within two to four weeks but I don't have any idea what the outcome will be. I can't make any comment until I have received the verdict myself," said Millar on itsmillartime.com. Many in the sport feel that Millar was very fortunate to have only been handed a two-year ban and his popularity will have further decreased when it was announced that annual membership prices at British Cycling increased partly due to the costs of the legal actions of Millar.
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