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Daily Feedbag: Cycle Sport Edition

It can't be said enough how much VeloNews ass Cycle Sport has kicked in the last year or so. As of last spring, CS officially got off its high-priced duff and started doing journalism again, to the point where I no longer cared if their Tour preview arrived in August. I guess what I like best is that their articles tend to raise subjects worth talking about, rather than the bland result-recitation VN tends to ladle out.

This month's edition just arrived (my renewal negotiations dragged on a bit), and a few items already caught my eye.

  • Was Marco Pantani murdered? Every fibre of my being wants to ignore this tabloid piece, but... I just... can't. The theory is that his room was all torn up, yet he had no scratches on his hands, no broken fingernails. No signs of violence at all -- except those mysterious compressions around his jugular. There is general agreement that he died of a cocaine-induced heart attack, but that still leaves both suicide and murder on the table. Pantani's mom thinks someone choked him and shoved the coke in his mouth. In a shocking development, the investigation by Italian authorities has been deemed woefully inadequate.
  • Excellent coverage of the Quick Step juggernaut. Speaks for itself.
  • Not sure what's more shocking, the length of Ullrich's hair or the lack of girth to his midsection.
  • My favorite aspect of CS: If you can string two interesting sentences together about some aspect of Cycling, you can win $100 as the "letter of the month." Seriously, check out the quality of the winning entries. I'm riding on free Veloflex Carbon's right now for a puff piece on Lance.