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Prudhomme Drops the Velvet Hammer

[Portland coffee drinkers will appreciate that headline]

Even less surprising than Michael Boogerd's announcement is today's news that the Tour de France does not want any of the riders implicated in Operacion Puerto to ride their race, or the Ardennes Classics. However, they have not moved to unilaterally exclude such riders like Ivan Basso; they are asking teams not to nominate them. As a parent, I can recognize the strategy: we can do this the easy way or the hard way. This isn't going to get better...