Some suspicious substances in the feedbag today, alas.... though no shockers. But first, some road news:
- VN checks in with Christian Vande Velde, who celebrated his recovery from a crash at the Volta a Catalunya by going high-side yesterday and landing on his back. He departed the Dauphine with his injuries, but is undeterred in his prep for the Tour... and his love of Bell helmets.
- Good writeup of today's Kazakh 1-2 over at VN, which doesn't suck on the days Andy Hood is writing. Alexandre Vinokourov swears he's not here to win, though he excelled today because his Tour prep has focused heavily on ITT work. Could it be that the Vuelta champ and impending Tour fave agrees with my initial assessment that the Tour will be won against the clock? I'm not horn-tooting here... I'm genuinely shocked.
- Others disagree. Like Alejandro Valverde:
- Dave Zabriskie, third (again) today behind the two Kazakh stars, bites his tongue... or maybe suppresses a Borat line:
- The Giro d'Italia reported three "non-negative" doping tests as it wrapped up this year's business. The more suspicious one involves an unnamed Spaniard who showed elevated testosterone, while two Italian riders (also as yet unnamed) exceeded the limits for salbutamol, the asthma drug. Of the latter, one is far enough over to raise eyebrows. But thanks to the CONI surprise drug controls following the Zoncolan stage, none of the big names are under any suspicion (outside of Eddy Mazzoleni's well-known issues).
- In case you missed it, Franck Vandenbroucke did finally admit to attempting suicide last week, so apologies to the Belgian media who had been accused of perpetrating a hoax. As some have said, VDB's life isn't really any of our business... more importantly, though, VN ran an interesting article yesterday trying to draw a link between doping and depression. Though written by Dr. Dawn Richardson, she admits the study wasn't very scientific, but after years of interviews her study certainly raises a question concerning the link between doping and subsequent mental illness:
Read the whole thing, if you can stomach the sadness. If we ever do get rid of the PEDs, you'll no doubt see a slower but happier peloton.