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ICYMI: A Few Short Stories from This Week in Cycling

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There have been about a dozen curious little stories around that I haven't had time for, so I'm just going to dump them all in one place right now. Exciting, isn't it?

Not So Fabulous

What's happening with Fabian Cancellara's season? After his nasty back injury at E3 ruined his spring, he's slowly returned to racing, but now has a bacterial infection in his throat and can't attend Gippingen (underway now) and the Tour de Suisse (starting Saturday). Which means he will hit the Tour de France with no real racing in his legs, a problem that will work itself out eventually, but probably not in time for the opening time trial, where he could have taken the yellow jersey. Maybe by stage 9?

And what of the rest of the year? The interruptions seem a little deflating, particularly for a rider at age 34 who was been the subject of retirement rumors. Perhaps the time off leaves him fresh for Richmond and he checks another item off his bucket list. Maybe he goes from there to an Hour Record attempt. Or maybe the season remains a washout. I guess the upside is that he probably doesn't plan on going out like this.

MPCC In Trouble

The Mouvement Pour un Cyclisme Credible (MPCC) is having a very bad week. Weird article about LottoNL-Jumbo rider George Bennett being excluded from the Giro for low cortisol, only to have that explained away by asthma medicine. But he'd already missed the Giro, because MPCC teams have to undergo various procedures before a rider with something like this on his record can start. Lotto apparently got frustrated with the way the MPCC operates, and have announced their intent to ditch the Mouvement. Same goes for Bardiani-CSF, who had an almost identical problem involving a rider who went on to start the Giro regardless. "We were one of the first teams that joined the MPCC, because we believed in the project. But the way the MPCC has treated us now, is totally wrong," the squad told Sporza.

The project is a leader in sending a message to the sport and its fans on behalf of clean cycling, and teams adhering to their guidelines are... well, they're less likely to dope, is about as far as I'm willing to go. But that is something. And it would be a shame for it to go away.

Is Taylor Phinney Ever Boring?

Probably not.

Great to see and hear from Papa Davis! It's hard to say how Parkinson's disease is affecting him, I'm sure it's bad but that's private info. In the film, though, he looks like he's holding up extremely well. And father and son get a little extra time together. That's a real silver lining to Taylor's time on the proverbial shelf. More on LuluLemon's blog.

The Streak Is Alive!

Yes, of course, I am referring to Southeast Pro Cycling's streak of riders being busted for EPO, which was extended to a third consecutive year this week when Ramon Carretero, the first Panamanian rider to take part in the Giro d'Italia, was nailed for EPO in the Tour of Turkey. Fat lot of good it did him: he finished last in the opening team time trial of the Giro d'Italia, coming in 3.53 behind his team (who themselves finished 52" late), before failing to take the start the next day (claiming to have the flu). Directeur Andrea Citracca expressed shock at the news. Maybe because EPO is supposed to be more effective than this?