Almost everyone it seems has had something to say on the recent doping mess, but one group conspicuously under-represented in the chatter is the riders themselves. Our voice from the peloton, Maggy Backstedt is back from the wars in Denmark, and steps up to voice his thoughts on the war on doping.
Like a lot of bike fans the last couple of weeks have stretched my passion for our sport a little thinly, and whilst I№ve never been under any illusions about doping - the extent to which it appears to go on and at the very top level has seriously pissed me off. So PEZ-Man in the UK, Nick O'Brien, went local to see where the heart of bike racing is and always will be.
We should be relaxing on a sunny ride, satisfied that July was one of the best Tours ever, but not one cycling fan I know is in high spirits. Our feelings run from disbelief, to sympathy, to disappointment and even complete rejection… Of course I speak of the current dope scandal, and it’s been the big topic in MailBag…
Dude….somebody pissed off Thor the Nordic god of thunder... and he pissed on the peloton the entire day in the opening stage of the Tour of Denmark. Just like last year, the rain was torrential and the forecast for the rest of the week looks to be more of the same.
The ProTour has one-day fever again as the peloton battles it out in Germany for the newly renamed, ‘Vattenfall Cyclassics’. Formerly a World Cup event, now on the ProTour, the race was known as HEW Cyclassics up until this year. The racing should be fierce, as Vattenfall is the first big test for the one-day specialists since Liege in April!
It seems like the next big race is always right around the corner. This Sunday, the one-day ProTour races begin anew - the first stop: Hamburg, for the newly titled Vattenfall Cyclassics. It might not be steeped in history or terribly glamorous, but there's not a Pro that wouldn't give an arm to take a win here.