December 10, 2004
‘L.A. Confidential’ to come to US in 2005?
Dropped in right at the bottom of the Guardian's story about Armstrong delaying his Tour decision is this little nugget:
One potential distraction for the Texan could come with the possible publication in 2005 of a US edition of the unauthorised and controversial biography LA Confidential, published this year in French and the subject of two court cases over its suggestion through circumstantial evidence that Armstrong may have used banned substances, which he strenuously denied.
"We are in advanced negotiations with an American publisher and, if the book is published in the States, there will be a considerable amount of new material in it," said one of the book's co-authors, the French writer Pierre Ballester.
It would certainly have more of a market if Armstrong were racing in the Tour.
December 09, 2004
Armstrong will delay Tour decision until after spring classics
AUSTIN, Texas - Lance Armstrong will decide in May whether he will race in this summer's Tour de France, which he has won the last six years.
He said in Wednesday's Austin American-Statesman he will ride for another two years, but he's still unsure where to focus his 2005 schedule - the European spring classics or Tour de France.
It seems like if he's not going to make a decision until after the spring classics, Armstrong is probably focusing on the spring classics, with hopes he'll be able to race into Tour-winning shape, instead of the other way around.
December 01, 2004
ProTour finalizes agreements with grand tours
Organizers of the Tour de France, the Giro d'Italia, and the Vuelta a España have agreed to be part of the 2005 ProTour, guaranteeing the new tour's teams entry in all three events, and 8 others run by the grand tour organizers.
Representatives of all three races still have reservations about the new system, and have asked UCI president Hein Verbruggen for changes before the 2006 ProTour.
The three major tour organisations, ASO (Tour), RCS (Giro) and Unipublic (Vuelta), restate in their letter to Verbruggen that they still want to see the development of an ethical code, the introduction of some form of promotion/relegation format for the ProTour and a written understanding about TV, image and other rights relating to events.
Beloki back with Saiz at Liberty Seguros
Spain's Joseba Beloki is going home, to the Liberty Seguros team managed by Manolo Saiz.
Beloki finished on the podium at the Tour de France in 2000 and 2002, second in 2002, while riding for Saiz at ONCE. In 2003, Beloki broke several bones in a crash during Stage 9 of the Tour, and hasn't returned to form since.
"My aim is to be the rider that I once was during the Tour," he told Spanish sports daily Marca.
"After many days of uncertainty and anxiety about my future, at last I'll be able to sleep well."
One effect of the new ProTour is that it's less of an issue that Liberty Seguros already has a leader in Roberto Heras, because the team will have to contest more races to be competitive in the new series.