^^ it appears that armstrong has curtains in that bunker of his that conceal the fraudulent jerseys until the perfect moment for the seduction of the olsen twins.
LeMond for UCI Prez
A person has the ability to learn the skill requirements for a job. What can't be "learned" is honesty, integrity, and vision."To be free and to live a free life - that is the most beautiful thing there is."
As UCI Prez would Greg allow "Truth & Reconcilliation" sweet deal to Belgian doping doc Dr Van Mol?
As UCI Prez would Greg make it legal to be sneaky with Equipment Choices like new fangled aero bars or positions?
As UCI Prez would Greg abolish the "No Needle Policy" and let riders take shots?
As UCI Prez would Greg hire the best team of lawyers money could buy? Country Bumpkin Test Scientists?
Won't know until he gets the gig, if her does.
(edit) I think what he will do is put the sport before the money. Something that Hein and the crew certainly did not.It is his word versus ours. We like our word. We like where we stand and we like our credibility."--Lance Armstrong.
^ dat be true. greg loves the sport, lance loves the fame & power, hein & paddie love the money.
Greg loves money too. He better - he has over a hundred million smackers worth. And Greg does not like fame and power? "He just loves the sport. Loves it to pieces hug hug cycling".
Geez, the Greg Fanboys are even better than the Lance Fanboys. At least we Lance Fanboys know 1/2/3/4/5/6/7 is real. And spectacular. The Bluff. The Mussette. The Look. The How do you like them Apples. The OffRoad Descent. The ChaseDown. The WaitForJan. The NoGifts. Days so awesome they even have names.
What does Greg have? The HandHoldPromenadeUpTheAlpe. Big whup.
But getting back to Greg as UCI Prez.How can we trust someone who did NOT raise the flag loud enough when EPO first came out in the late 80's and early 90's. Did Greg warn young Lance?
"Oh but Greg did not know what was going on. A Country Bumpkin. He thought "preparation" was for hemmoroids" What a TOTAL bunch of BS. And even if you believe the Bumpkin BS - what kind of UCI Prez would a Bumpkin be?
"Gene doping, gosh whats that?" "Like Mr Green Genes?"
Holy Crap Haters are ruining the sport.
"troll, troll, troll your boat,
gently 'cross the sea,
if you just would fade away,
that would give me glee.."
This is all just empty talk. Lemond has already indicated he doesn't consider himself suitable for the job and would prefer leading search for a candidate instead.The wise man said follow me...and he walked behind.
Polish, some of Greg's finer moments.
Overall Junior national champion, 1977 at age 15 1/2 against the 17/18 year olds. Didn't go to the Junior Worlds because he was too young.
Overall Junior national champion 1979, Junior World Champion road race champ, Silver in 3000m pursuit and national record despite only having ONE HOUR to prepare for the event.
Circuit de la Sarthe 1980 at age 18.
Greg vs. the Russian National team in the Red Zinger, 1981. Age 19.
Tour de l'Avenir 1982 by TEN MINUTES. Age 20.
Dauphiné Libéré 1983. Age 21.
Winner Super Prestige Pernod 1983, equivalent of the overall World Cup or Protour. World's #1 rider. Age 22.
His Tour exploits have been spoken about but his descent of the Marie-Blanque is still spoken of in awe.
Do you actually follow the sport or did you just start watching in 1999?
polish, greg sacrificed his whole bike company and probably a tidy sum in legal fees to take on the armstrong mafia, all for the love of the sport and wanting to see the scumbags kicked out of the sport. what has armstrong willingly sacrificed for the sport? certainly not his appearance fees under the guise of livestrong or some such bullshit.
it was interesting, i was watching Survivor on tv last night (almost never do) and i was struck by how "1990s" it still is, encouraging lying & cheating, and i thought, wow, that would be perfect for lance. and then one of the villainous contestants said "if you tell a lie long enough you start to believe it; i know that i am!" i about fell off the sofa.
she was blonde too; a perfect match for lance, albeit temporary.
The next UCI president should have a strong anti-doping agenda/plan. Sponsors are exiting the sport in droves both because of doping and the publicity around doping. These aren't the same thing - plenty of sponsors would likely be happy to have superhumans big-ringing it up the Matterhorn so long as no one found out, while others likely don't want to be involved in anything that isn't fundamentally clean.
If the ONLY item on the president's agenda is anti-doping, the sport's going to suffer as well. Leaving aside the issue of the amateur side of the game, the pro game has a lot of other complexities that need to be managed. I've heard that Phil Anderson promotes Ashenden as a candidate, but I'd question is he prepared for the other issues?
As an amateur athlete there are a lot of issues that the sport needs to manage. As an equipment supplier, there are A LOT of issues that the sport needs to manage - the thinly veiled revenue grabs on recurring revenue streams from suppliers are absolute BS, vintage Pat-Hein.
It's not just a doping issue. Pat and Hein suck at the doping issues, but there's a lot of other stuff that they suck at, too.For disclosure purposes, I am a partner in November Bicycles. This fact probably colors everything I say. I'm clearly not to be trusted.
Nice photos of Greg KR. I think UCI should not control the anti doping, but should leave that to an independent agency. In that case, Greg would make a great president.
Greg was ALWAYS a top shelf road racer from the time he was a kid. Reminds me of Andreas Kloden's quote, "I was at the top of my class since I was 14; what, you think I was doping back then?"
I think Greg would be a great interim choice as well.
(edit) The pic of him against the Russians is my favorite. I hear the story was that when the domestic pros heard that the Russians were sending their national team that they all started whining, "they are going to win every stage and take all the prizes". To which Greg responded, "let them try."
I have no reason to believe that Lemond used or experimented with PEDs in any manner, but he was inarguably a successful rider at a time when PED use was known to exist. He may not have used, but he could have been aware of cheating at the time but said nothing. Again, no way of knowing but it's easy to have doubt.
The UCI needs to get far, far, far away from any good-ol'-boy network that permeates the professional cycling scene. They need to go outside the sport, find someone with no history in procycling. Find a technocrat, if possible, and not a politician."Two things are infinite: the universe and human stupidity; and I'm not sure about the the universe." - Albert Einstein
I like the pic of Greg at Dauphine, Joop behind him. What the heck is that goat track they're riding on? I'm sure that would not be allowed these days, too "dangerous".
dkri - good points. When it comes to overall cycling reform I'd add though that race organizers, and foremost ASO, have been major obstructionists.
I think the argument about GL as Prez interim or otherwise can be hazy when other issues are being brought into play.
GL the Cyclist awesome.
GL the business man not so awesome, average at best I would suggest.
GL the Prez untested but the skill sets needed I believe would not suit him. How good a Prez would he be? I would suggest the phrase 'he is a nice guy' would be apt.
He has already said he is unwilling and I hope he doesnt get railroaded into it. He would be better suited to be a spokesman between UCI and Riders and help develop that as he would command respect and his views I believe would be more heartfelt and genuine in that role than as overall Prez.
The Prez role may work out bad for him and he doesnt need it or deserve that.
CCN need to present a valid overall candidate and full manifesto to be taken seriously and all I see/hear just now is HYPE.
entheo asked rhetorically "what has armstrong willingly sacrificed for the sport?"
answer: anyone who got in the way of his plot for world cycling domination.
As one journalist has said - the NFL is run like a European country, Pro-cycling is run like an American cowboy outfit which lends itself perfectly to the kind of short-cuts, bribery, mismanagement, doping and sponsorship scrambling that takes place every season, not to mention the actual health of the riders themselves. Has the sport improved in the last 30 years? Sure. But it could be a hell of a lot better and not go through these "cyclical" rebirths every 10 years or 5 year or 2 years depending on which big name rider(s) get popped for doping.
What the UCI needs to understand is "protecting" the UCI is not the same as "protecting" the sport when the UCI has neither the individual teams interests in mind nor the professional athletes that make up the teams. The UCI is in the game purely for it's own benefit.
If the UCI was run like the NFL (management wise) with large market teams and small market teams sharing in the revenue stream, team owners, a much stronger riders' union, and a Pro-cycling circuit that locks down major sponsors for the "Circuit" I think professional cycling would be a lot less 'wild west' than it currently is.
If cycling were run like the NFL, it would be a lot more like USPS, Polti, Kelme T-Mobile and Rabobank, pre 2007.
Cycling would be pure awesomeness, like the NFL, with less concussions.
I too like that analogy. Like the NFL, drug use would be rampant. The NFL has linemen of 300 lbs of pure muscle, the peleton would return to unheard of speeds with a field close to 100% EPO driven.
I like the analogy. I DO NOT want to see it happen!
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