According to a Belgium website, the three arbitrators are going to announce their verdict either later today or tomorrow. I’m a bit skeptical. In either case it’s crappy timing. Just when the world should be focusing on the Tour, the verdict will completely over shadow the day. That said, I just want this affair to end. It has dragged on far too long. There has to be a better way to streamline the process the testing procedure, but I don’t know what it is. More testing facilities that are up to date? Is the UCI anti-doping pledge worth the paper it’s written on? Beats the hell out of me. I think the blame has been put unfairly onto the shoulders of the athlete. How about the DS demanding results, the sponsor looking for a win in their hometown? So should the team also bare the brunt of a ‘non-negitive’? All I know is that it looks like Petacchi is going to have to down-size his living costs. My personal thoughts on the Floyd Landis hearing is that he is innocent. Will he be found innocent? I, unfortunately, will be very surprised that the case is ruled in his favor. There is too much at stake for USADA.
I’ve been to that part of London before and it is beautiful. I hadn’t really missed not going to the TdF till I started to think about that area. As I watch the prologue on the telly I think I’ll have pangs of regret not making the trip. On a positive note, my parents are there and looking forward to the experience. I told my dad to say hi to Millar.
I want David Millar to win, but Cancellara has been showing good form lately. If I had to put money down it would have to be on him. If Bradley Wiggins wins I’ll be pissed.