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The story behind Liege-Bastone-Liege

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Sometimes the mainstream “gotcha media” misses the true stories. This is never more obvious than the story I found buried in Eurosport regarding the recent Liege-Bastone-Liege. After I translated the story from what I think is French to English (and those who follow my Twitter translations of streaming videos know how spot-on it is) Spanish rider Alejandro Valverde in order to assure himself second place on the podium of Le Doyenne, “beat off Philippe Gilbert to win the sprint.”

While not entirely surprising that such underhanded tactics are employed to insure a podium position, I’m just shocked that a UCI chaperon did not spot these shenanigans occurring. I thought they were more closely monitored. And it begs the question, were any dirty deals done with Vinokourov? I just hope the rest of the media is doing their due diligence in getting to the bottom of this potentially sticky situation

As a result of his fourth place Gilbert is now sitting atop of the recent UCI rankings. Be assured I will continue to scan the foreign press unearthing any and all information on this developing story.

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14 Responses to “The story behind Liege-Bastone-Liege”

  1. neilroad April 27, 2010 at 12:34 am #

    Impropriety at Leige-Bastone-Leige? Only Browne Eye has the stones to cover it http://neilbrowne.com/2010/04/the-story-

    • sarcastitom April 27, 2010 at 12:44 am #

      @neilroad Shit, you must be the greatest journalist in the world. No seriously, is this really news? Who wouldn’t give up 2nd for that?

    • Chrismurphy101 April 27, 2010 at 12:47 am #

      @neilroad Maybe you should learn to spell Liege first?

    • CyclingMadness April 27, 2010 at 12:51 am #

      @neilroad I smell Pulitzer, Neil. Keep up the hard nosed investigative journalism!

  2. neilroad April 27, 2010 at 4:34 am #

    Impropriety at Leige-Bastone-Leige? Only Browne Eye has the stones to cover it http://neilbrowne.com/2010/04/the-story-

    • sarcastitom April 27, 2010 at 12:44 am #

      @neilroad Shit, you must be the greatest journalist in the world. No seriously, is this really news? Who wouldn’t give up 2nd for that?

    • Chrismurphy101 April 27, 2010 at 12:47 am #

      @neilroad Maybe you should learn to spell Liege first?

      • neilroad April 27, 2010 at 4:53 am #

        @Chrismurphy101 That’s exactly the kinda gotcha response I would expect. However, I have made the correction. For the record I prefer my way

    • CyclingMadness April 27, 2010 at 12:51 am #

      @neilroad I smell Pulitzer, Neil. Keep up the hard nosed investigative journalism!

    • dwuori April 27, 2010 at 1:02 am #

      @neilroad Did Valverde accomplish this while on the bike? I’m impressed. Seems this would require terrific balance.

    • chunkyflyrite April 27, 2010 at 1:54 am #

      @neilroad ha! Funny…

    • jtwittah April 27, 2010 at 1:57 am #

      RT @neilroad: Impropriety at Leige-Bastone-Leige? Only Browne Eye has the stones to cover it http://neilbrowne.com/2010/04/the-story-

    • hooksone April 27, 2010 at 8:08 am #

      @neilroad I like it! Impropriety at Leige-Bastone-Leige? Only Browne Eye has stones to cover it http://neilbrowne.com/2010/04/the-story-… cant wait to hear more

  3. Julio May 14, 2010 at 8:19 pm #

    Jumpin’ jesus on a pogo stick!!!

    Only the Brown eye could come up with this!!

    I try but the CBR race commentary is just not the same without you

    Julio

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