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USADA’s unknown ten list gets smaller?

Will we see Zabriskie giving testimony for USADA?

USA Cycling announced in a press release that George Hincapie, Levi Leipheimer, Christian Vande Velde and David Zabriskie individually asked to be taken out of the Olympic selection pool. Looking at the list of names one commonality sticks out: they were all members of the US Postal team.

USADA’s charging letter to Armstrong states they have “multiple riders with firsthand knowledge” that will testify that the seven-time Tour de France champion used EPO amoung other performance enhancing drugs. There has been much speculation about who those multiple riders are. A couple of obvious picks are Floyd Landis and Tyler Hamilton. You can also add Frankie Andreu as a possible person who would testify. These additional names provided by USA Cycling could also be part of the riders with firsthand knowledge.

To give them the benefit of the doubt it could be argued that Hincapie, Leipheimer and Vande Velde were never serious potential candidates on a course that is considered to favor a sprinter like Mark Cavendish, Peter Sagan or America’s Tyler Farrar. As such you need to build a team around one rider – in America’s case Farrar. Hincapie and Leipheimer won’t be the best picks for those slots. Sure Hincapie, Vande Velde or Leipheimer could be “road captains” as race radios are not allowed. However, it looks like Chris Horner has that position filled and quite frankly, he’ll do an excellent job. But I still wonder, why bother to ask USA Cycling to not consider them? One name that I can’t think of any reason he would ask to be excluded for Olympic consideration is Zabriskie.

This past May, Zabriskie won the time trial at the Amgen Tour of California. Then he defended his national time trial championship later that month in Greenville. At the post race press conference the Olympics were a goal. Even Taylor Phinney, who will be riding the time trial in the Olympics says that it’s a gamble to choose him. So what happened for Zabriskie, between May 26th (the day of the time trial championships) and today?

When USADA takes Armstrong to arbitration I’m guessing we’ll see these four names again. It’s going to be hard for Armstrong’s attorneys to dismiss them as disgruntled or crazy.

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6 Responses to “USADA’s unknown ten list gets smaller?”

  1. (@cycletard) (@cycletard) June 16, 2012 at 8:00 pm #

    Twitter big deal @neilroad chimes in on the H’crit Pack. “USADA’s Unknown Ten List Gets Smaller?”- http://t.co/8WvqmHdI

  2. Dim June 16, 2012 at 8:04 pm #

    So for the sake of speculation, assuming they are all american citizens or hold american licences..

    Im assuming the ten are holders of US Racing Licences, that way USADA can Protect them

    Likely:
    Landis
    Hamilton
    Frankie A
    Hincapie
    Leipheimer
    Vande Velde
    Zabriskie

    Possibles
    Jason McCartney, 2005-07 and again 2009-10
    Vaughters possibly but wasnt at postal that long

    Outsiders
    Antonio Cruz 2001-05
    Dylan Casey 1999-02 – Think hes still very much a livestrong supporter
    Kenny Labbé 2000-04
    Robbie Ventura 2001-04

    Leftfield
    Chad Gerlach (although that would be ace – he can tell everyone about when Lance tried to beat him down at the US training camp)

  3. (@bikehugger) (@bikehugger) June 16, 2012 at 8:43 pm #

    Might this include the names on the Lance witness list?

    http://t.co/BUyPBIJ1

    @neilroad considers it

    http://t.co/x6l4Ced3

  4. Josh Patterson (@Pattersnap) June 16, 2012 at 8:59 pm #

    @martinpmcevoy http://t.co/tKFTISn1

  5. Matt Jaeggli (@mjaeggli) June 18, 2012 at 8:52 am #

    USADA’s unknown ten list gets smaller? http://t.co/0VEC5OWZ

  6. Kevin Sheen June 18, 2012 at 3:52 pm #

    “When USADA takes Armstrong to arbitration I’m guessing we’ll see these four names again. It’s going to be hard for Armstrong’s attorneys to dismiss them as disgruntled or crazy.”

    I think many of the USADA execs are disgruntled and crazy.

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