Thursday, May 17, 2007

Ranting His Head Off

All due respect to our friends over at Rant Your Head Off, but Greg Lemond will get his chance to do just that when he testifies in the Floyd Landis arbitration hearing for USADA later on today.


Lemond was a childhood hero of mine, as his cycling feats got me interested in the sports. You could probably say that he's the reason I'm even blogging about cycling in the first place. Lately, he's been very skeptical of the performances by the athletes that dominate today's sport, especially of those by one Lance Armstrong.

Because I believe in the plight of Floyd Landis, I'm somewhat conflicted by the fact that Lemond will be testifying for "the other side." But, I also understand his stance. Most of his records and athletic endeavors are being relegated to commonplace status by performance enhanced riders claiming to be on par with some of cycling's greats.

So while Lemond is championing the cause to clean up the sport, I'll be hoping that he's referring to the sport's governing and testing bodies, riders, and certain journalist alike, and not simply attempting to root out Floyd.

MORE:
-- Bonnie DeSimone for ESPN: Breakdown of Landis' Tour de France drug tests
-- Mark Zalewski for CyclingNews: Evidence quality clouds 'stage three' arguments
-- PR Newswire: Lance Armstrong Joins Us Senators and Representatives to Introduce the Cancer Screening, Treatment and Survivorship Act of 2007
-- Chicago Tribune: Armstrong takes Hill, touts bill

4 comments:

daniel m (a/k/a Rant) said...

Granny,

Good lead. I'm sure LeMond will do just that. I'm the same age as LeMond, and his feats certainly fired up my enthusiasm for a sport I've followed since I was a young boy.

But his behavior in the years since, for me, has tarnished his reputation somewhat. We'll see what he has to say for himself -- and what he might possibly have to say that pertains to the Landis case -- later today or tomorrow.

- Rant

Tour of '03 said...

Hi Daniel. Thanks for your note. I feel the same way about Lemond. I think he craves/misses the spotlight AND likes to keep it on him for business reasons. I think he was jealous of Lance's success and Floyd's do. A little graciousness wouldn't hurt his image. But he's right about doping. We'll see what he adds.

Granny's 30 said...

agree with both of you, as he's sounded more like a whiny little B$&^@.

But from everyone I know whose met him or seen him in person, he leaves you with that same feeling of child-like hero worship

Anonymous said...

I hope someone breaks out the magistrate wig!

Thursday, May 17, 2007

Ranting His Head Off

All due respect to our friends over at Rant Your Head Off, but Greg Lemond will get his chance to do just that when he testifies in the Floyd Landis arbitration hearing for USADA later on today.


Lemond was a childhood hero of mine, as his cycling feats got me interested in the sports. You could probably say that he's the reason I'm even blogging about cycling in the first place. Lately, he's been very skeptical of the performances by the athletes that dominate today's sport, especially of those by one Lance Armstrong.

Because I believe in the plight of Floyd Landis, I'm somewhat conflicted by the fact that Lemond will be testifying for "the other side." But, I also understand his stance. Most of his records and athletic endeavors are being relegated to commonplace status by performance enhanced riders claiming to be on par with some of cycling's greats.

So while Lemond is championing the cause to clean up the sport, I'll be hoping that he's referring to the sport's governing and testing bodies, riders, and certain journalist alike, and not simply attempting to root out Floyd.

MORE:
-- Bonnie DeSimone for ESPN: Breakdown of Landis' Tour de France drug tests
-- Mark Zalewski for CyclingNews: Evidence quality clouds 'stage three' arguments
-- PR Newswire: Lance Armstrong Joins Us Senators and Representatives to Introduce the Cancer Screening, Treatment and Survivorship Act of 2007
-- Chicago Tribune: Armstrong takes Hill, touts bill

4 comments:

daniel m (a/k/a Rant) said...

Granny,

Good lead. I'm sure LeMond will do just that. I'm the same age as LeMond, and his feats certainly fired up my enthusiasm for a sport I've followed since I was a young boy.

But his behavior in the years since, for me, has tarnished his reputation somewhat. We'll see what he has to say for himself -- and what he might possibly have to say that pertains to the Landis case -- later today or tomorrow.

- Rant

Tour of '03 said...

Hi Daniel. Thanks for your note. I feel the same way about Lemond. I think he craves/misses the spotlight AND likes to keep it on him for business reasons. I think he was jealous of Lance's success and Floyd's do. A little graciousness wouldn't hurt his image. But he's right about doping. We'll see what he adds.

Granny's 30 said...

agree with both of you, as he's sounded more like a whiny little B$&^@.

But from everyone I know whose met him or seen him in person, he leaves you with that same feeling of child-like hero worship

Anonymous said...

I hope someone breaks out the magistrate wig!