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  • Links here:

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/sport/2013/jan­/14/nicole-cooke-drugs-retires

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/sport/2013/jan­/14/nicole-cooke-retirement-statement

    Unless I've missed something very obvious, she doesn't say why she's retiring--disappearing women's races? Difficulty of finding a team? Making way for the next generation? A sense of having achieved all she set out to achieve? (She mentions all of the above, but not explicitly as (a) reason(s) for retiring.) Injuries? Or perhaps that there is still doping in the women's peloton (she doesn't say that)?

    I assume it's some kind of combination of all/most of these.

  • Sorry if repost but Cav in track action at OPQ launch at Merckx velodrome in Ghent right now

    http://www.omegapharma-quickstep.com/str­eaming2013/

  • Links here:

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/sport/2013/jan­/14/nicole-cooke-drugs-retires

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/sport/2013/jan­/14/nicole-cooke-retirement-statement

    Unless I've missed something very obvious, she doesn't say why she's retiring--disappearing women's races? Difficulty of finding a team? Making way for the next generation? A sense of having achieved all she set out to achieve? (She mentions all of the above, but not explicitly as (a) reason(s) for retiring.) Injuries? Or perhaps that there is still doping in the women's peloton (she doesn't say that)?

    I assume it's some kind of combination of all/most of these.

    Did you read her full statement? It's a shocking peice, but written with incredible passion and honesty. I infered it was a combination of doing everything she set out to achieve and more, and incredible frustration at the state of women's pro-cycling.

    Such a shame that just after the Olympics and British women cyclists being right at the forefront of the nation's consciousness that the Armstrong report landed yet another hammer blow for the sport. While it is in the men's side of the sport, it is the women's side that feels the effects most keenly, with the loss of events and teams. Poole almost retired, now Cooke has.

  • Did you read her full statement? It's a shocking peice, but written with incredible passion and honesty.

    Yes, I found it very interesting to read and I liked the style (good use of language), but it's not very well-structured. For instance, she says she'll describe two turning points (and she does), but when she gets to the second event, she fails to pick up her earlier announcement about two turning points, and other small issues like that (e.g., the sub-headers are very badly placed). The main omission to me is stating clearly why she retires--as far as I can see she doesn't do that explicitly, only implicitly and allusively. Fair enough, there are no hard and fast rules for writing this kind of thing, and there may well be things that she knows but can't say, but it just left me with an impression that it wasn't too clear.

  • Also lifted the blinkers for those who declare women's cycling has to be much cleaner just because there's so little money it.

  • Yes, I found it very interesting to read and I liked the style (good use of language), but it's not very well-structured. For instance, she says she'll describe two turning points (and she does), but when she gets to the second event, she fails to pick up her earlier announcement about two turning points, and other small issues like that (e.g., the sub-headers are very badly placed). The main omission to me is stating clearly why she retires--as far as I can see she doesn't do that explicitly, only implicitly and allusively. Fair enough, there are no hard and fast rules for writing this kind of thing, and there may well be things that she knows but can't say, but it just left me with an impression that it wasn't too clear.

    I just received an interesting PM from an ex-pro British rider who posts at the clinic who basically said there is more to come (I won't say more since it was sent in a PM). Also, since the clinic is the clinic, certain posters have seized upon her association with Dr Partalucci who was raided in 2001 although the indictment was quickly dropped and he has been squeaky since (including a stint at Team Sky) that is enough to condemn her as a doper. Apparently she may even post there to address those accusations.

  • Jimmy_Fingers - are you getting lost down the rabbit hole that is the clinic?

  • Acrually despite the rabid and often idiotic accusations they fling around in there it's been a very good education. Interesting to see that Sky thread resurface for example and people here talking about Sky signed dodgy Rogey in 2010 as an ex-Ferrari. 12 months ago I hadn't heard of Ferrari and thought Lance had raced clean.

    How innocent I was.

    But I don't stand for the wilder accusations. I went into bat for Nicole: nonsense to suggest she doped

  • It is one thing to take information from the Clinic, but another to try and reason with its readership. All good fun though.

  • There are some good posters there, and then there are some motherfuckers

  • The noise to signal ratio is exceptionally high.

  • The noise to signal ratio is exceptionally high.

    Have you tried lfgss.com?

  • Wha? Speak up? Huh?! SAY IT AGAIN!!!

  • The noise to signal ratio is exceptionally high.

    Yes, too much signal by far. :)

  • I just received an interesting PM from an ex-pro British rider who posts at the clinic who basically said there is more to come (I won't say more since it was sent in a PM). Also, since the clinic is the clinic, certain posters have seized upon her association with Dr Partalucci who was raided in 2001 although the indictment was quickly dropped and he has been squeaky since (including a stint at Team Sky) that is enough to condemn her as a doper. Apparently she may even post there to address those accusations.

    I don't have any doubt that Nicole Cooke was clean and I think all of those associations are probably cooked up.

  • Tour down under.
    Tour San Luis

    Starting soon.

    Cav back to chunky best. Ryder defending Giro. Froome V Wiggo V Contador. Exciting year ahead.

    Doping >>>.

  • Boonen beat Cav on the track at the OPQS team launch, must have been to blame on his chunkiness

    8-/

  • or the fact that the OPQS launch was held in Belgium...

  • I can't read OPQS without it looking like QWOP, and imagining Cav struggling to pedal for more than 20 metres before falling over.

    It's like I've some sort of gift, albeit one of dubious value.

  • Fucking sagan. Hero. Hope he rippes it apart this year. Ledgend in the making.

    This is wicked too.

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    &index=2

  • Got to admit that Sagan could replace Spartacus in my (slightly gay) affections if he wins a one dayer this year.

    I'm very pleased it's all starting again. Most of the big names seem to have gone for Argentina over Australia. Katusha definitely in but Purito not showing on any start lists I've seen. Looks like it could be a good race.

    Tour Down Under seems to be more set up for the climbers than the sprinters as well this year.

    But seriously - let's just fucking crack on with the proper racing once spring rolls round and we head to the low countries.

  • The OPQS sprint thing was jokes; Cav looking over his shoulder on the back straight waiting for Boonen and the pantomime headbutt stuff.

    Cav always sprints best when he doesn't bother to get out of the saddle. lolz

  • But seriously - let's just fucking crack on with the proper racing once spring rolls round and we head to the low countries.

    this

    im sick of Lance fucking Armstrong and all this doping stuff, bring on the racing

    the Giros gonna be awesome: Wiggins v Nibali but with more mountains and a less strong team for Wiggins. Is Ryder defending this or will he be focusing on the Tour? If so its very hard to pick one between those three

    the Classics will be great too: Spartacus v Boonen v Sagan v Gibert. I reckon Sep Vanmarcke will do something big this year and on a UK front it would be great to see Geraint Thomas break out of his 'strong contender' role and take a big win. Big Thor is back at full fitness too...

  • all of the above punkture,

    Couldn't have put it better myself.......

  • Spartacus v Boonen v Sagan v Gibert.

    Can you fucking imagine if these four are side by side coming up the Muur de Huy?

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