Twisted Spoke

My twisted take on the world of pro bike racing.

Bruyneel jumps to Radio Shack with Armstrong. Is Floyd Landis next?

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First, I finish this beer, then I sign with Lance.

First, I finish this beer, then I sign with Lance.

It was a forgone conclusion: Lance without Johan? Ren without Stimpy? Siegfried without Roy? Unthinkable. Astana is now a sinking ship, gutted of riders, rudderless and shamed by the return of the unrepentant son, Alexandre Vinokourov.

There’s no love lost between Bruyneel and the oil barons of Kazakhstan who had constant problems writing the pay checks. Bruyneel will steal a few more riders heading out the door. The next few months will determine how foolish Alberto Contador is: riding for Astana with Vino and without Bruyneel spells disaster in any language you choose.

The real excitement is the hinted return of the second best American tour rider: the disgraced Floyd Landis. When questioned about the possibility, Armstrong said “I wouldn’t rule anything out,” Floyd is a great rider, a tremendous story.” Twisted Spoke is thrilled by the possibility of the mad Mennonite returning to the european peleton and perhaps even attacking the tour once more.

Put Landis at the front heading up Alpe d’Huez or the Tourmalet with Lance in tow and Contador will beg the Schleck brothers for help. It’s an intriguing scenario filled with redemption and revenge. A motivated Landis will rip the legs off anyone Lance points a finger at. The man has a new hip and a huge ax to grind. His natural, non-synthetic testosterone will be off the charts.

The only question will be the Tour itself. Landis has served his time, he’s street legal, but the French have no fondness for the only Tour champion stripped of the yellow jersey. They didn’t appreciate Vinokourov’s blood doping and Landis is in the same boat. He didn’t do himself any favors with a long, bitter and costly defense either. The old Fairness For Floyd slogan doesn’t play well in Paris. Still, with Lance pulling some strings, perhaps, just maybe.

We firmly expect to hear Landis cranking the ZZ Top in the Radio Shack bus in 10 months. Hey, the Tour of Utah was fun but it’s just not the Champs Elysees — even with the silly dunk contest.

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Written by walshworld

August 25, 2009 at 11:28 pm

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  1. i don’t get it.
    vino is a disgrace, but it would be cool to have floyd back??
    and astana is shamed by vino’s return. didn’t bruyneel sign basso when everybody knew he doped but it seemed likely that there would be no conviction? why is he not a shame to astana?

    it might look like i’m a vino fan, but i think you’re having a bit of a double standard here.

    henkio

    August 26, 2009 at 1:18 pm

    • Henkio, you make a good point. Bruyneel has never had a problem signing riders under suspicion like Basso. (He was forced to sign Vino by the astana money men). But he also signed Heras and he had Landis and Hamilton, both later busted. And left unsaid of course is Amrstrong himself. I am a huge fan of Lance but I find it hard to believe he has always ridden clean when a good number of Postal and Discovery riders like Andreau admitted to doping. Everybody was doing it; it’s the culture and Bruyneel is certainly part of that. That said, I miss FLoyd and his personality and he’s a tremendous rider, clean or not. He paid his debt so I’d love to see him back where he belongs.

      walshworld

      August 26, 2009 at 5:23 pm


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