The Gazet van Antwerpen broke the news that Police from Hasselt had visited the home of Tom Boonen’s parents and had questioned his mother. Patrick Lefevere told Belgian TV that “when I received a call from a journalist with the news on Thursday evening, I couldn’t believe it” adding “But Boonen’s mother has confirmed it.”
Mr Lefevre said that the detectives did not search the house, but simply asked a few questions related to their investigation into the use of illegal drug by the cyclocross rider Tom Vannoppen who is reported to have mentioned Tom Boonen during questioning.Patrick Lefevere told the VRT’s sport service Sporza that “there have been rumours circulating for a while now since Vannoppen started suffering from depression”. “He used to train with Tom, but then so did many others.” Lefevere told Gazet van Antwerpen that the detectives asked about how Tom Boonen spent his free time and whether or not he still lived with his parents. (the police must be the only people in the whole of Belgium not familiar with all the details of Tomeke’s private life, but that’s the Boys in Blue the world over). The team manager added that the detectives had received a satisfactory answer to all their questions. He said that the investigation was a private matter and had nothing to do with the Quick-Step team. The judicial authorities have since said that Tom Boonen is in no way involved in any illegal activity but just to be sure a pan of Mrs Boonen’s special home made stew was taken away for analysis.
It is no surprise that Museeuw has pulled out of the PedalTech deal. He already supplies the best junior team in Belgium and his next move must involve the certainty of rides in Belgian semi-classics eg Het Volk and GP E3 with the hope of a start in the Ronde. Although Johan told me that the UK is a “good market” I can’t believe that seeing his bikes in the Lincoln Grand Prix would get him exited.
The following interesting article was cribbed from VeloNews. I have not the slightest idea if the science is sound although the writer does provide an explanation for those who can follow these things. I have learnt that if I go for my usual potter and stop for a coffee and an eccles cake I will have put on weight! And yet I still refer to “going training” how sad is that.
The Site of the Day: An interesting on-line tool. Filed: January 14, 2008
Reader Alan Canfield writes in to say that he and his buddy Robert “enjoy discussing the physics and dynamics of cycling during rides.” On one of those rides, the topic turned to a possible correlation between calories consumed, heart rate and wattage. The result is that Rober J. McDonald went back the office, did his research and came up a tool to calculate Calories and Power as a Function of Heart Rate. The site address is:- http://www.braydenwm.com/calburn.htm
We think it’s pretty cool and Dr. McDonald offers up an interesting discussion to explain his approach.