Archive for July, 2009

Mikel Astarloza proves talk of a clean Tour premature

Mikel Astarloza, leader of the Euskaltel TDF team, has been provisionally suspended by the UCI after being found positive for EPO in an out of competion test on 26th June. The suspension will continue until the case is considered by the Spanish federation. Astarloza has asked for a counter analysis of the B sample.

Presumably Astarloza will lose his TDF stage win (he slipped a group of four including Jurgen Van den Broek and Pellizotti) if the positive is confirmed.

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Freddie Grubb works in Twickenham

Cyclists of my generation remember Freddie Grubb bikes only as a cheaper range in the Holdsworth stable. Apparently this was not always the case and before the war they were well regarded.

I have just come across a short piece in a news paper’s property section lauding the conversion of an old building in Gould Road near Twickenham Green into waterside offices.  It is said that in 1928 Freddie Grubb established Grubb Cycles on the premises and produced models that included the Twickenham Eagle and the Kingston Recumbent. The premises were later used for the production of Mercury cars.

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Did Jurgen yell for Cadel to wait?

I just checked the result of the TDF ttt and noticed that Silence-Lotto didn’t wait for VdB when he fell. He lost seven minutes on Astana and about 4min 30sec on the rest of his team. I imagine dinner was a little difficult that night!

173rd  Jurgen van den Broek (Bel) Silence-Lotto @ 7min. 04sec.


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