Documentary on Lance Armstrong

The title of the movie was supposed to be “The Road Back” but ultimately it was decided as “The Armstrong Lie”. The director of the movie Alex Gibney in this movie has portrayed everything he could about the now infamous Lance Armstrong.

Initially the movie was supposed to be named as the “The Road Back” because when Alex started to make this documentary on Armstrong he was about to make a comeback in his cycling career but with the turn of events things became messy for Lance Armstrong when he was caught for doping allegations for which he has got a lifetime ban in cycling. This has affected massively in the production of the documentary of the seven time Tour de France champion and that is why Alex Gibney has now decided to name the movie “The Armstrong Lie”.

There are many reasons why he went into the bad books of people and also for the panel that were on his case. First of all he denied the fact about the doping when there were many valid evidences against him. On top of that when he was asked to co operate he did not. There were times when he was said that he could go back and rejoin his cycling if he gave them enough information but he chose to keep shut and that has now apparently backfired on him. In a recent tweet from the 7 time champion he has said that he is willing to co operate and will give the required information but it looks like it is too late for him now. The betrayal and anger and everything that has happened since the beginning has now resulted with an 8 year ban. All this and many more things will be there in the documentary that is about to release this year.

Newly Elected UCI President Starts Off With Drugs Probe

Brian Cookson seems to be a highly spirited and active President. The newly elected UCI chief has embarked on his latest Presidential tenure with the mission of creating independent inquiry system into doping in cycling, following discussions with World Anti-Doping Committee.

Cookson was elected after the previous UCI President McQuid was somewhat ousted from the cycling governing body that almost resulted into a tiff at Florence UCI Congress election. The new UCI President has sworn to implement his pre-election promises and also assured to mend the bond between UCI & WADA along with the guarantee to incorporate revolutionary changes in the cycling governing body.

Legendary cyclist Armstrong’s doping confessions followed by a report covering it from American Anti-Doping Committee had reportedly strained the bond between WADA & USADA last year. However, Cookson managed to sit with prominent WADA personnel & the new president is on his way to form an inquiry that would explore every doping case & would investigate whether UCI was involved in any kind of cover-ups.

“We have started off the procedure of deploying our manifesto promises with the view to re-enforce our reputation & make the most regarded across the globe. I feel we are successful in coming up with a great start”, stated Cookson. “We are on with the process of establishing high-level conversations with WADA that will help us to understand on our further steps on relation to independent inquiry into UCI’ past. We are also contacting the major stakeholders in the pertinent zone, such as USADA, other varied national anti-doping agencies as well as the Sports Ministry from France.”

The new UCI President has even founded a commission with the view to enhance the scene of elite racing for women. This move on development of women cycling is a follow-up post the appointment of Tracey Gaudry as the first ever woman Vice-President for UCI.

New start for Alessandro Petacchi

Alessandro Petacchi has announced to become a part of Omega Pharma-Quickstep which is a highly noted competition of cycling. So, viewers can now see him as a new weapon in the championship because he is a winner of 48 Grand Tour stages. Alessandro Petacchi is an Italian cycler and he has said that he will be in the team Omega Pharma-Quickstep till the end of next year, i.e., 2014. So, this is a good news for the team members because he is an inspiring player who has the guts of winning world championships. Recently he has made the debut on 8th of August with Kortrijk criterium.

After this he has also went for Eneco Tour during 12-18 August. His Paris and Milan-San Remo tours are much popular among his fans. Along with this he has also joined the membership of fiver exclusive riders club. Along with him the other members who have won points classification for the 3 Grand Tours are Cavendish, Laurent Jalabert, Djamolidine Abdoujaparov and Eddy Merckx. So, it is a great achievement which has been gained by this Italian cycling star. The joining of Alessandro Petachhi is a good sign for the team for winning its further championships.

He has said that he loves to be a team player with such enthusiastic players. He will contribute with his experience and always look forward for the benefits of the team. He is feeling privileged to teach and train the young riders. After his retirement this decision is indeed appreciable because many of his fans were eager to know about this news. Now he wants to train the young riders for winning the championship. He is really excited to tell whatever extreme thrills he has witnessed during his career. Also he is feeling incredible after returning back even though he announced the retirement.

McEwen Not Hopeful About Cadel

Robbie McEwen is not hopeful about Cadel Evan’s consistency as grand tour competitor.  In a recent interview the esteemed Aussie Tour de France stage champion declared that according to him Evans’ regime as a premier tour competitor is almost over by now. He pointed out Evans’ not-so-impressive Tour performance after Giro d’Italia in June where the Victorian drained himself to get to the 3rd position.

Our sources asked McEwen to detail about his thoughts on Evans. “Evans’ performance has been as per my expectations. I felt that it would be tougher for him to score the excellent Giro 3rd in those extreme weather situations just 4 weeks after at Tour de France. Continue reading “McEwen Not Hopeful About Cadel”