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How Tweet it is

It’s a story that has gotten hardly any play in the American media, but I defy you to say it’s not one of the cooler stories you will ever see.

This article on Velonews makes it impossible not to absolutely love Lance Armstrong and everything he stands for.

Here’s the long and short of it: Lance, in Ireland, posted a message on his Twitter account that read “Good morning Dublin. Who wants to ride this afternoon? I do. 5:30 p.m. at the roundabout of Fountain Road and Chesterfield Avenue. See you there.” When the time to ride rolled around, a surprised Armstrong was joined by over 1,000 fans on his two-hour training ride around the well-known Kyber Pass, requiring the Irish police to shut down the six kilometer circuit the throng rode along.

It’s a remarkable story from a remarkable athlete. In a time when athletes are increasingly unabailable to the fans who shell out thousands of dollars to cheer them on, and for an athlete whose greatness has earned the utmost of that privacy, it’s an amazing and refreshing act.

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Progress comes to cycling in stages

Around this time last week, I was set to post about the Tour de France, praising the fact that not one rider in the field tested positive for performance-enhancing drugs. One week later, thanks to the unavailability of Wi-Fi in Disney World, my post will be much less celebratory.

It was hyped as the most epic Tour ever, with the winners of the last 10 runnings in the field. And while it wasn’t as “epic” as its billing, the 22 days of racing through France unfolded without the doping monster that has so plagued the sport in recent years rearing its ugly head.

That is until last week, when it was revealed that Mikel Astarloza, winner of Stage 16 and 11th overall, tested positive for recombinant erythropoietin (EPO) in an out-of-competition test in June. Continue reading

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