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Fight Breaks Out at Tour de France

Someone needs to tell these pro cyclists that they are not members of the Hells Angels. During Friday’s heated stage 6 of the 2010 Tour de France, Carlos Barredo found himself in the midst of a little scuffle with rival Rui Costa. The video tape shows Barredo, identified as the gentleman in the Quickstep uniform wielding a bicycle wheel over his head, literally fights Costa to the ground before the two riders were separated.

I’m honestly not sure how two professional cyclists get to the point in their minds where they say, “lets drop the bikes and do this.” The Tour slapped each cyclists with a fine, and that’s exactly what needed to happen. While there is no place for fighting in professional cycling (I can’t believe I have the opportunity to actually say that), I might suggest that the WWE take a page out of Barredo’s book and integrate a bike wheel into their next pay-per-view event. Check out this video of cyclists fighting at the Tour de France via Break Sports:

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Tour De France Rider Hits Opponent With Wheel [Sports Break]

Floyd Landis: Cycling’s Jose Canseco

Four years ago, cyclist Floyd Landis was the Tour de France leader and the new American hope to carry Lance Armstrong’s torch. After his surge on the 17th stage, Landis tested positive for elevated testosterone levels and he was later stripped of his Tour de France victory. Landis was then suspended two years by the USADA for using performance-enhancing drugs. Ever since his suspension, Landis has fought for his reputation by denying any use of PEDs. After four years of denial, Landis finally came clean on Wednesday night saying he wanted to clear his conscience. Landis added to ESPN that “[he doesn't] want to be part of the problem anymore.” Well, Landis has gone well beyond being part of the problem and he’s now taking the Jose Canseco approach to fixing things.

Much like Jose Canseco, the former baseball star who felt blackballed by MLB, Landis called himself a pariah who had little chance of ever riding for an elite team. I’m sure his status in the cycling world has driven him to his decision to blow the lid off the scandal in the sport. The Wall Street Journal says Landis fired off emails to USA Cycling and the International Cycling Union detailing his and others’ PED usage:

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Do Not Talk About Greg LeMond’s Weenie

Alright, I’m not too hip to all that is cycling smear, but this is quite catchy.  Greg LeMond admitted to being sexually molested as a child, when he was testifying in Floyd Landis’ doping hearing.

He came, he said, to tell the truth testifying that he had shared the secret of the abuse with Landis, accused of doping in last year’s Tour de France, in a phone call last August. He did so, he said, in the hope that if Landis, too, had a secret to share that Landis would come clean.

Under oath, LeMond also disclosed that he’d received a call Wednesday night, the evening before he was to testify, from someone purporting to be his uncle who said, I’ll be there tomorrow and we can talk about how we used to hide your weenie.

Well, turns out the phone number appearing on LeMond’s cell phone belonged to Floyd Landis’ now former business manager.  So yes, this is considered as Floyd Landis’ party trying to bully the witness, LeMond.  And another detail — LeMond wore all black on Thursday, a stark contrast to the yellow tie he sported the other three days of the hearing.  Why you ask? 

The black, he told another reporter who repeated the quote to me, represents the end of any credibility Greg LeMond has left.

Well, Greg LeMond may say he has no credibility left.  I beg to differ.  If you ask me what the first thing I think of when I hear the name Greg LeMond, I think sexually molested kid famous cyclist.  End of story.