Aug 18 2005
Well, I guess we all should have guessed this would happen as soon as Jan Ullrich declared his intentions to win the Tour of Germany: an American (Levi L) riding with the help of a teammate (Georg Totchnig) put nearly a minute into the big German diesel on Stage 4, and took the yellow jersey. The only downside on the day for Gerolsteiner was the fact that Totchnig, an Austrian, did not have the gas to win on his home soil. By far the biggest loser on the day was Bobby Julich, who lost over 10 minutes to his compatriot, and pretty much any shot he had at overall victory in the Tour.
Update on the Trenti affair now: he was caught during the HEW Cyclassics race(not out-of-competition, as reported yesterday), and has turned up positive for good old EPO. The urine test for EPO, however, is notorious for turning up false-postives; so much so that many high-profile anti-doping labs refuse to carry them out anymore. No word yet on whether Guidi will pull a Hamilton and make a Federal Case out of his innocence; what is certain is that Phonak manager John Lelangue is not psyched about this.