--Cervelo has entered into an agreement to be acquired by Pon Holdings, a family-owned Dutch company. Recently, the company has been buying up bike manufacturers. It will now have one of the most desired brands in cycling and Phil and Gerard will have a very merry Christmas!l
--Okay, sorry about the false Contador news. I saw a Tweet to an article and, well I assumed it was referencing a recent article, not one from a year ago. Anywho, no news on Contador. I still stand by my prediction that he'll be let off the hook.
--Liz Hatch is officially the most used model for any cycling or sports or active dating related site:
Earlier this year I saw another for Outgoing.me with her on it. This one is for some site or service or group or whatever called Bicycle Dreams.
If you find any others please send them over (@jstreebin).
--Looks like Accent Jobs-Willems, the conti team, has one-upped all the other teams' team-building exercises by putting their riders...in a sewer in Kortrijk! That's so much more team-building than Saxo Bank's camps!
--Rumor has it that the 2013 Tour will feature not one, but two climbs up Alp d'Huez! (And please, no doping.) Reminds me of the comments around the 2009 Giro with all the horrible transfers: "And you expect us to not dope?!"
--Any of you ever have that problem where you pull up to a light and there are no cars so you can't trip the light? No More! Introducing the Traffic Light Changer!
That's right, this allows you to flip the switch without riding with your handy dandy 1 ton weight you use for these specific circumstances.
--Considering there's been little to no news lately (or at least of interest), this is pretty big. Looks like Wiggle, the online British bike parts seller, has been acquired for $230m. I wouldn't have thought it, or almost anything in cycling, would be worth that much.
Anywho, back to no news...
--For those of you who enjoyed the awkward Liquigas pic the other day, Neil Browne has a nice collection up.
According to the emails that were obtained, Vino paid $134,000 (I'm guessing it was 100,000 euros in the article) for the victory. I'm already saving for my LBL!
--Well, speaking of allegations, it appears Landis' allegations about corruption at the UCI have gained some traction with the director general of WADA, David Howman.
"Yes it was possible. Remember, that was all before the [WADA] code so there wasn’t the same monitoring. The second thing is, there are lots of things that are possible that might not happen. But if you looked at the whole process now I could find ways and means myself of trying to beat it. That means people who have a mind to beat the system will use those tactics."
--Jim (@jwbender) pointed out I may have made a mistake in my post about Sir Mark Cavendish. Jim wasn't sure that he's actually a "Sir" after receiving the MBE. Anyone know the answer to this? I'll ping my British friends and see what they say.
--I'll leave you with this awkward pic from the Liquigas training camp: