Friday, June 26, 2009

Stahurskaia killed in Belorussia

Stahurskaia killed in Belorussia

Published: Jun. 26, 2009
Stahurskaia, after winning the Grande Boucle féminine cycliste in 2002.
Stahurskaia, after winning the Grande Boucle féminine cycliste in 2002.

Former world road champion Zinaida Stahurskaia was killed Thursday in a training accident after being hit by a car. She was 38.

Officials from the Interior ministry in Belorussia confirmed her death Friday. Stahurskaia won the 2000 world title and the 2002 women’s Tour de France, but saw her legacy tainted when she served a two-year racing ban in 2006.

According to reports, a car coming from the opposite direction crossed into Stahurskaia’s lane and slammed into her head-on. Her trainer was following behind her in a car and had to swerve to avoid hitting on the oncoming car, officials said.

Stahurskaia, who has lived in Italy for several years, returned to her native Belorussia to train for this weekend’s national championships.

She had several run-ins with doping officials, with a pair of months-long bans in 2002 and 2004, before finally serving a two-year ban in 2006 after anti-doping controls found high levels of testosterone and an anabolic steroid in her system.

Thursday, June 25, 2009

Astana names Tour team: Contador & Armstrong to lead

Astana names Tour team: Contador & Armstrong to lead

Susan Westemeyer
June 25, 17:15,
June 25, 16:55
Tour de France
Alberto Contador (Astana)

Alberto Contador (Astana)

"The New French Revolution"

Alberto Contador and Lance Armstrong will lead Team Astana at the Tour de France, starting July 4 in Monaco. The team announced its Tour line-up Thursday with a video release on its website, introducing “The New French Revolution”, as “9 Riders join forces to take over France.”

Contador, who won the Tour in 2007, and Armstrong, who won in 1999-2005, will be primarily supported by Andreas Klöden, who finished second in the Tour in 2004 and 2006, and Levi Leipheimer, who was third in the Tour in 2007.

Team manager Johan Bruyneel said that Contador “has worked very hard, earning the right to represent our team as the leader this July.” He added that Armstrong “is extremely motivated for the Tour de France.”

The squad also includes Yaroslav Popovych, Haimar Zubeldia, Sergio Paulinho, and Gregory Rast. Kazakh rider Dimitriy Muravyey completes the line up and will be making his Tour debut.

Friday, June 19, 2009

Tom Edison Fixed Tricks

For all the new skool fixie dudes doing tricks, learn some from the old skool.


Friday, June 12, 2009

Two cyclists killed near Tulsa

Tausah Borland, was detained Tuesday evening on suspicion of drunk driving.
Tausah Borland, was detained Tuesday evening on suspicion of drunk driving.

Two amateur racers died Tuesday while on a training ride after being struck by an SUV near Tulsa, Oklahoma. Another rider was seriously injured in the crash.

The driver of the SUV, 38-year-old Tausah Borland, was detained Tuesday evening on suspicion of drunk driving. She was released after posting bail of $100,000. An Oklahoma Highway Patrol spokesman told VeloNews that it could be four to five weeks before Borland's blood test results are available and county prosecutors decide whether to charge her.

Killed in the accident were Angela Voss, 33, and Matthew Edmonds, 34. Both were members of the Bicycles of Tulsa Race Team. Another team member, John Moore, 40, was injured and was treated and released from a nearby hospital.

According to a Highway Patrol report, Borland was driving the same direction as the cyclists on State Highway 51 in Sand Springs when she "swerved onto the south shoulder for unknown reason, striking the three bicyclists." The report said Borland continued on for another quarter mile before stopping.

A report on the Web site said that passing motorists stopped Borland.

"Our team is devastated," a Bicycles of Tulsa member told VeloNews. "Matt and Christa were bright stars and the world is a lesser place without them."

The team has set up a fund for the Voss and Edmonds families. Donations can be mailed to:

Bank of Oklahoma
Edmonds and Voss Memorial Fund
PO Box 2300
Tulsa, OK 74192

Donations to the fund can be made via PayPal by sending the donation to