Paul Kimmage takes on Allen Lim, one of the the physiologists behind Powertap and various methods of training with power. Like the borderline libelous piece by Neal Rogers implying Ricardo Ricco is a doper, this one implies that Lim supplied dope to Floyd Landis, and is probably doing so with Garmin. It's another smear job that raises false questions - e.g. "I'm not saying you are supplying dope to all the pro cyclists in the world, just that serious questions have been raised."
Y'know. Because riders who use a Powertap are doing it just to cover up for their doping, right?
That Kimmage is so quick to point the finger at Lim, when Phonak had a history of riders with synthetic testosterone busts, tells you that his piece is a poorly-researched or poorly thought out hit job. That drug was a problem on Phonak long before Floyd got there; it didn't show up with Lim.
I used to think Kimmage deserved some respect for writing "Rough Road." I'd thought it was a principled rejection of drug culture, and that he isn't the asshole a lot of people seem to think he is.
Oh well. I guess I was mistaken. It happens.
This doesn't take away from the glory of today's stage, up and over Tourmalet, and later up Hautacam. Damn. That's more climbing in a day than most people do on a bicycle in their entire lives. The surprise of the day wasn't the great climber Piepoli winning it for Saunier Duval. The surprise was VandeVelde, hanging in with the G.C. contenders, keeping a grip on third place, and even initiating some accelerations on the final hill.
The Bethmale cheese was pretty nice, a subtle, tangy cheese, slightly soft, and very creamy on the palate. It was milder than a lot of goat cheeses, and tasted just a little salty. Accompanied by a robust red burgundy, it was just the ticket for watching the last hour or two of suffering.
Tomorrow is a rest day. The cheese for tomorrow is - Kraft American Slices, melted onto some nice grilled hamburgers. Mmmmmmm. The proper drink is an ice cold Miller High Life.