Countdown to an implosion …

From Velonews: Rock Racing sues to get into Tour de Georgia

Rock Racing is suing the Tour de Georgia’s owner and its organizing company, asking to be let into the race that starts April 21.

The team’s owner, Rock Racing LLC, filed a complaint April 8 asking for an injunction against the race’s owner — the Tour de Georgia Foundation, and its organizer, Medalist Sports, court records show.

A hearing in the case is scheduled for Tuesday in superior court in Fulton County, Georgia.

Rock Racing spokeswoman Martine Charles said the team had an “oral agreement” with Medalist Sports to participate in the race.

“It was revoked at the last minute. We’re pursuing legal alternatives,” she said.

Last month, Medalist’s Jim Birrell told VeloNews that Rock Racing was not invited to the race simply because there is not enough room for the team.

“There are a finite number of slots we’re interested in filling, and it’s hard, there are too many qualified teams to extend invites to, and not enough slots,” Birrell said.

Has a lawsuit ever helped anything in professional cycling, except draining the coffers of the team?

At least the Amgen Tour of California was honest about why it was excluding various members of the (Crack) Rock Racing team … doping allegations, and open investigations into Operación Puerto.

Medalist’s story seems unlikely, but convenient. Rock Racing is bad for cycling … even for the clean riders on the team (and I’m sure the vast majority are), the bad boy image doesn’t help. And the Escalades and podium girls just make it all about image; not about the sport.

Tick-tock, tick-tock, how soon the implosion for the Rock?

5 Replies to “Countdown to an implosion …

  1. Sorry, but ain’t going to happen (implosion). I hope they sue the shit out of Jim Birrell and the Medalist flunkies.

    Your just another of the self-rightous assholes that can’t accept change and playing by the rules. The fact is that Puerto isn’t happening and will never be any further investigations. Everyone of those guys holds a current valid UCI license and has every right to race. Lose your hard-on against Rock Racing, they are here to stay as their moto states. Medalist story contains as much bullshit as Jim Birrell can produce without drowning in it.

  2. For the sake of riders like Doug Ollerenshaw and Mike Creed, I hope I’m wrong …

    But there’s a right way and a wrong way to go about things; and flaunting the bad-boy image is not the way to do it.

    If you’re trying to prove that you can be a winning team and clean, hiring 3 riders with heavy doping allegations (and a whole lot of circumstantial evidence), along with another rider under suspicion is not the way to do it.

    Throw in all of the rest of the flash and someone who admits he doesn’t know what a directeur sportif does, but insists on running the show to the extent that someone who actually DOES know something about bike racing (and not as hype), like Frankie Andreu, gets pushed out of the team.

    Look … I’m just expressing my opinion, as you have above … And I approved the comment so other readers can see it, and comment on it in return if they choose.

    I welcome the dialogue.

  3. And I agree that Birrell’s story is likely full of it … hence the admittedly weak comment that “Medalist’s story seems unlikely, but convenient.”

    I much prefer Slipstream’s approach to racing and the fight against doping than Rock Racing’s … and I much prefer David Millar’s approach to getting caught than Tyler Hamilton’s …

    Again, my opinion.

  4. First, didn’t the guys from the OP case serve out their suspension? Case closed on that one.

    Next, according to several stories I’ve read, Rock was invited to the Tour de Georgia. Then suddenly uninvited. That’s grounds for a lawsuit in my book.

    Finally, bad boy image or not, Rock is getting more publicity than any other pro team out there. So why not jump on the bandwagon and invite them to your race? Don’t the race organizers want press for Georgia?

  5. I love anonymous posters.

    Tyler served his time for testing positive at the Olympics, not for involvement in Puerto, which investigation is still ongoing (allegedly). Neither Botero nor Sevilla have been banned as of yet for OP.

    What stories have you read indicating they were invited, and then uninvited? Citations, please.

    Press is not good if it causes sponsors to back out, which is the most likely reason for not inviting them …

    Too bad, though … from what I can tell Cesar Grajales has yet to start a race in 2008 …

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