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I am tired of Discovery/USPS riders talking. Now Mike Barry.
Last Post 05/02/2014 03:05 AM by Ronn Berrol. 12 Replies.
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Keith Richards


04/30/2014 04:03 PM
I actually expected better of him, ah well. I guess they have to sell books now to make money.
In Shadows on the Road, Barry claims that when Hoste attacked with Boonen in the finale of the 2006 Ronde, they reached a financial agreement that also ensured that another Discovery Channel teammate, George Hincapie, was removed from contention. Hincapie won the sprint for third place, 1:17 down, although the result has since been disqualified after he confessed to doping in 2012. “Immediately they [Hoste and Boonen] cooperated, forging a gap ahead of George and the others. As I watch the scenario unfold, the riders spoke for a few moments together and then with our directeur, who followed in the team car. It was apparent that a deal had been made, with George left out, his legs strong enough to win but his hands tied by shady racing tactics and backroom deals,” Barry wrote. “Money had determined the outcome, as it does in far too many races, merely adding to the corruption of the sport.”

Leif Hoste has refuted Michael Barry’s allegation that he sold the 2006 Tour of Flanders to Tom Boonen.
----- It is his word versus ours. We like our word. We like where we stand and we like our credibility."--Lance Armstrong.


04/30/2014 04:46 PM
Well a lot of these guys have some stories to tell but they have been pre-empted by USADA. When USADA suspended these guys, the value of their books plummeted.

I think Barry always fancied himself a bit of a writer with an inside scoop. His audience is the casual fan who is still titillated by this stuff.

In the end, Hosta may have made a good deal as I'm sure it was more money than he would have gotten from George's improbable win. FWIW Hoste didn't last long at Disco did he?


04/30/2014 04:47 PM
I agree, Keith. Looks like an attempt to lessen the stigma of being a doper by saying that other (in this case, unproven) bad things went on in cycling.
Orange Crush


04/30/2014 05:59 PM
I hope these are e-books cause the trees all this talking kills are better spent on producing toilet paper
Cosmic Kid


04/30/2014 06:21 PM
Hah...shows my perspective on the whole thing. My first reaction was "what? Didn't he already confess?"

Just say "NO!" to WCP!!!!


04/30/2014 07:57 PM
i an going to need a big dose of Tramadol to slog through Barry's latest book.


05/01/2014 07:13 AM
Whatever. He is just an average domestique. Up next Steffen Kjærgaard Story Uncensored.


05/01/2014 11:21 AM
fixed it for you, he was pretty harsh on doping if I recall. don't you love irony
Posted By Michael Carbajal on 05/01/2014 07:13 AM
Whatever. He is just an average holier than thou domestique. Up next Steffen Kjærgaard Story Uncensored.



05/01/2014 12:22 PM
Tyler took huge abuse over his book, wonder if anyone else will.


05/01/2014 12:28 PM
Good one JA


05/01/2014 10:45 PM
Can't wait for the Eki tell all.


05/01/2014 11:28 PM
This doesn't bother me much. I see it as far better than the lie we were told over and over about how clean LA and his team were while all that was happening. Every one of them can write a book or two. I am under no pressure to buy or read them but back in the day, it was hard not to hear the protestations of innocence if you had any interest in pro racing.

I might pull the book I hear is the best read out of the library in a few years. Could be good entertainment.



05/02/2014 03:05 AM
Intellectually I agree with you, but after how long and hard these yahoos denied their drug use and feined hurt and indignation over any questions about PED's it is fascintating now how many of them are falling all over themselves to "confess" and clear their consiciousnesses. If it is possibly they appear even more pathetic in their come clean modes
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