El Pistolero, Machado and winter track

Our readers sound off on Alberto Contador's victory salute, Portuguese standout Tiago Machado and bringing track cycling to the Winter Games.

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Let’s not go off half-cocked here


Already? We’ve already got to endure Alberto Contador with his fake pistola? This is excruciating. I don’t think I can handle another season of this. Quick, call the Fake Crisis Hotline — I’ve got a fake pistola to my head and I might pull the fake trigger because I can’t take it any longer. Aiieeeee!

Pat Mause

Tucson, Arizona

That thar’s some straight shootin’, podnuh. — Editor

Machado looks promising


I noticed that The Shack rider from Portugal, Tiago Machado, made the podium in the Volta ao Algarve, which Alberto Contador won. I’m no aficionado, but could there be an untold plan for this young  rider? Do you suppose he will be on The Shack’s Tour de France team? Lance Armstrong has a way of finding diamonds in the rough with GC abilities. What do you think?

Keith Whelpley

Las Cruces, New Mexico

Keith, for your answer let’s turn to José Azevedo, the Portuguese ex-pro who rode in support of Armstrong for his last two Tour victories and is now a sport director with RadioShack. In an interview with European correspondent Andrew Hood, Azevedo called Machado “an important rider for the future” who “needs to race in the big events against the top riders.” — Editor

Forget ’cross — bring track to the Winter Games


I think we should move the track events to the Winter Games. Most tracks are built with roofs now and it would mesh with the track World Cup. Maybe we could get the pursuit back?

Charlie Anderson

Minneapolis, Minnesota

The fun part would be watching the sprinters trying to trackstand on ice. — Editor

Name ’em and shame ’em


If people are really serious about cleaning up our sport, then let’s name the cyclists who brought drugs off Joe Papp. Until there is accountability, cyclists will still watch their own EPO levels and doctor their results, as needs be.

Dave Hodgson

Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada