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Lance Armstrong and Tour to remember Casartelli, Hamilton has two-week wait for USADA verdict, Cling

Lance Armstrong and Tour to remember Casartelli, Hamilton has two-week wait for USADA verdict, Cling
PIC BY TDWSPORT.COM The Tour de France organisation is set to pay tribute to the memory of Fabio Casartelli on the 10th anniversary of his death on the Portet d'Aspet. Representatives from the Tour and six-time Tour winner Lance Armstrong, who was one of Casartelli's Motorola team-mates on the Tour that year, will travel by helicopter to the monument remembering Casartelli on the Pyrenean mountain during the second rest day of this year's Tour. Members of Casartelli will also attend the memorial, which will be followed by a religious service in the Pyrenean city of Pau. - Tyler Hamilton's hearing in Denver with the US Anti-Doping Agency about his positive blood doping test ended on Wednesday with the Olympic time trial champion testifying for two hours. Hamilton's lawyer, Howard Jacobs, gave no comment on the specifics discussed during the case, but did say that a verdict is expected within two weeks. "It's in the hands of the arbitrators now," Jacobs told the Denver Post. "They listened to the evidence, and now we just have to wait and see how they decide it." Jacobs did tell the paper that the USADA had called on scientific experts to validate the test, although he said that the experts "weren't authors of the validation papers." - Further to yesterday's story about Webcor's David Clinger being told his career with the team could be in jeopardy if he doesn't have a Maori-style face tattoo removed, today's Austin American Statesman reports that they caught up with the rider at his parents' California home. Clinger got the tattoo during the off-season while travelling in his fiance's home country of Argentina. The two-day procedure was undertaken against his fianc's wishes. "I knew the team might not like it, but I went ahead and did it anyway," Clinger said of the tattoo. "I wouldn't think they would fire me." Speaking to the Statesman, Clinger said it could cost as much as $10,000 to remove the $150 tatto from his face, and that he has already undertaken the first bout of laser treatment to do so. According to the Statesman, "Clinger said he got the tattoo not so much for the appearance but for the acupuncture effect of the needles on his face, where his muscles were tense and needed to be loosened." "I was having new experiences throughout the world. I read about this stuff in a book why they did it and what they did. Well, I didn't read it, but I saw the pictures. It's like anything else, if you want to do it, you do it no matter what," Clinger told the Statesman. He added that the 20-hour, two-day procedure was painful but had made him mentally tougher to handle the rigours of cycling. Asked why he had some an extreme tattoo and is now having it removed so soon afterwards, Clinger said: "I'm pretty mellow. I just hang out. I do what I do to get my bike racing done. It's the company that promotes this team, and if this is how they want to spend their money, then I will do what they want."
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