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Middle-aged cyclist wowing the competition in international race

Riding against opponents who on average are 14 years his junior, 41-year-old American Olympic cyclist Chris Horner could become the oldest-ever winner of one of his sport's biggest races, the Tour of Spain, AP reporter John Miller reports. Horner, known to fans in his Bend, Ore., home as the “Flying Smile” because of his big grin, is in second place with four stages left. The man to beat, 28-year-old Italian Vincenzi Nibali, wasn't even a teenager when Horner began his professional cycling career in 1997. Horner, a father of three, is aiming to put down the same marker as other middle-aged champions and standouts: Jack Nicklaus with his 1986 Masters win at 46; pitcher Nolan Ryan with his 1991 no-hitter at 44; and, just last week, Diana Nyad, at 64 becoming the first to swim 110 miles between Cuba and Florida without a shark cage, to name a few. Click below for Miller's full report.

Exergy drops men’s cycling team sponsorship, cites doping scandal

Here's a news item from the Associated Press: BOISE, Idaho (AP) ― The owner of a struggling Idaho renewable energy developer who blames utilities for killing his business' projects now blames doping for forcing him to pull his sponsorship money from men's pro cycling. Exergy Development Group Chief Executive Officer James Carkulis says his company will end its three-year support of a men's cycling team. From his Boise offices, Carkulis issued a statement Tuesday accusing the cycling industry of failing to grasp the sport's “scandal and deceit.” Apart from Carkulis' ethical concerns, however, his business has been foundering. Exergy's problems include $323 million in suspended Idaho wind projects, loss of control of a Minnesota wind farm, federal lawsuits targeting it for not meeting financial obligations and the possible cancellation of two biogas-to-power projects amid a dispute with utility Idaho Power Co.

You can read more on this here from Velo News.

Boise’s Kristin Armstrong wins gold medal in Olympic cycling time trial

Boise's Kristin Armstrong won the gold medal this morning in the Olympic cycling time trial in London, her second straight Olympic gold in the event. Armstrong, 38, beat Judith Arndt of Germany by more than 15 seconds; Arndt took the silver medal, while Olga Zabelinskaya of Russia took the bronze. Click below for a full report from AP sports writer Dave Skretta in London.

Be careful out there…

I returned today from my furlough/vacation of a week and a half to the troubling news that a third experienced adult bicyclist has been struck and killed on Boise-area roads, this time in a bike lane just blocks from my home. That’s three in a month. Be careful out there.

Among the political news items I missed while I was gone: Gov. Butch Otter was elected vice chairman of the Western Governors Association at their meeting last weekend, to serve under Democratic Montana Gov. Brian Schweitzer; Idaho Sen. Mike Crapo met with U.S. Supreme Court nominee Sonia Sotomayor and gave this account; state parks Director Bob Meinen stepped down from his post for health reasons; and Idaho House Majority Caucus Chairman Ken Roberts, R-Donnelly, announced that he’ll run next year for the 1st Congressional District seat now held by Democratic Rep. Walt Minnick, making Roberts the second Republican to announce; Vaughn Ward already is in the race. Still no word from former one-term GOP Rep. Bill Sali, whom Minnick defeated, on whether he’ll try for a comeback.

Meanwhile, the University of Idaho launched an investigation after media reports that the head of the UI Caine Veterinary Teaching and Research Center in Caldwell testified both to the state Legislature and in federal court documents that there’s no evidence bighorn sheep catch diseases from domestic sheep, though research at the center as far back as 1994 showed such a link; the director, Marie Bulgin, is a past president of the Idaho Wool Growers Association, and the issue was a hot political one this year as lawmakers passed a law that short-circuited a collaborative effort between sheep ranchers and bighorn advocates. Here’s the university’s official statement:

“The University of Idaho is aware of media reports about professor of veterinary medicine Marie Bulgin’s comments on big horn sheep research and takes seriously concerns raised by those reports. A complete understanding of the facts is imperative and the university is investigating the matter thoroughly. Our scholarly and creative activity, which includes research, seeks to generate knowledge to strengthen the scientific, economic, cultural, social and legal foundations of an open, diverse and democratic society. The people of Idaho count on us to be fair, diligent and candid, and we place the utmost importance on that responsibility. The university will take appropriate steps to ensure the integrity of its research.”

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Betsy Z. Russell covers Idaho news from The Spokesman-Review's bureau in Boise.

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