Laurels #1: I was bold three weeks ago in my predictions for the Vuelta a Espana: Carlos Sastre (CSC), Cadel Evans (Predictor-Lotto), Denis Menchov (Rabobank), and Stijn Devolder (Discovery). Sadly Stijn was sufficiently worn out from the season's racing that the Belgian National Champion may not even ride the World Championships in the next few days.
But the results are in: Denis Menchov (Rabobank), Carlos Sastre (CSC), Samuel Sanchez (Euskaltel-Euskadi), and Cadel Evans (Predictor-Lotto). It was a dominating ride by Menchov and, while his second win in the last of the Grand Tours, he didn't win this year's race because the guy who finished ahead of him was disqualified for doping.
(I had Samuel Sanchez on my fantasy team as well... and so snuck in another victory in our 'yobbos' sub-league.)
Laurels #2: ESPN.com has a nice story on the dissonance between China's proposition that the Beijing Olympics will be the 'cleanest' Olympics to date, the approximately $480million trade in illegal Chinese-made steroids, and the monster raids by the DEA this morning.