Poll # 2 – Astana: dead or alive?

———> Has the sun set on the team from the former Kazakh Soviet Socialist Republic? With the UCI threatening within a week to revoke the team’s ProTour license, held by Bruyneel, it’s up to Tex to save the day. Will he? Vote now.

New Poll – Cycling Death Watch 1

Per the recommendation of Burt Hoovis, Pappillon features its first-ever poll: Which velo-drama will happen first?

[NOTE: Poll is in right-side menu bar at top of the column —->]

This Cycling Death Watch asks the question: will Rock Racing kick the bucket before Philly, leaving Paco Mancebo on the dole, or will the race once known as the CoreStates United States Pro Cycling Championship (which was won by Roberto Gaggioli of all people in 1988) disappear from the calendar and fade into the wikipedia category, “Defunct cycling races,” alongside former monuments like the Thrift Drug Classic and the Tour de Trump?

I’m not a gambling man, but if I was, I’d still have no idea how to handicap this or even offer odds. So, if anyone from the old Sportsbook.com team is in my audience, please feel free to lay down some odds in a comment to this post.

I’ll leave option #3 in the poll until you guys tell me in great enough numbers that it’s inappropriate or otherwise confusing the issue (guess not, didn’t realize that once a vote is cast the poll can no longer be edited)…and Gag’, if you’re out there and can email me a digital photo of you crossing the line at Corestates, or even a scan of the old Michelin advert., I’d appreciate it.

Finally, anyone else like how this image (reproduced on the right) shows up on page three of a Google search for photos of Gag‘? And no, that is not Gaggioli’s ex-wife Lynn, who can be seen in the screen cap below…