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Jim Ochowicz is a corrupt piece of garbage and most people I talk to in
the sport say the same
thing: He's an embarrassment to the sport. Let's take an objective look
at what "Och" - as he's
known to his sycophants - has done for the sport of cycling:

1.) He ran a pro cycling team and failed to require them to wear
helmets, resulting in the death
of Fabio Casartelli, an Olympic gold medalist. It is without question
that Och had the
authority to require riders on his team to wear helmets for their
safety, and he failed to do
so. Although in fairness to Och, who wudda thunk that cyclists could
fall off their bike in a
2,300 mile race with technical descents in the rain? Perhaps Och should
get a copy of Saul
Raisin's book about what happens when a watermelon is dropped from 7
feet above the asphalt.

2.) Jim Ochowicz didn't have the talent as a director sportif/manager
to win the Tour de France
with either 7-Eleven or Motorola. So now, he's trying to buy his way
into the Tour Hall of Fame
with a used car from Australia with bald tires (Cadel "Don't Touch Me"
Evans), who everybody
knows is yesterday's news when it comes to being a GC contender in Grand
Tours. The way a
real talented director/manager would have done it is to build a winner
through leadership and
skills by taking a nobody rider and turning him into a champion, the way
Bruyneel did with Lance
Armstrong. Had Lance ridden for Och from 1999-2005, he never would have
won any Tours. So now
Och is trying to 'buy' a used Apollo rocket and claim he was involved in
the space program in
order to claim that elusive lunar landing. With Lance and Bruyneel, at
least there was a
Rocky-like Cinderella story behind it. Nobody expected Lance to win the
'99 Tour.

But this is the guy Och is trying to convince the world is going to win
the Tour de France:


3.) Och failed to realize that batteries in a race radio might get
depleted and to bring some
extras (who wudda thunk batteries go dead? Certainly not the manager of
the Motorola team). As
a result of this, the entire USA men's road team failed to realize that
3 Telekoms went up the
road and swept the podium in an Olympics road race (2000 Sydney Games).
This is a mistake that
one would only expect from an autistic child on Ritalin. But in 2000,
Och was that child.

4.) Och fired USA Cycling CEO Gerard Bisceglia after Bisceglia asked Och
to stop using his
position in USA Cycling to enrich himself by making 6-figure backroom
deals that would likely
only have occurred due to his position on USA Cycling. I can't think of
any reason why BMC
would pay Och $100,000 to "help" arrange a sponsorship. When Bisceglia
told him to stop doing
that, Och - being the corrupt pussy he is - retaliated against Bisceglia
and got his lover boy
Steve Johnson and the rest of the zombies to fire him. Bisceglia sued
and it was settled out of
court. Och is perfectly content to make the membership pay the jacked
up insurance premium or
costs of that settlement and litigation fees due to his own personal
greed. After all, Och is a
'grassroots guy' who wants to do everything in his power to make sure
racing license fees don't
soar over $80 because of greed, corruption and waste at USA

5.) Och had a key leadership role on the Olympic selection committee at
USA Cycling when it
completely botched the Sue Haywood matter, resulting in a $380,000
judgment against USA
Cycling. Och once again sticks the membership with paying for that
settlement and the legal
fees associated with that lawsuit. Grand total: over $450,000. Not
being content to have
helped kill an Olympic gold medalist back in '95, Och helped ruin the
Olympic dream of Sue
Haywood in 2004.

6.) Och, Steve Johnson, and the rest of the Wiesel groupies lost another
$200,000+ judgment to
Les Earnest for rigging an election and fastracking some legislation
back in like 2000. Once
again, Och is perfectly content to force the membership to pay for his
corruption and
incompetence, just like Fabio Casartelli had to pay with his life and
Sue Haywood had to pay
with her Olympic dream ...all because of Och's poor judgment.

7.) As if the death of an Olympic gold medalist Fabio Casartelli in '95
and ruined dream of
mountain biker Sue Haywood in 2004 wasn't enough, Och also supervised
USA Cycling and allowed
for the Becky Quinn sexual discrimination lawsuit case to materialize in
2008. In that case,
Och didn't think there was anything wrong with allowing the husband
(Andy Sparks) of an elite
track cyclist (Sarah Hammer) to be the coach of the Team USA track
program, which was clearly an
egregious conflict of interest that was a breeding ground for potential
lawsuits. There is no
other Olympic sports federation that allows the husband of a competitor
to be a coach of Team
USA, which essentially reduced the Olympic selection criteria for the
women's track program to
be that women had to give a blowjob to the coach in order to make the
Olympic team. And those
women track riders who didn't give a blowjob to the coach - such as
Becky Quinn - had to endure
a season of subtle harassment and sabotage to look forward to that cost
them their Olympic

So there's Jim "Och" Ochowicz for you - a nice guy doing nice things.
Always looking out for
the little guy, always doing things the fair and honest way.

I'm not sure what else Och did wrong, but once I finish eating my
delicious bagel with cream
cheese, I can probably churn out another Och manifesto.




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