I could be wrong here, but for some reason I believe that one of the 2-3 new riders/signings that Jonathan Vaughters says will "turn some heads" might be Nathan O'Neill.
Now I know I've been on a bit of a doper rampage for a few posts, but I honestly don't think Nathan deserves to be stoned to death.
Yes he's a bit of an old codger- kinda like me- however, I think he might be a good addition to the team. Moreover, I think he got a raw deal.
Nathan received a 15 month suspension after testing positive for the appetitite supressant/stimulant phentaramine during the 2007 Tour of Elk Grove in the USA. He openly admitted using the substance PRIOR to the competition- WHICH IS COMPLETELY LEGAL- yet TRACES of the substance remained in his system. Thus a 23 month ban which was commuted to 15 months.
Well, Nathan's suspension ends on November 12 of this year. And I believe that Garmin Chipotle will be signing him. I just sensed some camaraderie between Nate and my boys as hedid the online commentating for several races this year. Like Millar, I believe that Vaughters will sign him to bring some more experience to the team.
I like Nathan O'Neill and feel he was badly served by the UCI. I hope that he goes on and continues to fight the good fight-specifically as a Chipotle rider.
I'd be interested to know what the Aussie contingent of readers think about Nate.