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Rider Diaries

A complete listing of Cyclingnews' diarists can be found here.

Tales from the Peloton


Ten former mountain bikers who've gone to the road
Ardennes Classics: Doin' the Ardennes double
Great moments in Classics history – the Ardennes Classics
The Julich chronicles: Crashing is the cyclist's curse
The Tour de France ladder: Astana all the way!
Paris-Roubaix: BMC's wild Roubaix wildcard ride
Paris-Roubaix favorites: Roubaix's hit list
Ten must-know cross country mountain bikers
Great moments in Classics history
- the Cobbles
Women in men's cycling: The feminine touch
Milano-Sanremo: Glory on the via roma
Spring Classics: Bartoli holds court
Training in Tucson: Mountain bikers follow the sun
The Julich chronicles: From behind the barriers...
Tour de France: Tracking the Tour contenders in March
Spring Classics: 10 riders who need a result
Photo feature: Tour of California in the frame
Levi Leipheimer: Tour of California is golden
Floyd Landis: breaks radio silence
Tour director: Charting the course for Tour of California
Tour of Qatar: Prudhomme's desert vision
Columbia's young champions: Keller and Fahlin
The Julich chronicles: Battle of the bulge
State of cycling: Riders' lack of power
Tour Down Under : When the stars align
Team Columbia : New colours for 2009
Team Milram : New and different in 2009
Bob Stapleton & Allan Peiper: United Colours of Columbia

News features


News feature: Freiburg report details cycling's dark side
Astana's Giro chances: Astana versus Italy
News feature: Ivanov grabs his Amstel at last
Paris-Roubaix: In the eye of the storm
Flanders: Boonen wants face-off with Pozzato
'Pippo' Pozzato marks 2009's first win on eve of Flanders
Sanremo: Cavendish came and conquered
Milano-Sanremo: Aussie intervention in la Classicisima
Milano-Sanremo: King Armstrong holds court in Milan's Castello Sforzesco
Tour of California: Who can beat Levi in the Solvang time trial?
Tour of California: Cali-climb-ication
Tour of California: Preparing for the big show
Astana: Adopting the Californian way
Stuart O'Grady: Can O'Grady three-peat in the Tour Down Under?
André Greipel: Unlucky Tour Down Under blow
Oscar Pereiro: The other big comeback
Lance Armstrong: All I wanna do is have some fun

2008 Features

The Julich chronicles: Cross-training with the pro
Tour de France: German broadcasters have tough choice
Track: US track talents storm Europe
Astana 2009 Preview: A winning formula once again?
The 2008 season: Biggest moments, part two
The 2008 season: Biggest moments, part one
Garmin launch: Winning is the word
The new kids on the block
The Julich chronicles: The business of cycling
Brad McGee: Last ride
Sean Kelly: RAF challenge
Giro di Lombardia: Soloing for the win
Procycling: When does brilliance become boring?
Procycling: Tour of Portugal fights to clean up
'Cross feature: North American season bigger than ever
World Championships - Spanish armada cruising for Freire
Book excerpt: Heroes, Villains and Veloromes: Chris Hoy and Britain's Track Cycling Revolution
Tales from the start ramp: BMX awaits Olympic destiny
Olympics: Danish track turnaround
Carlos Sastre: Champion with heart
Olympic Games: The Road to Success
Racing in China: The last frontier?
The week that was: Tour kicks off as contracts are signed
Procycling: In search of Abdoujaparov
MTB news feature: Great Divide racers get second option
USA Cycling president Mark Abramson: The era of the collegian
The anatomy of bike position: Steve Hogg talks you through bike set-up
Nürnberger women's team: Planning a big year
Team Type 1: Racing for a healthy life
Paris-Roubaix Favourites: Mud or dust: Who's got the legs?
Riders preview Roubaix parcours: A photo gallery
Making the grade: Deciding Tour de Georgia invites
Flanders Favourites: Who will win?
The Hellingen of the Ronde Van Vlaanderen 2008
Vlaanderen: At the heart of Flanders
Harelbeke's E3 Prijs: CSC plays its cards
Milano-Sanremo: Sprinters foiled in La Classicissima
Marco Polo's journey: Stepping up a gear
Kuurne-Brussels-Kuurne: Quick Step back in business
Het Volk: Gilbert: Doing it the Merckxian way
Marco Polo's journey: Part I - The early years
Sierra Grade: The beast of San Jose
Bissell: How they prepared for the Tour of California
Health Net: Quality versus quantity
Toyota United: Pre-season camp in Solvang
Tour of California photo feature: Teams hit the road for a pre-competition training ride
Team High Road presentation
La Française des Jeux: Team presentation
Jonathan Vaughters: Captaining the Slipstream ship
'L'Etape' Down Under: A sea of ochre
Tour Down Under: All the way to the top
Quick Step: Rolling in Spain
Gerolsteiner: Quality over quantity
Euskaltel-Euskadi: Team work!
Milram: New Identity
Caisse d'Epargne: Regularity rules
Team Slipstream/Chipotle presents 'The New Face of American Cycling'
Cofidis team launch 2008
Rasmus Damsgaard: The man with the (anti-doping) plan
On track: Malaysia aims for Olympic glory
Euro 'Cross Camp: Promising young Americans go abroad
News feature: Armstrong: Contador is the best
News feature: Bjarne's next battle
Exposed: CERA's shadow casts doubt
News feature: Cheers, tears as Meares claims top honour
Walsh's view: The politics of anti-doping
Lance Armstrong: Looking for balance
The last half: A review of the ProTour teams' seasons: part one, part two,
Slow fuse ignites Prudhomme's third Tour
Team Garmin: Work is a four-letter word – part 2
Team Garmin: Work is a four-letter word – part 1
Damiano Cunego: A third Giro di Lombardia
Ghisallo: The Patron Saint of Cycling
Pat McQuaid: Ongoing battle for cycling's governing body
Rahsaan Bahati: Paving the way
ProTour 2011: AIGCP President Boyer raises questions
Lance Armstrong responds to testing times
News feature: American MTB series reinvented
News feature:Armstrong addresses industry
News feature: Armstrong still heading Down Under?
News feature: McQuaid pleased with peace deal
Scientists debate over Armstrong data
Texan cowboy riding back into action?
Katusha aims big for 2009
News feature: North American peloton in flux (part 2)
News feature: North American peloton in flux
Feedback given to UCI world cycling calendar announcement
News feature: US national racing calendar problems persist
News feature: Mechanics support US Team
Board talk: Olympic track event preview
Beijing Olympics: Will poor air quality mean poor performance?
News feature: Tour of California heads to Palomar
News feature: UCI unhappy with ProTour rejection
News feature: Sport reacts to ProTour meltdown
News feature: ProTour heading East?
News feature: CAS delivers final blow to Landis
A review of the ProTour teams' season to date
High Road's Stapleton on Columbia future
Garmin-Chipotle: Cycling's new deal
News feature: Great Divide racers get second option
News feature: Support and criticism for Boonen
Does Dauphiné success guarantee Tour victory?
News feature: McQuaid reacts to ASO decision
News feature: Tour de France sanctioned by FFC
News feature: Mid-season review, Part one, part two, part three, part four
News feature: Major Taylor monument unveiled
Henninger: The latest German victim
News feature: Innocently guilty? The Petacchi case
News feature: Road rage crash shocks Sydney
News feature: Valverde's Real objectives still to come
News feature: Scheldeprijs: Victory stolen on the line
Trek, LeMond at loggerheads
Team CSC: The best was not enough
Roubaix News: Boonen and Devolder lead team into hell
News feature: Symmetrics feeling the financial pinch
News feature: Ronde winner a Tour contender?
News feature: Cape Epic: A day in the life
News features: McQuaid warns of rival federation
Radio nowhere: Lefevere wants to keep in touch
News feature: Boyer in the line of fire
News feature: California accident
News feature: Women's North American racing improves
News feature: Boonen & Bettini ready for spring campaign
News feature: Dark clouds over 2008 season
News feature: Did the Vuelta's date change hurt the race?
News feature: ACE-ing the test: New frontiers in drug testing
News feature: Riders ready for Saturday showdown
News feature: Volksbank: Gong against the big guns
News feature: McQuaid: ASO decision is a 'monumental folly'
News feature: Sean Kelly pushes harder for 2008
News feature: Silence-Lotto – New name & a renewed focus
News feature: Asian cycling strengthening
News feature: German cycling under siege
News feature: Astana reborn
News feature: The American road to the big show
AG2R-La Mondiale: New name but few other change
Anna Meares: "I'm lucky, but disappointed"
News feature: UCI seeks fix for fed fight
Team Quick Step: On the eve of a crucial season
News feature: Independent testing to continue alongside 'biological passports'
Stefan Schumacher's "up-and-down" career
Season partners: Valverde & Pereiro
News Feature: Rock Racing on slippery slope

Les Woodland's retro

Les Woodland retro: Teams vanished and gone
Les Woodland retro: The man who almost won
Les Woodland retro: The cheekiest Tour stage win
Les Woodland retro: The shortest Tour de France ever
Les Woodland retro: Cold memories of Liège
Les Woodland retro: 1958: The year an outsider won Roubaix
Les Woodland retro: Reg Harris remembered
Les Woodland retro: Taking shortcuts
Les Woodland retro: Spring fever
Les Woodland retro: The mysterious hour record setter
Les Woodland retro: Russell Mockridge, An Australian pioneer

Cyclingnews' recent coverage of 'Operación Puerto'

May 18, 2009 - Valverde to start Catalunya
May 15, 2009 - Valverde not welcome in Denmark
May 14, 2009 - Spanish federation wants proof in Valverde case
May 13, 2009 - Spanish Olympic Committee defends Valverde
May 12, 2009 - Valverde responds to sanction
May 11, 2009 - Italian tribunal delivers Valverde two-year suspension
May 8, 2009 - Valverde case: Italian Olympic Committee defends Torri
May 7, 2009 - Valverde to take legal action against CONI prosecutor
May 5, 2009 - WADA and Spanish federation join CONI and UCI on Valverde
May 1, 2009 - International Cycling Union joins in on Valverde's hearing in Italy

Cyclingnews' complete coverage of Operación Puerto

Cyclingnews' coverage of the Floyd Landis case

May 29, 2009 - French authorities summon Landis and Baker
September 28, 2008 - Landis takes case to US federal court
September 10, 2008 - Landis signing with current Health Net-Maxxis team for 2009
July 1, 2008 - CAS delivers final blow to Landis legal challenge
June 30, 2008 - Landis loses final appeal
June 28, 2008 - Landis decision due Monday
March 12, 2008 - Landis' judgment day nears
October 21, 2007 - Landis files appeal with CAS
October 18, 2007 - AFLD takes another look at Landis case
Thursday, October 11 - Landis continues fight, appeals to CAS
Saturday, September 22 - UCI officially names Pereiro 2006 Tour champion, Landis case raises issues
Friday, September 21 - Landis' appeal denied, two year suspension levied

Cyclingnews' complete coverage of the Floyd Landis case

Cyclingnews' recent coverage of the ProTour-Grand Tours split

October 4, 2008 - New ASO chief to maintain values
September 26, 2008 - UCI declares peace, appoints new VP
August 30, 2008 - UCI re-signs five ProTour races
August 22, 2008 - ProTour: Bouncing back or lame duck?
August 19, 2008 - Stapleton analyses 'world calendar'
August 18, 2008 - Feedback on 'world calendar'
August 18, 2008 - UCI announces 'world calendar'

Cyclingnews' complete coverage of the ProTour-Grand Tours split

Cyclingnews coverage of the L'Equipe allegations

June 27, 2006 - Carmichael defends Armstrong, Armstrong answers L'Equipe & LeMond
June 26, 2006 - LeMond: "Armstrong threatened my life"
June 19, 2006 - Armstrong calls for Pound's exit
June 18, 2006 - Lance Armstrong's open letter against Dick Pound
June 4, 2006 - UCI hits back at WADA
June 3, 2006 - WADA slams the Vrijman report
June 2, 2006 - L'Equipe stands by its story, UCI supports Vrijman's findings
June 1, 2006 - UCI, WADA and Armstrong react to Vrijman's report
May 31, 2006 - UCI lawyer asks for Armstrong's name to be cleared
May 14, 2006 - Two more weeks for Armstrong investigation

Click here for full coverage of the L'Equipe allegations.

Interviews and profiles for 2009

June 2009

Christian Vande Velde: Coming back stronger

Giro d'Italia 2009

May 2009

Tracy Moseley: Defying gravity
Lance Armstrong: Under no pressure for the Giro

April 2009

Joe Parkin: Author and former road pro
Damiano Cunego: Cunego returns for Ardennes rush
Paris-Roubaix: Inside the Quick Step dynasty
Mark Cavendish: Cavendish out for another Classic at Gent-Wevelgem
Stijn Devolder: Second coming in Flanders
George Hincapie: Out for a Ronde van Vlaanderen win
Heinrich Haussler: Hands up for Flanders

March 2009

Jens Voigt: "Not someone who chases records"
Lance Armstrong: Talking Giro, Twitter and the Tour
Alessandro Ballan: Focusing for Roubaix
Bjarne Riis: Learning from the past - Part II
Bjarne Riis: Bearing the burden of truth - Part I
Chad Gerlach: A new lease on love and life
Tim Duggan: Never walking alone

February 2009

Filippo Pozzato: It's time to win
Michael Rogers: Struggle street makes way for the High Road
Thor Hushovd: A cobbled transition
Chris Horner: Letting the legs do the talking
Juan Antonio Flecha: Classics campaign starts in Qatar
Martin Whiteley: Behind the scenes of mountain bike management

January 2009

Carlos Sastre: The dark horse rider
Darren Lapthorne: One day at a time
Andy Schleck: Gunning for greatness
Katie Compton: Seeking to conquer the world
Floyd Landis: Don't call it a comeback
Allan Davis: Better than ever
Nicole Cooke: A perfect season ending
Cadel Evans: Don't let me be misunderstood
Baden Cooke: Fresh start with Vacansoleil
Michael Ball: Ball still in play
Christian Vande Velde: Finishing domestique duties
Steve Johnson: State of the federation - Part II
Steve Johnson: State of the federation - Part I
Mark Cavendish: Who can challenge him in the 2009 sprints?

Interviews and profiles for 2008

December 2008

Rolf Aldag: German shepard
Richard England: A new lease on life
Alessandro Petacchi puts troubles behind for 2009
Bradley Wiggins: Walking a different road
Oleg Tinkov: Brewing over cycling exit
Jakob Fuglsang: Switching sides
Bob Stapleton on new anti-doping programme
Tim Johnson: Victory at last
Thomas Dekker: A summer of discontent
Johan Bruyneel brings Astana back stronger for 2009
Robert Bartko: The track specialist
Lea Davison: A breakthrough season

November 2008

Roman Kreuziger: A clean, crisp flavour
Chris Froome takes cycling's big step
Katie Compton's Euro odyssey pays off
Patrik Sinkewitz: Coming back
Anne Gripper: Passport to a clean sport
Ivan Dominguez: Cuban Missile aimed for Europe
Bobby Julich: Nostalgic Julich hangs up wheels

October 2008

Matt Fritzinger: Schooling the next generation
Dan Martin: The next big thing?
Andriy Grivko: Bringing the world to attention
Ivan Basso: Focusing on the bike
Mark Renshaw: Broadening horizons, shifting sands
Brad McGee's career makeover
Rahsaan Bahati: Paving the way
Svein Tuft: The journey to Worlds silver
Greg LeMond: A different kind of testing
Mike Sayers: The best years of my life
Ryan Trebon: Doing the big races
Levi Leipheimer, part two: A memorable season
Levi Leipheimer, part one: Staying put with Astana

September 2008

World Championships

Oenone Wood: Turning full attention to family
Marco Pinotti: Aiming high on home soil
Tyler Hamilton: Moving on
Manolo Saiz: Planning a comeback
Brooke Miller: It's Miller's time

Vuelta a España

August 2008

Caroline Buchanan: Buchanan-ball run
Mary McConneloug: Keeping the balance
Mike Friedman: A Beijing Meatball
Grégory Baugé: Firing for French gold
Christine Thorburn: Doctor of speed
Hanka Kupfernagel: Time on trial in gold rush
Nicole Cooke: Heading for Beijing bullseye
Amaël Moinard: France's next Tour contender?
Jose Antonio Hermida: Olympics - take three
Alberto Contador: A talented Spaniard
Jim Ochowicz: The US road coach evaluates the team
Olympic Games: Roadies count down as trackies arrive
Alejandro Valverde: Leading Spain's Olympic charge
David Zabriskie: Optimistic for Olympic success
Georgia Gould: Going fast on the way to Beijing

Tour de France

July 2008

Adam Craig: A second Olympic quest
Rahsaan Bahati: One leg tied behind his back

June 2008

Kim Kirchen On top in Tour de Suisse
Karin Thürig: Eyeing the Olympic TT
Markus Fothen firing on all cylinders again
Pierre Rolland: France's next big thing?
Cyril Dessel: The rebirth of a Tour hero
Ina-Yoko Teutenberg: Aiming for Triple Crown triple
Kelli Emmett: Hitting her stride
Irina Kalentieva: Riding with her head
Julian Sanz: Long distance exhalation
Julien Absalon: Staying on top

May 2008

Sabine Spitz: On the trail
Gunn-Rita Dahle Flesjå: Back to the beginning
Susanne Ljungskog's Berne-ing Olympic ambitions
Peter Velits: Modest champion
Todd Wells: A world of potential

Giro d'Italia 2008

April 2008

Alejandro Valverde: Real objectives still to come
Kim Kirchen: Olympic dreams
Damiano Cunego: Amstel Gold winner gains confidence
Davide Rebellin: Ready for Ardennes and beyond
Alessandro Petacchi: Doubts and ambitions
Xavier Florencio: Ready for Amstel, Flèche and Liège
Christophe Agnolutto: Finding stability in retirement
Tom Boonen: Crucial victory in Hell
Mark Cavendish: Cavendish the first
George Hincapie: Ready for Roubaix
Alessandro Ballan: Eyeing Paris-Roubaix
Marcus Burghardt: Rehab before racing
Andy Schleck: Changing Focus
Judith Arndt: From Flanders to Beijing
Robbie McEwen: Nothing but quality
Alessandro Ballan: Plotting Ronde defence
Tom Boonen: Turning point or stardom
Andrew Bajadali: Putting things in focus
Juan Antonio Flecha: "Trusting that the victory comes"
George Hincapie: Another shot for glory
Bradley McGee: Back on track

March 2008

Marianne Vos: The end of the rainbow
Sylvain Chavanel: Dialed in for a strong year
Heinrich Haussler: Stealth Australian
David Brailsford: Overseeing the British track campaign
Alex Rasmussen and Michael Mørkøv: In a class of their own
Chris Hoy: On the hunt for gold
Gilberto Simoni: A mountainous journey
Matthew Goss: Game on for Australia's Goss
Lees-McRae: On the road to collegiate success
David Millar: Leading by example

February 2008

Alison Dunlap: Cycling in retirement
Adam Hansen: The disbelieving champion
Dominique Rollin: Rollin along
Fabian Cancellara: First golden boy
Rebecca Rusch: A new adventure
Olaf Pollack: Tracking towards the Olympics
Chris Horner: Happy with the new home
Tony Cruz: Team captain at last
Shinichi and Koji Fukushima: Brothers in armwarmers
Prentice Steffen: Tending to cycling's emergencies
Baden Cooke: Finding the power
Mitchell Docker: Chasing the points prize,
Miguel Indurain: Impressions from Australia
Nick Nuyens : Better luck next time
Claudio Corti : Father and son reunion
Robert Hunter: Stronger team for 2008
Johan Bruyneel: Looking ahead
Johan Bruyneel: A new start
Bob Stapleton: Fresh start for Team High Road

January 2008

Stijn Devolder: Full Stijn Ahead
Enrico Gasparotto: Growing up
Enrico Franzoi: Back on track for the 'Cross Worlds
Paolo Bettini: Dreaming of August
Helen Wyman: Swiftly does it
Will Walker: A tough transition
Rob Jebb: Peak performer
Robbie McEwen: On target for March
Tom Boonen: Eye of the Tornado
Chloe Forsman: A Luna star in the making
Carlos Sastre: Still a Grand Tour prospect?
Ben King: Stepping up the ranks
Philippe Gilbert: ProTour ambitions Down Under
Jeremy Powers: Powering towards the Worlds
Tim Johnson: Unfinished busines