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Letters to Cyclingnews - September 22, 2006

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Recent letters

Is Dick Pound credible?
Frankie Andreu
Millar's hollow victory
Cycling deaths
Go Chris, go
Tom's OK
Basso's DNA test refusal
Easier racing?
Floyd's turbo bottle

Is Dick Pound credible?

Dick Pound states:

"I think you'll see the UCI has been quite vociferous in its support of the lab in this case. These labs aren't accredited unless they are very competent. I haven't seen all the evidence, that's why we wait to see what USADA and UCI do about it."

This is the same "accredited" and "competent" lab that broke protocol in testing B samples from 1999 and leaking those "results" to L'Equipe (Lance's alleged B sample from the 1999 TdF). This is the same lab that leaked Landis' results to L'Equipe.

How can a lab that breaks protocol, has an obvious leak and close relationship with the French Press be accredited and considered reliable? It is pretty clear that the storage, testing, and reporting of B samples are in dubious hands.

Until Dick Pound cleans up the obvious lab problems in Chatenay-Malabry, his claim that these labs are competent is a farce.

Doug Hood
Atlanta, GA, USA
Saturday, September 16, 2006

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Frankie Andreu

Steve Johnson, CEO of USA Cycling, commends Frankie for his admission, yet Jim Ochowicz, president of that same organization says that it's just Frankie's opinion there are secrets in cycling.

Are you kidding me? Who rode with Lance day in, day out? It must have been incredibly hard for Frankie to come forward. I believe he truly wants the best for the sport. Then, instead of Lance praising him, he lashes out at him?

I believe you Frankie, but it will take more than good luck helping the sport with people like this at its helm.

Ritchie Dulce,
Miami, FL
Saturday, September 16, 2006

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Frankie Andreu

I think the way Andreu has 'come clean' is highly questionable. It has been released in such a way as to further cast doubt on Lance Armstrong, not just to clear his conscience. It is just another in a series of attacks on Lance, all of which have been not only repudiated but beaten in court. It's high time that this is stopped.

Rob Cummins,
Dublin, Ireland
Friday, September 15, 2006

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Frankie Andreu

They all do it! I firmly believe that all pro cyclists are cheating. No one is above suspicion to me.

Ronnie Santos,
New Jersey, USA
Saturday, September 16, 2006

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Frankie Andreu

The internet and your readers are already demanding that Frankie start to 'name names' to help clean up the sport. Doping might kill the sport but so can this type of Neo-McCarthyism that Dick Pound is trying to nurture. I believe that cycling can be saved, but not if the trust and belief inside the team bus is shattered.

So, good for you, Frankie. You've come clean, albeit too late for me to commend you for any heroism. Now do the right thing and shed light on how you broke the rules, but resist the temptation to 'out' other riders.

Nathan Anderson Sr.,
Mason, OH
Friday, September 15, 2006

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Millar's hollow victory

How hollow?

He confessed to drug use. He served his ban, learned to train better without banned substances, came back, and won at the top level, proving he has talent. What more can you expect?

He's also working with the authorities in the UK to ensure riders coming through the system understand the reasons why they may be tempted to dope, and demonstrating that if you have the talent, then it's not necessary.

Steve H.
Reading, UK
Monday, September 18, 2006

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Millar's hollow victory

I would like to see more support of David Millar's well-earned stage win in the Vuelta. Millar is, as P. Mapstone points out, a drug user caught in possession and may have had no alternative but to admit all, but I feel that Millar has thoroughly redeemed himself through his actions after he served out his ban.

It is obvious that Millar has experienced a personal realignment of both his ambitions and means to fulfil those ambitions due to his ban. I find it a lot easier to believe in David Millar's victories both in the Vuelta and in the future than to believe riders who test negative but still perform almost superhuman feats in cycling.

Steinar Haugberg,
Haugesund, Norway
Friday, September 15, 2006

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Cycling deaths

Reading the 'Latest News' this week is cause for increased concern. Starting with September 13, a British study indicates drivers pass closer to cyclists wearing helmets - not good news, helmet or no helmet. Then, starting September 16, there is three consecutive days of news that include reports of cyclists hit by vehicles causing their deaths.

I think all of us avid cyclists have at least a passing concern for the inattentive driver on the road when we are on our bikes. Reading this on a cycling website only increases the cyclist's concern for the danger. My real concern is that it is the wrong audience.

What this news says to me is that we need more driver awareness and probably more lobbying for decreasing the distractions available to drivers these days: cell phones, DVD's, GPS navigation. It seems the more luxury in a vehicle means more "bells and whistles" to distract a driver from his job at hand, concentrating on the road. Most roads I ride on have a fairly good emergency/bike lane. But it is still little margin for error when you have a wandering driver behind you.

I hope this sad news gets to the right places to cause change for more driver awareness and laws banning cell phone use and fewer automobile 'features' that distract drivers' concentration.

Alan Switzer,
Peachland, BC, Canada
Wednesday, September 20, 2006

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Go Chris, go

I have to agree with Eric Hallander's letter concerning Chris Horner's Vuelta diary. It was refreshing, interesting and fun to read. I have really been enjoying every new entry and during the three weeks of the Vuelta, I've completely grown into a Chris Horner fan.

So, Chris, thanks for keeping us posted all over those three weeks, even if after some stages you surely would have preferred a gallon of Caramel Macchiato and a Big-Mac more than spending time with your notebook. It's a shame it didn't work out with a stage win for you, but congrats on making the Top 20 as well as finishing three from three grand tours.

Enjoy some well-deserved days off, and then go huge at the Worlds!

Jens Hoefler,
Munich, Germany
Monday, September 15, 2006

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Tom's OK

What's Tom's problem? Is it unacceptable that he's been racing in Europe for three years and only managed a 6th and a 7th in grand tours?

Let's be reasonable, people. He started his career late and is still only 28. I think there's plenty of time for Tom to develop. It's not like the guy's been racing in Europe and languishing back in the pack for eight years and suddenly promoted to team leader. For a guy who is supposedly a one-week racer he had enough lead in the pencil after two weeks to chalk-up a win in stage 17.

I'll admit that I was hoping to see Tom Danielson on the Vuelta's podium this year, but unlike some who have written in about him, I'm not quite ready to see him relegated to water bottle-hauler quite yet.

George Henze,
Reedsburg WI, USA
Tuesday, September 19, 2006

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Basso's DNA test refusal

The argument that the inaccuracy of the test would lead to a false-positive DNA match is just plain wrong. First off, the blood is no doubt his, so a false reading in the test would only help his case.

Now, assuming that the guy is actually clean (which is ludicrous, in my view), the likelihood that an erroneous DNA profile would just happen to match the DNA in the blood held by the Spanish authorities is small. Anyone in this situation would be exponentially more likely to be falsely acquitted than falsely convicted. I guarantee that any truly clean athlete placed in such a situation would be screaming at the top of his lungs to have a DNA test exonerate him. And he/she never would have left the tour either, at least not without making a whole lot of noise.

N. Race
Saturday, September 16, 2006

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Easier racing?

In response to Ian Smith's letter suggesting that the Tour de France be made easier to reduce the temptation to dope, my question is what about the riders for whom it isn't or wasn't too hard?

OK, so Tom Boonen says it's too hard and too long for him, but did we ever hear that from Eric Zabel, Mario Cipollini, Sean Kelly, etc? I don't believe any rider is obligated to ride the Tour except perhaps from his own team, and if it's too hard for him to race, then he shouldn't be there. Sorry Tom, I really am a fan of yours. Bravo for all your great results! But maybe the Tour de France just isn't your thing yet.

The Tour is famous for its immense severity. That's what makes it great. It separates the men from the boys. It's over 100 years old. Did anyone think of making it easier when Eddie or Bernard or Miguel was winning it just because other less-strong riders found it too hard? I really don't think that it would reduce doping because any time a potential doper was under pressure to either get a result against much a better opponent or work above his ability to support his team leader, then he would do it anyway. By now all athletes around the world are very aware that performance enhancing substances are absolutely forbidden, and by competing in their sports, they have agreed to adhere to the rules that govern them.

So let's stop making excuses for doing it and get on with racing. Let's celebrate the great challenge of the Grand Tours, their champions, team mates, and the ones that find it too hard can compete in other races

Andy Hill,
Lake Tahoe, CA,
Saturday, September 16, 2006

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Floyd's turbo bottle

The author of Turbo bottle seems confused about Floyd Landis using as many water bottles as he did during his stage-winning break in the Tour. Yes, he did dump a multitude of bottles over his cranium to stay cool on an extremely humid, warm day (I was there!) He drank about 35 bottles or so to ward off dehydration, a big concern as illustrated the day before.

The idea that he buzzed up those climbs by the old professional-car courtesy is complete madness! I have ridden those climbs myself and I was there this year watching in person. There is no amount of slings off a car that could produce such an amazing ride, no matter how many courtesies he indulged in.

The simple undeniable fact is he was on fire!

Fintan McCormac,
Long Island, New York
Friday, September 15, 2006

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Letters 2006

  • September 15: Andreu's admission, Millar's hollow victory, Basso's DNA test refusal, The big ugly open secret, Dick Pound, Discovery's Vuelta double-standard, Doping tests and subjective evaluation, Fitting punishment, Hermida is clean, Floyd Landis' motion to dismiss, Easier racing, Operation Puerto, Thank you Chris Horner, The testosterone test, Mano a mano, Turbo bottle
  • September 8: Turbo bottle, Discovery's Vuelta double-standard, Hunger Knock, Basso's DNA test refusal, Eneco, DNA testing, Fitting punishment, Natural process possible?, Operacion Puerto etc , Response to 'No Doping Control is Insane', Stage 17 water consumption, The Testosterone test, The Tour, What's up with Sevilla?, Mano a Mano
  • September 1, part 1: The Eneco Tour controversy: Details, Reporting, Eneco vs doping, Time bonuses?, Who was at fault?, One of those things, Discovery behaviour, More barricades, No way for Schumacher to stop, Hard to stop, Officials to blame, The rules, Schumacher amazing, Hincapie's 2nd Place Trophy
  • September 1, part 2: Dick Pound, Devil is in the detail, Diane Modahl and Floyd Landis, Dick McQuaid?, Fitting punishment, Floyd Landis and polygraph, Jake to play Lance?, La Vuelta coverage, Natural process still possible, likelihood uncertain, Protour rankings, Hour Record & Tour, Response to 'No Doping Control is Insane', Ullrich's trial by media
  • August 25: Eneco Tour, Bring on an Hour Record, Cycling needs a dictator, Diane Modahl and Floyd Landis, Natural process still possible, likelihood uncertain, Response to 'No Doping Control is Insane', Testing procedures must be understood and public, A German Pound?, All winners dope?, Change the things we can, Track the testing, Cycling is not flawed, Defamation lawsuit, Dick Pound, How did the testosterone get there?, Julich: "No one is able to cheat anymore", Floyd Landis, Patrick Lefevere follow-up, Systematic doping? Where is the evidence?, Ullrich's trial by media, Unfair dismissals
  • August 18, part 1: Natural process still possible - likelihood uncertain, Denial, Dick Pound, Oscar Pereiro, UCI - Pro Tour drug solution?, The problem with legalising doping, Changing the rules won't stop cheating, Scandal reduces respect, Blood tests, Corruption, A couple of questions, A couple of questions, A German Pound?, According to WADA: Who isn't doping?, Collect samples every day from everyone, Corruption in the system
  • August 18, part 2: Does the dope fit the crime?, Doping and the death of pro cycling, Change the things we can, Doping, Landis, tests, Dufaux?, Floyd, dope, and cycling, Floyd's only way out, It's the jersey, Julich: "No one is able to cheat anymore", Landis affair, Landis and faulty test equipment, Landis and what he leaves behind, Lefevere, Phonak, and cycling's future, Stand by Our Man Landis, Only one positive, How did the testosterone get there?, Patrick Lefevere, Please help with these questions, Case thrown out, Stage 17 bad tactics or dope?, What were the actual results?, Wouldn't it be great, Zero tolerance
  • August 11, part 1: Patrick Lefevere, "The media knew before I did", A couple of questions , Distribute the testing, A possible scenario for Landis, A real Tour, Anti-doping transparency, Anyone hear Jack Nicholson?, Are we fighting doping or not?, Bad for cycling - are you kidding?, Best way to deal with doping, Can some one please tell me... , Case thrown out, CIR and T/E tests, Collect samples every day from everyone, Complaining about drugs in cycling, Corruption in the system
  • August 11, part 2: Cycling's reputation, Distortions in the Landis case, Does the dope fit the crime?, Doping, Doping in general, Doping, Landis, tests, Doping - the whole sorry mess, Drug testing for cyclists, Drugs & the Tour Down Under, Enough already!, Flawed process?, Only one positive, Unrealistic expectations
  • August 11, part 3: Floyd Landis Affair, Floyd, dope, and cycling, Robbie Ventura, Hoping Floyd soon shows HIS evidence, I will prove it, Is this true (and if so, what's its import)?, Landis, Landis and Merckx, Legal black hole, Media circus, Operacion Puerto Victims, Pat McQuaid and doping... , Penalize teams, organizations
  • August 11, part 4: Players, Post race reunion, Robbie Ventura, Solutions are there, Stage 17 Bad Tactics or dope?, T-E testing and Oscar Pereiro, Testosterone cheating, Testosterone Gremlins, The "System", doping, and so on, Who do you believe?, Time to level the playing field, UCI - Pro Tour Drug Solution?, Ullrich, Why process matters, Worse than VDB, Wouldn't it be Great!
  • August 4, part 1: I will prove it, Doping, Landis, tests, Why process matters, Robbie Ventura, Rubbish!, Leadership & cleansing, 21st Stage, A few minor thoughts, Stage 17 water consumption, Was it a recovery prep?, Anti-doping transparency, Bad for cycling - are you kidding?, Best way to deal with doping
  • August 4, part 2: Case thrown out, Center podium, Collect samples every day from everyone, Complaining about drugs in cycling, Confidence in the testing system, Courage off the bike, Who is Cowboy (2003)?, Crime and punishment, Nothing without the cyclists!, Davis and four others, Does the dope fit the crime?, Doping & money, Doping in cycling, An examination, Drug testing for cyclists, From a fellow pro, In Floyd ..., Do the right thing, Floyd's steroids, Grow Up and Get Real!, Future of testing, Idea for a clean Tour, Landis vs Periero TT, I'm done with cycling, I'm retired as a fan of the pros, Feel like a fool, I'm so disappointed
  • August 4, part 3: Team management & doctors, It appears the dope does fit the Crime..., It was the whiskey, It's all a sham, It's everywhere., Nothing is conclusive, Worse than VDB, Cycling needs our support, Of all the tests…, Doesn't add up, Test timing, Players, Legal black hole, B-sample & Marco Pinotti, Landis is guilty of something, Former Phan, Landis Ordeal, Landis Situation, Landis, drugs and cycling, Landis: lab accreditation, The question, Laughingstock, Lawyers in tow, Leaks, Learn from NASCAR, Letter to Editor
  • August 4, part 4: Losing hope against the dope..., Mitigating factor, No doping control is insane, One toke over the line, Keystone Cops, Operacion Puerto Victims, Raise the stakes, Something not right, Exhuming McCarthy, Testerone testing, Testing procedure, Landis has been caught, The Jack Daniels defense, The Landis Situation, French testing: a leaky boat, What a positive A sample means, The sieve called doping control, Time to level the playing field, US Perspective, WADA, UCI ruining sport, What about Pereiro?, What's the hold up?, Who's watching the henhouse?
  • July 31, part 1: I will prove it, Stop the complaining, Public perception, The process - flawed?, Courage off the bike, Dallas on wheels, Surely not, Sick & insulted, Mitigating factor for Landis, Landis... it is a shame, Landis' abnormal (supernormal) results, Travesty, Who's watching the henhouse?, Could it have been the result of the bonk?, I'm sick of this!, One toke over the line
  • July 31, part 2: Why does McQuaid make a bad situation worse, Why does the UCI make a bad situation worse, How one-off testosterone helps, Why risk it? Here's why., Must be natural, Sick of hearing about doping!, Previous reading?, If Landis turns out to be doped, Cycling on trial, All that is gold does not glitter, The science on testosterone, Maybe I am a fool, Loons, Results not yet known, Surely not, Cheated
  • July 31, part 3: Who to believe, A slightly inappropriate Landis defence and proposal , Gut feeling, Jaded, Landis, Latest doping allegations, Tired of the system!, Cheating or not, Hard landing for the sport if Landis issue turns sour, Another Landis comment, Why?, Elevated T levels in Landis, Crucified, Floyd Landis, What is happening to cycling?
  • July 31, part 4: Testing testosterone, It was the whiskey, Does the dope fit the crime?, Results not yet known, Landis - Say it ain't so!, Doping, Landis, tests, Landis - guilty until proven innocent, T/E ratio and treatment of Floyd Landis, Bad science and a possible solution, Testosterone is a natural substance, Confidence in the testing system
  • July 28: Landis - Say it ain't so!, Surely not, The science on testosterone, Results not yet known, Jaded, Leave Landis ALONE!, "Everybody cheats.", Fairness of testing, Crucified, Who to believe?, Landis doping, The A and B test., Why does McQuaid make a bad situation worse?
  • July 21, part 2: Legalising doping, Full transparency, Basso and DNA, Doping, lawyers, and Basso, Ullrich's Innocence, Tyler Hamilton, Did Millar come clean, Ullrich's doping plan, Doping and still suffering
  • July 21, part 1: Stage 17, 2006 Tour, And the winner is?, Chicken!, Rasmussen not a "team player"?, Enough Lance, Floyd's bad day, Is Discovery really a true U.S. ProTour team?, First-time winners' past records, Kudos to Leblanc, Landis' aero bars, NORBA Nationals, Floyd's not "photogenically challenged", Respect the yellow jersey?, US Nationals, Very unsatisfying
  • July 14, part 2: Landis' aero bars, Wide Open Before the Cols- An Average Fan's Predictions, US Nationals, Cipo @ the Tour, And the Winner is?, Boring spots, Disco Boys?, Enough Lance, Is Discovery really a true U.S. Pro Tour Team?, Kloden by default, Millar's new TT position, Photogenically Challenged Champions, Segregation is not the solution
  • July 14, part 1: Legalising doping , Small world, Hamilton's fax, Cheats, Come clean, Simoni, Doping and the double standard, Dopers don't affect love of riding, Greg LeMond, Vino, Lance & LeMond
  • July 7, part 2: Legalise it!, Doping, Greg LeMond, Plenty of riders don't dope, What I will do, Phonak, Come clean, Hide & Seek, The Early Signs coming True, Doping and sponsors, Santiago Botero not on the list, An alternative
  • July 7, part 1: Are we paying these guys enough? Cardiac hypertrophy and sudden death, A cycling scandal? A sad day for cycling fans, Discovery's team leader, Easier racing won't help, Simoni, Cheats, Vinokourov, An open letter to Ivan Basso, Are we alone?, Sharing the road, Searching for an old book
  • June 30, part 1: Easier racing won't help, Communidad Valencia and the ASO, Doping & fans, What a Shame, Sunny side of pro dopers, Tyler Hamilton: how long can he deny, The new "performance" enhancer, Greg LeMond, Armstrong's letter to IOC, Armstrong, L'Équipe, WADA & Pound, A call for one more test
  • June 30, part 2: Ullrich and the Tour, Mancebo: The Unsung Hero, Hincapie to lead Disco, Jane Higdon, USA junior development, Voigt vs. Hincapie, Operation Puerto, Where there is smoke, there is fire, Watching the wheels come off, Why only cycling?, UCI request for riders to submit signed statements, UCI leadership questioned by reporters
  • June 23: "Next!", Hincapie to lead Disco, USA junior development, Jane Higdon, A call for one more test, Armstrong's letter to IOC, Defending Landis, Doping, The Armstrong/L'Équipe/WADA/Pound affair, Spanish doping allegations, Team consequences, Voigt vs. Hincapie
  • June 16: Pound should resign, Now I’m really confused, Vinokourov, Saiz, doping and the TdF, The Spanish operation, Misplaced sympathy, Name the suspects, Spanish doping, Opinions from France, ASO, Simoni vs. Basso, Voigt vs. Hincapie, Jens Voigt vs. George Hincapie, Voigt and Hincapie, Jane Higdon, Jeremy Vennell diary
  • June 11: Simoni vs. Basso, Basso and Simoni, Simoni versus Basso, Simoni's smile, Sour grapes Simoni, Sarcastic, disgruntled fan?, Congrats to Jan, Non-round rings, Sport, Voigt and Hincapie, Jens Voigt, Three cheers for Jens Voigt, Jens Voigt vs. George Hincapie, Voigt vs. Hincapie, Thanks to Voigt and Manzano, Champion in countless ways, Chapeau Jens!
  • June 9 - Special edition: Vino’s position, Astana-Wurth and the TdF, Vinokourov, Saiz, doping and the TdF, Spanish doping allegations, WADA, Vrijman's findings, That Report, WADA and Armstrong, WADA vs. UCI vs. the riders, WADA's double standard, WADA and Pound missing the point, Pound should resign, A Pound of what?, The role of the AIGCP, The Spanish operation, Botero interview, Say it isn't so, Manolo
  • June 2: Simoni versus Basso, Simoni and Basso, Simoni, Simoni's smile, Simoni is a crybaby, Basso and Simoni, Sour grapes Simoni, Gibo Si-MOAN-i, Blood, drugs, cash and corruption, Sickening double standard, Spanish federations' reaction to Saiz, Don't be surprised by drug use, Giro d'Italia, Thanks to Voigt and Manzano, Chapeau Jens!, Jens Voigt, Three cheers for Jens Voigt, Jens Voigt is the man, Voigt 2006 vs Boogerd 1999, Voigt and Hincapie, Discovery’s Giro team, Altitude tents and EPO, Not just name-calling, Say it isn't so, Manolo, Spanish doping allegations, Armstrong and L'Equipe, CSC is a class act, Basso and CSC, Jimenez memories, Markers in drugs, Discovery Channel's Giro performance, Pound should resign, Giro live reporting, Banning of altitude tents, Bettini is consistent
  • May 26: Their A-game's at home, The Tour and the TT, Jan's good form, Jan bashing, Congrats to Jan, The diesel, Double or nothing, Ivance Bassostrong, Bravo, Basso!, Discovery Channel's Giro performance, Bettini is consistent, Banning of altitude tents, When disqualification isn't enough, WADA should ban intervals
  • May 26 - Special edition: Say it ain't so, Manolo, Say it isn't so, Spanish Federations' reaction to Saiz, The doping scandal to end them all
  • May 19: Bettini is consistent, Banning of altitude tents, Hypoxic tents, WADA and altitude tents, Latest WADA crusade, WADA bans another, Congrats to Jan, Criticism of Jan Ullrich, Jan bashing, Jan ready for the Tour, Jan's good form, Armstrong - the New American Idol, The same old Lance, Defeatism in Discovery, Giro reactions, One of Savoldelli's secrets, Rasmussen's time trial position, Riders under helmets, Difference between following and leading, The Tour and the TT, Bruyneel's Giro comments, When disqualification isn't enough
  • May 12: Marion Clignet, Bruyneel's Giro comments, Criticism of Jan Ullrich, Jan bashing, Jan's weight, Defeatism in Discovery, Lance talking up Basso, The same old Lance, Rasmussen's time trial position, Giro team time trial, Hincapie in Paris-Roubaix, Riders under helmets
  • May 5: Criticism of Jan, Criticism of Ullrich, The Ullrich-bashing bandwagon, Ullrich in 2006, Jan dramas, More Jan dramas, Bruyneel's Giro comments, Team helmets, Volunteering at bike races, Hincapie in Paris-Roubaix
  • April 28: Working for the team in Georgia, Ullrich's thick skin, Ullrich and the 2006 Tour, Jan Ullrich racing, Ullrich and THAT wheel, Jan Ullrich, Jan dramas, Paris-Roubaix technology, Hincapie in Paris-Roubaix, Paris-Roubaix controversy, Paris-Roubaix comments, Paris-Roubaix tech, Team helmets
  • April 21: Paris-Roubaix final say, Paris-Roubaix controversy, Paris-Roubaix and technology, George and the fork issue, Quotable quotes, Cycling technology, Behaving like a champion, Paris-Roubaix: UCI Code of Ethics
  • April 14: Continuing to behave like a champion, No curse of the rainbow jersey, Tom Boonen, Hang in there, Saul, The gods of cycling, Trek and Paris-Roubaix, Looking out for George, Paris-Roubaix and technology, Broken forks and broken dreams, Jan Ullrich, Jan dramas, Disqualifications, So you know, Paris - Roubaix, THAT railway crossing incident, Need for consistency, Paris-Roubaix - poor Cancellara, Paris Roubaix disqualification, Paris-Roubaix: setting a good example, Roubaix disqualification decision, UCI Roubaix disgrace, Paris Roubaix disqualification, Paris Roubaix affair, Paris-Roubaix fiasco, Paris-Roubaix sham, Racing's railroad crossings, George's bike failure, Let them race, Roubaix controversy
  • April 12 (Special Paris Roubaix edition): Paris-Roubaix disqualification, Disqualification on the pave, Level crossing in Paris-Roubaix, Rules are rules, Paris-Roubaix, McQuaid's reasoning, Pat McQuaid and train barriers, Railway crossing at Paris-Roubaix, Disqualifications in Paris-Roubaix, Paris-Roubaix crossing, Roubaix controversy, Grade crossings, Railroad crossings, Safety at Paris-Roubaix, Paris-Roubaix sham, Paris-Roubaix safety, Paris-Roubaix rail crossing, Boonen and friends cross the tracks, McQuaid's explanation, Roubaix disqualification decision
  • April 7: Hang in there Saul, De Ronde parcours, Edwig van Hooydonk, Discovery’s American riders, Tom Boonen, April fools, Hair care product line, Brave new world, Commonwealth Games time trial, Photo of the year

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