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Letters to Cyclingnews - October 13, 2006

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Recent letters

Guilty or not?
Forget about whom?
Innocence and DNA testing
Sporting fraud
Ullrich to Discovery
Landis in the court of public opinion
Women's track events
Cheating redefined
Cycling deaths

Guilty or not?

I feel similarly about the 'rush to judgment' against Jan Ullrich, among others, including Floyd Landis. History teaches us that governments and large organizations have, at times, trampled on the rights of individuals by virtue of their very power and the belief that they are unassailable.

In the Landis case, we have a conflicted situation with a newspaper sponsoring a race, the Tour de France, while simultaneously reporting on leaks from a government laboratory that is used to prematurely accuse Landis - all in a nation that feels more and more embarrassed that it cannot win its own wonderful race. These words are not intended to indict the French. If the lab were in the United States or Timbuktu, I'd demand independent verification. But where is the due process here? Where are the samples held out so that Landis and others so-accused can get independent verification? Where are the independent witnesses who watch the taking of the samples and verify the integrity of the chain of custody?

The United States has had its own instances in criminal prosecutions of irresponsibility and tampering with DNA results, leading to wrongful conviction. This is not a criminal issue, but, aside from protecting the sport, it is an issue of an individual man's livelihood and reputation - Landis or Ullrich or whomever. Should we not demand that all efforts be made to protect the individual while also protecting the sport? Do not tell me that we have to take the word of the French lab that it is above reproach. Make the lab, and the organizations that stand behind it - the UCI, the WADA or whomever - prove its results as valid by verifying a sound chain of custody, and providing independent analysis to the accused.

Mark Turner
Homer, Alaska, USA
Saturday, October 7, 2006

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Guilty or not?

I can see where this guy is coming from, however the cycling authorities have a process which has controls in it that justify the authority's actions.

Rider Testing
1. There are rules which the governing body (UCI) sets, for every member to abide by;
2. In order to uphold these rules the UCI has a testing regime;
3. The testing process is simple; samples are taken and tested for banned substances as set out in the rules;
4. A positive test to both the A & B samples means that that rider has breached the UCI rules, therefore they are guilty and penalties apply.

1. The UCI is able to sanction a member in accordance with the UCI rules, which each rider is bound by;
2. Should the UCI feel that that riders' actions warrant a sanction, then they have the right to;
3. They are not a 'Court of Law,' however the UCI presides over a set of rules which are within international laws.

The UCI in the case of a rider (Ullrich) has applied a sanction and therefore does not need to consider any court of law, unless the rider takes out a civil action.

The writer of the letter should look at the root cause, and that is in the UCI rules. If riders want changes as they think that the UCI rules are too onerous, then they need to take action to have the rules changed.

Glenn Ritchie
Melbourne, Australia
Tuesday, October 10, 2006

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Guilty or not?

Well written, Curtis!

I cannot help but think that if in fact it turns out that the lab screwed up Floyd's test then he will still not be branded a legitimate tour winner. He will be saddled with the guilty verdict that was handed to him by the press, and the powers that be, without waiting for the investigation to fully play out. People will inevitably say "he got off" or worse yet, "his lawyers got him off". Just as Jan and Ivan and others have lost out on the financial rewards of what could potentially have been their greatest season, Floyd will have had the greatest season any cyclist could dream of taken from him. More than likely none of them will be able to recoup any of their losses, through litigation or other means, and all will be labeled 'damaged goods' in the eyes of future sponsors.

Until the UCI and WADA can revise their suspension policies in regards to circumstantial accusations, and learn to keep their collective mouths shut while a rider is under investigation or trying to defend themselves through the accepted process that has been established by cycling, they will continue to degrade and condemn the very sport they are trying to save. How do they expect corporate sponsors to invest in the sport when the risk of actual doping is still very real, but the risk of the governing bodies of the sport condemning star riders (who gather the most return for those sponsor dollars) when they may in fact be innocent, seems to be becoming even more real. Not a very attractive proposition for allocating marketing dollars - ensuring the future of the most beautiful of sports.

Kevin Burke
Marblehead, MA, USA
Friday, October 6, 2006

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Forget about whom?

I was amused by Marc Madiot's comments about how quickly we will forget about riders (Basso and Ulrich) implicated in the Puerto investigation. He states that we will forget about them as quickly as Armstrong has been forgotten.

I can barely recall Marc Madiot's career, presumably squeaky clean and beyond speculation. And, if he had really forgotten Armstrong, he could have at least feigned, " know, that guy from Texas or Mexico?" Should we forget about Richard Virenque? Have the French? No! Just deny your drug use for years, confess, take a suspension and then come back and be loved for the 'second coming.'

Randy Shafer
Colorado Springs, CO, USA
Thursday, October 12, 2006

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Innocence and DNA testing

In response to this letter about DNA testing, please keep in mind that an athlete does not need to prove his innocence just because he is accused. Every time a tabloid prints that a celebrity is having an alien baby, is the burden of proof placed in the hands of the celebrity or the tabloid? Just because documents have turned up allegedly mentioning Basso's dog, does that mean Basso needs to submit DNA to prove his innocence?

The slippery slope here is that, based on alleged evidence, riders are being suspended and portions of their career are being eliminated before being charged or found guilty of anything. I want the sport to be clean, but I want the system to be fair to the athlete as well. DNA should be mandatory by the UCI or it should be left for courts of law to prove innocence.

Matt Hawkins
Beaufort, NC, USA
Wednesday, October 11, 2006

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Innocence and DNA testing

Re Basso's refusal to take a DNA test: "I would expect anyone who is clean to take a DNA test on the assumption that testing and the lab is reliable and credible - seems like common sense to me."

Here's a rule more valuable than common sense: never assume anything. Given everything we know, which is anything but everything, anyone who is happy to assume 100% reliability in the tests and/or the labs either has their head in the sand or is high on an illegal substance.

Sean Gray
London, England
Friday, October 6, 2006

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Innocence and DNA testing

"…it's patently obvious to most of us that by refusing, he/she has something to hide. Why else would a reasonable person do so?"

It's not so patently obvious that a rider would have something to hide, and a reasonable person has at least a couple of good reasons to refuse.

Firstly, a rider might not have much faith that his or her DNA testing would be handled properly and fairly by the people who have so poorly administered the lab protocols and press-related ethics surrounding the anti-doping effort.

Secondly, I have this analogy, and it seems apt. I used to live in a neighborhood that had trouble with illegal drug use - cocaine, marijuana, and those sorts of things. If the police had showed up at my door without proper warrant and demanded to search my home with the line, "If you're not guilty, you should have no problem with this, as you'll have nothing to hide. And by the way, a lot of armchair cops watching this on the news tonight would agree with me," I believe that I would have had a great deal of trouble with the notion of allowing them in.

Sure, these athletes are in the public eye, and they are part of a sport with problems. That does not translate into an automatic mandate that they forfeit any privacy or any right to fair and just treatment. A police state for cycling would have no winners. The sad bit is that, until the sport is not plagued with the likes of the aptly-named head of WADA or the press leakages from untrustworthy laboratory sources, even truly clean riders can't be innocent.

I'm going for a ride.

Jim Hubbman.
Missouri, USA
Friday, October 6, 2006

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Sporting fraud

If one wanted to be able to control absolutely the outcome of a sporting event, I doubt that anyone could come up with a better way than the current system that's in place in cycling right now. If any of the implicated athletes in the Puerto affair are innocent, then at this point the outcomes of both the Tour de France and the Vuelta have been manipulated, since none of them were allowed to participate, and some of them were favorites to win. I still don't know whether Basso or Ullrich (or Landis) are innocent or guilty. As far as I can tell, I never will know.

Verge Manyen
Elmwood, Illinois, USA
Friday, October 6, 2006

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Ullrich to Discovery

Ullrich to Discovery? Simply, no. Wrong man, wrong time. Never, ever. Even the hint of scandal or doping should be enough to quell the rumors. If Ullrich appears in a Discovery kit, I'll vote with my pocketbook and none of Discovery's sponsors will ever see my money.

James Thacker
Iowa, USA
Tuesday, October 10, 2006

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Landis in the court of public opinion

Good for him! I applaud Floyd for bringing his case completely in front of the public. I, for one, am looking forward to reading his case and seeing what I can make of it. I am sure I can find some worthwhile information in the 300+ documents he will make available on his website.

Cyclingnews reported one of the problems with the testing procedures was that his information on the bottle was written down incorrectly, erased with white out and re-written. I think this is a great time to slap the French Anti-Doping laboratory, UCI and WADA all at the same time. Procedures are important and must be followed to the T. The above example is grossly out of specification with what a testing agency needs to maintain. These are people's lives they are messing with. Hang them on their lack of procedure and not being able to follow their own rules, and you can attack the validity of the test.

Secondly, the teams need to start their own testing plan. They need to have their own (verifiable in court) results to be able to combat the one place that is currently judge and jury of a rider's guilt.

Checks and balances are what we need. Then, and only then, a clean sport will follow.

Biff Stephens
Monday, October 9, 2006

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Women's track events

I totally agree. I hope that these changes are implemented at the coming national track championships and it should be extended to take in junior women as well.

Rick Lee
Forrestfield, WA
Sunday, October 8, 2006

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Cheating redefined

I offer some clarification (perhaps) to the world of cheating:

Part A: Floyd's surgery is merely repairing a damaged body part, bringing his hip back to normal working condition. It is not cheating. If it were, then with the same logic we could brand everyone's favorite hero/whipping boy, Lance Armstrong, a cheat in every race he's ever contested since the surgery/chemotherapy to remove cancer from his body. And what of the miraculous Saul Raisin? I sure hope his life-saving, albeit cheating surgeries don't allow him to return to racing! I won't even mention the multitude of knee and collarbone surgeries within the peloton. And what of all the courageous paralympic athletes? All cheats? There is a 180-degree difference between fixing a body that's damaged and supplementing an already normally functioning body to a higher level.

Part B: "'They all do it! I firmly believe that all pro cyclists are cheating.' This statement is an oxymoron." Unfortunately this statement is incorrect, too. Athletes are not being punished for cheating other athletes, they are punished for cheating against the RULES of the sport. If every single rider in the peloton were doped to the gills then, yes, as a matter of fact, they would all be cheating. If the rule says Substance X is illegal, and a rider is found with Substance X in his body, then he is a cheat, regardless of any and all other riders.

It's all about the words. Just ask a lawyer.

Scott Thompson
Victoria, B.C., Canada
Saturday, October 7, 2006

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Cycling deaths

I live in the very cycling-aware town of Boulder, Colorado. About a year and a half ago, I was hit by a car driven by a woman who had stopped at a stop sign and then proceeded across the intersection directly in front of me.

I was descending a steep hill and was riding slightly under the speed limit of 35mph. My injuries included a head injury that seems to have permanently affected my eyesight (I can no longer merge images in the normal fashion), and the normal function of my kidneys so that I now have to be treated for very high blood pressure. The woman was given a ticket for careless driving, however she went to court with her boyfriend (a law student) and was allowed to plead guilty to driving with a broken headlight. She was assessed a $25 fine and one point off her driving record. Meanwhile I've accumulated over $25,000 in medical expenses, my much loved DeRosa was destroyed and I've had to give up my pastime of mountaineering which I've been active in for over 30 years (it is hard to climb when you see two of everything).

Now for the bad news. On this same one-mile stretch of road, I have personally seen 10 riders in the last several years get hit in much the same fashion. I have repeatedly asked the city of Boulder to put warning signs at all of the downhill intersections warning drivers to look carefully for fast moving bikes, and all of my requests have been ignored. The final confounding part of this is that this road is designated as a bike way and has a bike lane on the uphill side.

If a town like Boulder, which is home to a large community of pro riders (Tyler Hamilton, Christian Vandevelde, Jeremy Horgan-Kobalsky, Scott Monninger are just a few of the riders living in Boulder), cannot or will not do anything to increase driver awareness, it seems hopeless that anything will change anywhere. I believe it is time for riders to start taking an active role, even if it requires acts of civil disobedience to get our communities to really put the hammer down on folks who kill or injure cyclists. I was one of the first persons to the aid of a rider on this same street a few months ago, who was hit nearly head on by a car turning left. His bike was broken completely in half, his helmet broken and he was bleeding from his ears, nose and head. The driver "didn't see him."

Perhaps it is time for massive 'ride-ins' until we can get some cooperation from city safety planners. On the other hand, they'll probably solve the problem by banning bikes.

Gary Stetler
Boulder, CO, USA
Friday, October 6, 2006

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Letters 2006

  • October 6: Guilty or not?, Innocence and DNA testing, Women's track events, Cancellara, Cycling deaths, Is Dick Pound credible?, A load of Grappe?, Cheating defined, Floyd's turbo bottle, T-Mobile
  • September 29: Bravo Paolo, T-Mobile, Shortened grand tours, Floyd's turbo bottle, Basso's DNA test refusal, Is Dick Pound credible?, Basso cleared, Natural process possible?, Cycling deaths, Frankie Andreu, Double standards, Cancellara
  • September 22: 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
  • 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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