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Letters to Cyclingnews - December 6, 2007

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Tschüss T-Mobile
Anquetil
Mayo's B sample to get B test
T-Mobile drop out
Obee and Health Net
Stefano Zanini

Tschüss T-Mobile

I have been wondering over the past days if it is acceptable to feel somewhat relived that Deutsche Telekom has pulled out of their involvement with cycling in Germany...

I joined the cycling community largely inspired by the team, the members, and the spirit shown by all connected with the magenta. And I have been following very closely with fear, anger, disappointment and much, much frustration over the past year all the scandals, the drama, and the absurd levels of hype that have surrounded T-Mobile. Living in Germany, I hope you trust me, when I say that the media's and the public's reactions to doping "revelations" and practices have created an environment so full of scepticism and doubt, fuelled by accusation after accusation, that no one is surprised T-Mobile has pulled the plug.

Cycling in Germany has hit crossroads this year, perhaps more than the whole organisation of cycling itself. Its heroes have been disgraced beyond repair, doping practises have been publicly identified within all levels of competition, and sadly the sport no longer became sport. Rather it turned into a strange hybrid creature- part witch-hunt; part absolution; part reinvention; part nostalgia; part nonsense; absolute self-destruction.

And this is why I am relieved. I can only concluded that the German cycling community- whether intentional or not; whether driven politically or not; whether man-handled by media hype or not- has not only shot itself in the foot, but has removed both legs, a few fingers, singed off it's hair, and burnt the crowd standing nearby. The main pillar holding cycling together has fallen and it is a simple case of "Schadenfreude". With the pillar fallen, so to are those brilliant magenta jerseys and those golden memories of the "golden years". And it is exactly what the people have been asking for the whole year.

Thankfully, now it seems like the team, including those fabulous women can return to doing what they are supposed to be doing- providing simple inspiration to us to go out and try something bigger, higher, and greater than ourselves. Bob Stapleton, Rolf Aldag, Michael Rogers, Judith Arndt, Linus Gerdemann and the like do not have to be wearing magenta to do so.

I love the Germans. I love German cyclists. But they do not deserve a team such as Team Telekom and T-Mobile was, and what Team High Road will be.

Siobhan
Dresden, Germany
Thursday, November 29, 2007

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Anquetil

I am responding to the letters regarding Les Woodland's Jacques Anquetil article. I read the 1963 book by Anquetil ("Je suis comme ca") some years ago and in the book he described his exploits. At that time he had won four tours and he describes how in the book he made the point to win the 1963 Tour de France in the mountains. He won four stages that year, two time trials and two mountain stages both times ahead of Ferderico Bahamontčs; on the tenth stage he beat a group of three which included Bahamontes and Poulidor and in the 17th stage he beat Bahamontes who was wearing the maillot jaune with only three seconds lead on Anquetil. Anquetil beat him in the sprint and won the maillot jaune, so he beat Bahamontes in the mountains that year and increased his lead in the time trial that followed.

It is disappointing that cycling historians like to brush over these types of facts. In this way the cycling historians promote a certain simplified guide to cycling - Anquetil: boring calculated machine, Merckx: cannibal, Hinault: badger, Indurain: time trialist, Armstrong: time trials+mountains, whereas there is such a rich history which is never told. So many great riders have won grand tours but their stories are never told - such as Giovanni Battaglin winning the Giro-Vuelta in 1981, Melchor Mauri or Franco Chioccioli.

But going back to the remark by Woodward that "Poulidor was adored for not winning anything very much at all" (which Geoffrey White mentioned in his letter to Cyclingnews), this remark seems to imply disrespect for races such as the Vuelta a Espana. Poulidor won the Vuelta a Espana in 1964 - the year after Anquetil won it and two years after Anquetil attempted it for the first time. I would think that it was a very tough race to win, certainly in Eddy Merckx's time (1973) he had to fight the excellent Spanish climbers and he received several inadequate time gaps! Poulidor also had to contend with several Spanish climbers and indeed the top nine overall were all within ten minutes each other and the first three all within two minutes. Poulidor only won a single stage in that Vuelta, a time trial, where he took the leader's jersey with three days remaining, and won the race with only thirty three seconds over Luis Otano (who wore the leaders jersey for five days during the race).So it is likely that Poulidor himself rode defensively during his only grand tour win but is remembered for attacking Anquetil.

Poulidor brought his form after his Vuelta win to the 1964 Tour de France and severely threatened the maillot jaune of Anquetil - the 1964 Tour win of Anquetil is probably remembered most and the basis for the assessment that Anquetil always rode defensively.

Eugene
The Netherlands
Friday, November 30, 2007

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Mayo's B sample to get B test

On the matter of the comments made by P Illovsky in the context of Iban Mayo's repeated B sample testing by the UCI, I have to say that this is great concern. Whilst I also deplore cheating in any form including doping, it seems to me in this case that fundamental human rights are being violated. The right to a fair trial is one thing, but natural justice is a second. It seems crazy that a lab which detected an A sample positive also conducts the B sample. Presently the labs seem irreproachable, but cannot possibly always be faultless. This is why testing in a separate lab is crucial and gives objectivity to the procedure because clearly the French lab in this case has a vested interest to find the B positive - especially as this lab has been under some scrutiny for other well publicised cases in terms of questionable quality and confidentiality.

It may be that the comments by Mr Illovsky likening the situation to Nazism are a little strong, but the observer cannot help but notice that the UCI and other international agencies involved in doping have become somewhat didactic. Unfortunately the infamous Ann Gripper has not helped the case for objectivity with some of her statements. I feel sorry for Mayo. The fact that he was 'targeted' by the UCI for example is a concern and Gripper's odd statements about the running of the Belgian tests don't give any sense of fairness in the process. Given the investment made in finding Mayo guilty I predict a positive B sample from France. I bet he expects that too.

Markos Mendiska
Canterbury, England
Friday, November 30, 2007

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T-Mobile drop out

Surprise, surprise - a Belgian who isn't too bothered by doping. Well, unfortunately for the now deceased German teams, the German public is a little more squeamish.

Living in the real world, rather than in some 1930s sepia tinted film reel, sporting sponsors are generally in the business of building brand awareness and interest rather than out of some sense of sporting philanthropy. Any brand owner would have to think long and hard about continuing a relationship with an entity that was pulling down its precious, hard earned brand - think Big Brother / Carphone Warehouse, Pepsi / Jackson, etc, etc.

To my mind, T-Mobile have actually displayed quite a degree of patience. They worked hard over the last year to turn around the team culture but they simply ran out of time; the German public is on their backs and their brand is suffering. Nor have they left the team high and dry either if Stapleton is to be believed - High Road apparently has enough budget to operate for two years without a major sponsor.

Blaming the T-Mobile organisation for the travails of German cycling is simply delusional. Whilst they may indeed have shown naivety over the years, the real culprits are the bunch of short term, self obsessed, drug using riders they used to employ.

Huw Watkins
Friday, November 30, 2007

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Obee and Health Net

Why is Health Net offering Obee half of what he made this year? They are giving good contracts to Sutherland, Pipp, and Zajicek. These guys are good riders, but isn't Obee's record much better?

It is an outrage that riders such as Rory Sutherland, Frank Pipp, and Zajicek continue to get good money for racing with Health Net. Why is it that Kirk Obee is offered half of what he made this year? I am guessing he is only making around $30,000 to start with. Why offer him $15,000 this year when he won so many races?

Jeff
Sunday, December 2, 2007

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Stefano Zanini

Zanini was suspended, but later acquitted by the CAS (http://www.cyclingnews.com/news/?id=2003/apr03/apr18news). If he was unjustly accused, it might be that he has more reason to be upset about the doping culture in cycling than most. If "Adam M" wants to complain about others maybe he should sign his full name to his complaints, so that we can all know who he is when it turns out he is wrong.

Like all of the peloton in the 90s it is, sadly, impossible to know for sure whether Zanini was clean. But I remember Zanini as a smart tactical rider and an honest pro. He always seemed to me to give his best, even when he wasn't winning.

Iain Thorpe
Wellington, NZ
Monday, December 3, 2007

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Helmet straps must be cinched a bit too tight

What on earth was Cadel Evans thinking when he blabbed that the Pro Tour title was the thing he most prized this year? At best he should have finished second (again!). Danilo Di Luca is the True ProTour champion (an appropriately dead series now, anyway) as far as I am concerned. Di Luca's disqualification from the ProTour, and the subsequent erasure of his points, for an offense committed years ago was a disgrace, and was unjustified. To hear Cadel crowing about it now, makes him sound simply stupid. I guess that's the kind of mindset a person can get when they are always finishing second, when they can't break out, and make things happen on their own. Too bad for him.

Oh, and don't I know that his fans will be infuriated by my saying these things. But, too bad, it's the truth. I'm sure that there are a lot of overly righteous, anti drug zealots out there that live a pure life, and will stand for nothing less from everybody else in this world. And, in their absolute way of thought processing, they will argue that Danilo Di Luca got what he deserved.

But think about it for a second. How would you like it if a court case against you dragged on for years? Then when you were gainfully employed and creatively nurturing a fruitful career, suddenly the "authorities" came to your place of employment, and hauled you away to detention, erasing everything you had worked years for. Costing you your present job? All because they retained the right to keep the case against you open, in perpetuity!

I stand firmly against any type of doping. In fact, I feel that doping should be criminalized. Then, when the riders are looking at jail time if they get busted, I'd bet that would bring doping to a screeching halt. But the ludicrous way that cycling has been dealing with doping is disgusting to watch, though I am still a fan of the sport. I fully understand its sponsorship problems. Because any potential sponsors know, the beginning of 2008 will awake the ugly giant once again. Be assured, the ugly stories await us, it's become inevitability. Cadel Evans shouldn't be celebrating his Pro Tour title so enthusiastically; it says more about him than he seems to understand.

Ralph Michael Emerson
Tuesday, December 4, 2007

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Letters 2007

  • November 30: Anquetil,Mayo's B sample to get B test, Stefano Zanini, Rider's passport, Betting, Jonathan Page, Wake up!!, T-Mobile drop out, Bike design originality
  • November 23: Remembering Jacques Anquetil, Done looking back, Mayo's B sample to get B test, Cross crank, Rider's passport, Blood passports and humanity, Fothen's comments on Bettini, Nathan O'Neill , Sinkewitz, Rasmussen blood values, Sponsorship strangeness, Dick Pound better understood, Bike design originality,
  • November 16: Nathan O'Neill, Rasmussen blood values, The Crocodile Trophy, Sinkewitz, Drug testing procedures, Rider's passport, The drug issue, Bike design originality , Sponsorship strangeness, Selfishness will ruin cycling
  • November 9: The Crocodile Trophy, A little bit of bias here?, Rider's passport, Kasheckin, Positive tests, Drug testing procedures, Marco Pinotti: Engineering a new path, Bike design originality
  • November 2: What does this mean?, Le Tour 08, Mayo's B sample, Bike design originality, Trimble, UCI says Mayo case not closed, Drug testing procedures ... and false positives, Kashechkin: controls violate human rights, Drug testing procedures, Mayo, UCI, Kashechkin, et al... Great, now it's coming from both ends, Positive tests, Why even bother with B samples then?, Mayo's positive EPO test, Falling barriers
  • October 26: Rider passports & Cadel Evans, Drug testing procedures ... and false positives, Iban Mayo's false positive, Iban Mayo and Landis, Armstrong on Landis, Mayo's B sample, UCI turns Mayo's case into a debaucle, Great...now they hand pick the results, No justice for Mayo, UCI says Mayo case not closed, Bike design originality, 2006 Tour de France, A bad week for cycling, A fitting end to the season
  • October 19: 2006 Grand Tour trifecta!, 2006 Tour de France, A fitting end to the season, Armstrong on Landis, Bike design originality, doping in cycling, Doping numbers, Paris-Tours testing mishap, UCI and the lack of testing!, Vino's other Tour stage win, The absolute best?
  • October 12: Armstrong on Landis, Bike design originality, Cycling drama, Doping is unfair; but so is discrimination, It’s not doping that's..., Landis case - everyone's a loser, Length and cost of the Landis case, R & R, The Landis decision, Tour of America
  • October 5: Cycle drama, It's not doping that's "killing" the sport, Why is VAM a benchmark, Tour of America, The Landis decision, DYNEPO, Worlds, Rock & Republic's CEO Michael Ball, Please explain, Giuseppe Guerini, FICP
  • September 28: Tour of America, World champion zany-ness, The Landis decision, ASO v UCI, McQuaid vs ASO vs the riders, Please explain, Why is VAM a benchmark, Giuseppe Guerini, Menchov felt betrayed by Rasmussen, ProTour and Le Tour, Where is the due process
  • September 21: Astana's future and Bruyneel, Bruyneel's afterlife, Floyd Landis decision, Why is VAM a benchmark, Lifetime bans, Menchov felt betrayed by Rasmussen, Ungrateful Levi, Spanish cycling, Where is the due process
  • September 14: Astana & Bruyneel, Cycling vs. soccer, Cycling will survive, Floyd Landis decision, LeMond's comments, Menchov felt betrayed by Rasmussen, Ungrateful Levi, Why is VAM a benchmark?
  • September 7: Cycling vs. soccer, Floyd Landis decision, UCI, ASO, LeMond, et al who cares? Riders, Lawyers in the Landis case, LeMond's comments, Riders taking the fall?, US Postal/Discovery R.I.P.
  • August 31: LeMond’s comments, Farewell De Peet, Cycling needs a Norma Rae, Vino & human rights?, Cadel was robbed, Floyd Landis decision, Market beliefs, Sinkewitz Positive.
  • August 23: Biting the hand that feeds you, Cadel was robbed, Congratulations to grand tour organizers, Cycling needs a Norma Rae, Discovery folding, Drugs and cycling, Fewer ProTour teams, Floyd Landis decision, Petacchi’s asthma, Science of doping, Sinkewitz positive, Tailwind withdrawal, The good news...., Unibet, what a shame, World’s exclusion, Vino: "a clear violation of human rights"?,
  • August 17: Dying from within..., Cadel was robbed, Biting the hand that feeds you, Discovery folding, Astana-Tour cover-up?, Christian Moreni, UCI may lose it all, Drugs & cycling, Aussie proTour team, Valverde and the worlds, Klöden: are things getting out of control?, Congratulations to grand tours organizers
  • August 10: Smarter Drug Testing, Cassani and Rasmussen, Bruyneel: take doping seriously, The dubious Disco boys, Spanish ethics, Who's to blame for doping?, Untrustworthy authorities, Insurance for pro riders, Science of doping, It's working?, State of cycling, Less mountain stages, Positively false, Sinkewitz positive, Team suspensions, Tour ethics, Vino response, Editorials call for ending Tour, Revoking le Tours jerseys, LeMond, the voice crying out in the desert, WADA vigilantes
  • August 3, Part 1: What about team suspensions?, WADA vigilantes, Vino response, Vino excluded, but why the whole team?, Unanswered questions, Tour de France doping "scandals", State of cycling, Spanish ethics and the A.C. joke, Sinkewitz positive, Secondary testing?, Editorials calling for ending Tour, Rasmussen's location, Quality control and anti doping, Positively False, McQuaid: not the Godfather of cycling, Less mountain stages
  • August 3, Part 2: LeMond, the voice crying out in the desert, Le Tour, L'affaire Vino, It’s the culture, IOC questioning cycling in Olympics, Greg LeMond is not surprised, Greg LeMond, German TV, Due process, Evans v Contador - the real margin of victory, Doping, the media and the MPCC, Doping, Evans, Dope tests and the tour, Different perspective on doping, David Millar, Cycling revolution, Cadel was robbed, Bruyneel a 'man in black'?, Another drug test result leaked, Andy Hampsten
  • July 27 Part 1: 80's style back in fashion?, A great few days for cycling, Vino excluded, but why the whole team?, Another drug test result leaked, ASO discretion in administering Tour justice, Astana in stage 5, Astana’s tactics, Bad day for Australia, Bloody dopes, Cadel Evans, Catching Vino is good news, Conspiracy?, David "what a joke" Millar, Doping, Doping controls, Tour ethics, German TV, LeMond, the voice crying out in the desert, How many big bastards in the peloton?
  • July 27 Part 2: How will cycling survive, Kazahkstan Pie, Kessler's lie, Landis and lie detector, Landis testing, Le maillot jaune is gone, LeMond and mitochondria myopathy, The'Vino' scene, Losing time and bouncing back, Losing my religion, Moreau, No, not Vino, Out of season testing and baseline tests, PED's, Revoking le Tours jerseys, Petacchi out
  • July 20: What about team suspensions?, Tyler Hamilton, Stuttgart Worlds, Sinkewitz positive, Petacchi out!, Bad day for Australia, Kessler's lie, Landis and lie detector, LeMond and mitochondria myopathy, Intestinal problems, Greg LeMond, the voice crying out in the desert, Fair doping tests, Drug testing and sequence of recorded results, Revoking le Tours jerseys, Advice for Stapleton and Sinkewitz, Astana in stage 5, Crashes, bike changes & team cars
  • July 13: Fair doping tests, Tyler Hamilton, Tour downright exciting!, Stuttgart(?) Worlds, Rocketing Robbie v tormented Tommy, Armstrong's comment to ASO, Petacchi out, LeMond and mitochondria myopathy, Intestinal Problems, Incentive for doping, Imagine, UCI agreement, Does the UCI test for blood transfusions?, The real heroes, Bicycle options,
  • July 5: Tour de France boring!, The real heroes, The flying Scotsman, Signing the contract, No Zabriskie?, LeMond and mitochondria myopathy, Incentive for Doping, Bicycle Options, Anti-doping charter, Sale of the century
  • June 29: "The Flying Scotsman",Cancellara,The real heroes, Categorised Climbs, Tour for Devolder and Zabriskie?, Tour de France, boring!,Nationalistic pride, Anti Doping Charter, Bicycle Options, Doping, Doping Coverage - Enough already..., Who dopes? Who doesn't? Who cares!
  • June 22: Anti Doping Charter, The real heroes, Basso's "suspension", Categorized climbs, Bicycle options, Greg LeMond and record ITT's, It is about us!, Finding the clean winner of the TdF?, Tour de France, BORING!, Prudhomme and the 1996 Tour farce, Riis, the '96 Tour and Prudhomme, Amnesty for doping..., Cycling, doping....???, Who dopes? Who doesn't? Who cares!
  • June 15: Bicycle options, New Trek Madone, A week of confessions, Cycling - not yet a real professional sport, Di Luca's finest win..., Three Tour wins for Ullrich?, Ullrich getting screwed, Giro fever, Amnesty for doping offenses, Greg LeMond and record ITTs, Is drafting a known doper cheating?, Let's sort this mess out, Doping hypocrisy, Cycling, doping....?, Prudhomme and the1996 Tour farce, Simoni goes 1850 meters / hour
  • June 8: Di Luca's finest win, Simoni goes 1850 metres / hour, What ever happened to Iban Mayo?, Andy the Dandy, Three Tour wins for Ullrich?, Ullrich getting screwed, Percentage of pros with asthma, Amnesty for doping offenses, ling - not yet a real professional sport, Doping and cycling, Greg LeMond and record ITTs, Meaningless defense, We are out of denial - Let's look forward
  • June 1, part 1: A thought for cycling's true heroes..., A cunning plan, A great opportunity for the UCI, Admissions of guilt, Let's have some real confessions, Amnesty is the way forward, Suggestions for an amnesty, Amnesty, Amnesty or punishment?, ASO's double standard, Tour Clowns, Bjarne Riis, Bjarne Riis confession, Riis must go, Riis, Basso, Zabel, et al..., Repairing the Magenta Express, Tip of the iceberg, Riis and winning the tour on EPO
  • June 1, part 2: Confessions?, Honour - Seemingly rare in cycling, How deep do you go?, Who do we give it to?, A week of confessions, Peer pressure, Mind boggling hypocrisy, Pro cycling - Sometimes you make it hard to love you, Meaningless defence, Riding with Lance, Lucky Lance, Cheating by proxy, LeMond trying to tear down US riders , So, if Floyd is right..., Thank you Floyd, Floyd Landis hearing, Mr. Young's closing arguments, Something more important..., What ever happened to Iban Mayo?, Percentage of pros with asthma:
  • May 23: Landis case live coverage, LeMond a true champion, Questioning LeMond's motives, LeMond trying to tear down US riders, Saint LeMond, Landis and his character, Landis has made cycling a joke, Landis had his drink spiked?, Landis in a corner, Landis polygraph?, Landis' disclosure of information, The quality of Landis' character, Landis' behaviour, Joe Papp
  • May 18: Armstrong can defend himself, Di Brat, Chris Hoy's world kilo record attempt , Hoy in sixty seconds, What ever happened to Iban Mayo?, Hypocrisy of the cycling world, Italian Reactions to Basso, Who's telling the truth?, Basso + Ullrich = Armstrong?, Basso still a legend, Simoni vs Basso, Basso, Landis etc The new mafia?, Landis to ask UCI to boot Pound, Vinokourov to claim second in '05 TdF?, Percentage of pros with asthma, Unibet at Dunkerque
  • May 11: An attempt at doping?, Almost as bad as Ullrich, Basso admission, Hats off Basso, Basso still a legend, Basso's attempted plea bargain, Basso and Discovery, Discovery's PR, Basso vs Simoni , Truth and Reconciliation Commission, A means to an end, Hypocrisy of the cycling world, Vinokourov to claim second in '05 TdF? , New Puerto plan, Where is the Puerto money?, Time to start re-stating race results, The morals and math of cycling, Chris Hoy's world kilo record attempt , Unibet at Dunkerque, Davide Rebellin
  • May 4: Call that a race?, Reflecting on Schumacher's win, Pose with Landis, at a price, Danielson should leave Discovery, Davide Rebellin, The year of the clean Classics?, Basso and Discovery, Basso this, Landis that, Ullrich the other..., Basso, DNA and whatever else, Basso's DNA, Say it ain't so, Johan, Let's cut them some slack!, Armstrong, head and shoulders above?, Landis, Armstrong vs the Lab, It's not all about the Tour!, Puerto Affair
  • April 27: The year of the clean Classics?, David Rebellin, Call that a race?, Reflecting on Schumacher's win, Danielson should leave Discovery, Inspirational O'Grady and those cobbles, L'Equipe does it again!, Tour de France speaks out, The morals and math of cycling, Basso and Puerto, Puerto, part deux, Gilberto, you were right!, Landis, Armstrong vs the Lab, Pose with Landis, at a price?, Taking blood, Gent-Wevelgem and the Kemmelberg, Gent-Wevelgem and water bottles
  • April 20: Stuey wins Roubaix, O'Grady Rocks!, An Aussie in Arenberg, Deep-dish carbon versus the cobbles, Gent-Wevelgem and water bottles, Unibet/FdJ/Lotto - Help!, U.S. Open Cycling Championships, Racing in America, Retesting Floyd's B-samples, Taking blood
  • April 13: Thoughts on Flanders, Crashes at Gent-Wevelgem, Gent-Wevelgem and water bottles, What about that loose water bottle?, T-Mobile one-two, Popo for the Classics, Racing in America, U.S. Open Cycling Championships, Unibet/FdJ/Lotto - Help!, French hypocrites?, Bjarne Riis, Floyd Landis 'B' sample fiasco, Taking blood, Ullrich DNA match
  • April 6: April Fools, Ullrich DNA match, Taking blood, T-Mobile and Puerto, The song remains the same, Ullrich and Hamilton, Tyler Hamilton and flu, Unibet and access into France, Bjarne Riis, Popovych, The death of irony, Armstrong boring?, Ullrich/Armstrong comparisons
  • March 30: Basso wind tunnel testing, Bjarne Riis, Riis' response, Drugs in other sports, Dominquez at Redlands, Armstrong boring?, Ullrich/Armstrong comparisons, Popovych - the new Armstrong?, ASO wildcard selections, ASO-UCI split, Boys atop the sport, Cycling at two speeds, Puerto shelved, Tyler Hamilton.
  • March 23: Popovych - the new Armstrong?, A few years ago, Tyler Hamilton, Operación Puerto not complete, Puerto shelved, ASO-UCI split, Drugs in other sports, Basso wind tunnel testing, Water bottle and cage sponsorship, Bates' article on Jan Ullrich, Ullrich's retirement, The current state of cycling
  • March 16: Don Lefévčre, Lefévčre tries to reinforce omerta, Spring fever, Ullrich's retirement, UCI has no power, Puerto shelved, Who's been taking what?, ProTour a flawed competition?, UCI-Grand Tour organizer dual!, ASO-UCI split, ASO needs to see benefits in ProTour, Sponsorship, drug use and dinosaurs, The current state of cycling, New Pro Cyclist Union, Congratulations to Unibet, Unibet situation, Unibet.com marketing, Tour of California mistake
  • March 9: ASO - UCI split, UCI has no power, UCI vs. ASO, UCI vs. the world, ProTour and contracts, The Unibet fiasco: is it that bad?, Unibet and French law, Unibet situation, Pete Bassinger's Iditarod Trail record ride, Bates' article on Jan Ullrich, Ullrich's retirement, Tour of California expenses, Discovery's profile in Europe, Discovery's reasons for pulling sponsorship, Floyd's big ride
  • March 2: Ullrich's retirement, Altitude tents and EPO, Home-made altitude tents, Tyler Hamilton and drug testing, The agony of Unibet?, Discovery's reasons for pulling sponsorship, Discovery's world upside down?, Upside down Disco solved, Tour of California mistake, Graeme Brown, Hats off to Dick Pound?, Grand Tours, who really cares?, ProTour and contracts, ProTour vs wildcards, RCS' decision, UCI vs. the world, Floyd's big ride, Asthma everywhere
  • February 23: Altitude tents and EPO, Tour of California mistake, Chavanel's training regime, Discovery's reasons for pulling sponsorship, Discovery's world upside down?, Tyler Hamilton and drug testing, Grand Tours, who really cares?, The Unibet fiasco: is it that bad?, A solution to the Unibet situation, UCI and the ASO, UCI vs. the world, Will the fight never end?, Paris Nice and others, Pro Tour and contracts, RCS decision, Hats off to Dick Pound, Armstrong owes Dick Pound nothing, Graeme Brown, Asthma everywhere, The sorry state of pro-cycling
  • February 16: T-Mobile, Adam Hanson and doping, Unibet's new jersey, Double standards for Unibet?, RCS decision, A letter to ASO, Hamilton and Tinkov, Discovery Channel, Asthma everywhere, Bart Wellens' comments at the cross worlds, Best moment?, Crowd control at the cross worlds, Doping reconciliation, Get into 'cross racing, Pound still wants answers from Armstrong, The sorry state of pro-cycling
  • February 9: Unibet show they won't be put down, Double standards for Unibet?, Unibet's new jersey, Asthma everywhere, Bart Wellens' comments at the Cross Worlds, Crowd control at the Cross Worlds, Jonathan Page's mechanic beaten, Cheers to Bradley Wiggins, Bradley Wiggins' comments, Jaksche lashes out, Get into 'cross racing, Le Tour was created to sell newspapers, The stakes are too high, Doping reconciliation, Best moment of 2006?, Ivan Basso interview, Ullrich's DNA sample, Ullrich to Relax-GAM?, Ullrich partners with sports-clothing company, Still love to ride, My perfect state of mountain biking, A terrible model for cycling
  • February 2: The sanctimonious need to be taken out back, Confidentiality of test results, Oscar Pereiro cleared, Cyclo-cross reader poll results, Fairness in Operation Puerto?, Riders' nicknames, Doping reconciliation, Help for Floyd Landis, Museeuw's insults, Sven Nys, The Floyd Fairness Fund, The sorry state of pro-cycling
  • January 26: Drug testing methodologies, Museeuw the PR man, Museeuw's insults, Johan Museeuw and Tyler Hamilton, Sven Nys, Conduct in the pro peloton, McQuaid unhappy with Pereiro, Put doping in the correct context, Moreau wins 2006 TDF, Who wins the 2006 Tour now?, Drapac Porsche's exclusion from the TDU, Bike sponsorship, Compact geometry, The Floyd Fairness Fund
  • January 19: Drapac-Porsche and the TDU, Bettini to win the Ronde?, Frame geometry, Phil Liggett's recently stated views, Prudhomme's zealotry, 3 cheers for Christian Prudhomme, Deutschland Tour, 3 cheers for Saunier Duval, Dick Pound, Fairness in Operation Puerto?, Do the maths, The Floyd Fairness Fund
  • January 12: Dick Pound, Just 'Pound' him, Pound casts doubt on Landis, Pound comments, The Dick and Pat Show, McQuaid starts cultural polemic, Why the Pro Tour model will never work, The Floyd Fairness Fund, Riders' union, Cyclo-cross reader poll results, Danny Clark - an inspiration, Allan Peiper, Do the maths, Peter Van Petegem's secret, Justice and America, Lance in Leadville, Tubeless road tires
  • January 5: Danny Clark - an inspiration, Legal standards and cycling, Peter Van Petegem's secret, Lance a no show for Leadville, Cyclo-cross reader poll results, Do the math, A fair trial, Tubeless road tires, Manzano's polygraph test, Blind trust in implicated riders, A terrible state of affairs, Armstrong's credibility - the conspiracy theories, Best ride ever

Letters 2006

  • December 29: Lance in Leadville, Leadville Trail 100, Manzano's polygraph test, British Cycling and the Tour de France, Tell me, what's the problem?, "Disco" team?, Presumption of innocence, Landis and the Landaluze case, Landis' defense fund, American culture, Armstrong's credibility, Back room politics and the IPCT
  • December 22: Scott Peoples, Hypocrite?, Landis and the Landaluze case, Landis' defense fund, Rumours and innuendo, Bjarne Riis interview, Enough already, Back room politics and the IPCT, Armstrong's credibility, American culture, Bjarne's ignorance factor, Deutschland Tour and Denmark Tour, Operation Puerto and the UCI
  • December 15: A totally predictable situation?, Armstrong's credibility, Deutschland Tour and Denmark Tour, Back room politics and the IPCT, Holczer and others, Holczer and the Discovery exclusion, Bjarne's ignorance factor, Can't we all just get along?, DNA safety, Floyd Landis on Real Sports, Genevieve Jeanson, Mark McGwire, Operación Puerto bungled...deliberately?, Operation Puerto and the UCI
  • December 8: Genevieve Jeanson, Floyd Landis on Real Sports, Deutschland Tour, Bjarne's ignorance factor, USADA does it again, Labs and testing, Astana denied ProTour license, Isaac Gálvez, McQuaid, Question about DNA testing, Le Tour de Langkawi 2007
  • December 1: Hamilton, Isaac Gálvez, USADA does it again, Bjarne's ignorance factor, Shorten the Vuelta?, Vuelta short, shorter, shortest, Labs and testing, Ullrich to CSC, Clean up cycling's own house first, Fed up with doping, Strange sponsorships, What about Leipheimer?, French anti-doping laboratory, Basso agrees to DNA testing, Basso to Discovery, What's going on behind the scenes?, Graeme Obree
  • November 24: Graeme Obree, What about Leipheimer?, French anti-doping laboratory, Basso agrees to DNA testing, Basso to Discovery, Richard Virenque, UCI are the problem, What's going on behind the scenes?
  • November 17: Saiz and Tinkoff, Countdown to the 2007 Tour, Improving the reliability of testing, Basso to Discovery, Cycling and DNA testing, Forgetting Tom Simpson, Operación Puerto and national federations, Refusing DNA testing - an admission of guilt?. Reverse blood doping, Richard Virenque, What's going on behind the scenes?
  • November 10: Forgetting Tom Simpson, Tour Route, Basso to Discovery, Cycling and DNA testing, What is DNA testing?, Refusing DNA testing - an admission of guilt?, Jan Ullrich, Operación Puerto and national federations, Reverse blood doping, What's going on behind the scenes?, Comments on McQuaid
  • November 3: Tour Route, Return of a real good guy, Cameron Jennings, Future Australian ProTour team, Neil Stephens, 2007 Tour Intro Video Snub, Richard Virenque, Reverse blood doping, Comments on McQuaid, Marc Madiot, Who's more damaging?, What's going on behind the scenes?, Wada & Cycling's Governing Body, UCI and Doping, The Pope of Cycling and the Spanish Inquisition, Refusing DNA testing - an admission of guilt?, Put up or shut up!, DNA, its so ‘easy', DNA Testing In Cycling

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