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Letters to Cyclingnews - January 4, 2008

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Great day for cycling
Sydor's consistency
Hincapie in T-Mobile kit
CA awards misses national series
Thank you
Ivan Basso - why no tough questions?
Cadel Evans - returns to training
Helmets belong on heads
Armstrong on Landis
Will there be a Tour of Missouri?
Roberto Heras
Speaking about Lance
Mayo's B Sample

Great day for cycling

Dear Cyclingnews,

I wanted to write and thank you for the article about Team Type 1. Those guys are such an inspiration to every person with diabetes. I have seen what people with diabetes have to go through on a daily basis, and to think that they are going pro, and aiming for races such as the Tour of California is phenomenal.

It would be a great team with a message, and a positive spin on bike racing for a change. I hope to see these guys in Cali, and all the big races in the US, and the world so that the we can see the technology used to succeed, and bring some joy to cycling fans again.

Again, what a positive, inspiring story, and it will even help regular old guys like me to overcome my obstacles, and get out on the bike.

Wes Parrish
Atlanta, Georgia

Friday, December 21

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Sydor's consistency

Chuck ,

You’re right on that (CN letters December 27, 2007)! I first saw Sydor race in 1996, and I know what you mean; a real trooper. Then this past September at Interbike I saw her inducted into the Mountain Bike Hall of-Fame.

I hope the great ambassadors of the sport (Dave Weins, Tinker, Steve Tilford, Sydor) keep racing for a long time.

Byron Smith
Los Angeles

Thursday, December 20

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Hincapie in T-Mobile kit

The High Road Sports kits are going to be pretty much all black. I saw the mock-ups at Hincapie Sports.

Mark Merrill
South Carolina

Friday, December 21

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Merry Christmas UCI: here's a gift-wrapped clue

Why don't you try to start a movement to add cyclo-cross to the winter Olympic Games? It's an increasingly popular branch of the cycling family, it's exciting for absolute beginner fans, and it might jump start overall cycling popularity and renew interest in the 'hard-man's sport’.

Andrew Couch

Tuesday, December 25

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CA awards misses national series

Bravo to the FRF Couriers/NSWIS Cycling Team!

It was brave to invest your time, money and resources into a UCI Continental Team and your commitment has boosted cycling in Australia. I am sure that others recognise your efforts and hope not only that you will continue, but that many others will see how it can be done and follow your lead.

Alex Huntley
Melbourne, Victoria

Monday, December 31

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Thank you

Dear Cyclingnews,

Thank you for your reporting, the rider diaries, equipment reviews, Fitness Q&A, and especially for your love of cycling.

Yes, professional cycling has issues - lots of issues. But riding ( and sometimes racing ) a bicycle is a beautiful thing and is an essential part of this.

Happy Holidays and looking forward to a Great New Year!

Sie Havas

Tuesday, December 25

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Ivan Basso - why no tough questions?

Dear Cyclingnews,

I wasn't impressed by your interview with Ivan Basso. Whilst journalists are not part of the doping problem, they can help with the solution.

Good on Basso for helping a charity, if you want to publicise the charity, go for it. Yet Basso is a banned cheat. Arguably, the revelations about his"attempted"doping were a factor in driving Discovery Channel out of our sport.

We're still in the dark as to what he was up to with Dr. Fuentes. There are a lot of questions I'd like to ask. But why did you not seem to ask any tough questions? Why give him such an easy ride?

As long as journalists get starstruck and offer seemingly uncritical interviews with cheats, cleaning up our sport can only be harder.

Mark Burton

Friday, December 28

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Cadel Evans - returns to training #1


Time for a chill pill. It's a slow time of year for cycling and it's better to be in the news to discuss training and future aims rather than another drugs controversy. Also, as you should know, every athlete needs a rest to train effectively, especially if you have been the most consistent professional rider throughout the year, placed second and fourth in two major tours and raced from February to late October.

Two to three weeks off to recharge the batteries is not only necessary for the legs, but essential for the brain as well. I am sure that any professional rider of Cadel's experience knows how to train for their major aims.

Julius Liptak

Thursday, December 27

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Cadel Evans - returns to training #2

C'mon Timothy, Give us a break with your home-spun admonishments:"That, my friend, is how to win the Tour. Don't just follow, Cadel...LEAD!"Greg LeMond clearly showed there is only one day on which you must lead the Tour to win it.

Trevor Bond
Hong Kong

Thuday, December 27

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Cadel Evans - returns to training #3

Once again Cadel Evan's commitment, tactical sense and judgement is being questioned. As Evans himself has said many times before, his strength is his consistency. Why don't people just accept that?

Evans has admitted to making one or two errors over three weeks which probably cost him a win in the Tour de France. As he has also stated many times before, if he did not attack it was because he was incapable of increasing his effort or was worried about draining himself too far from the finish of a stage.

Evans has ridden three Tours and improved his result each time. I believe that Cadel learned some important lessons last year. Barring accidents or illness during the 2008 Tour, I believe he will at least finish on the podium and will probably win it.

He is constantly underrated and misunderstood, but I think this is to his advantage as the media and so called sports journalists still don't know what to make of him.

Cadel is his own man. Quietly confident is no handicap and a refreshing change from the usual overly dramatic types that passes for elite athlete commentary. He knows what his is capable of and what he has to do, better than anyone else.

By the way Mr Schinsky, Cadel was not training after the 2007 Tour…he was still racing.

Ian Sharp
Wollongong, NSW

Thuday, December 27

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Cadel Evans - returns to training #4

Timothy Schinsky must have some considerable track record in training and advising Tour de France winners to speak with such authority on Cadel Evans and his ’08 Tour de France preparation.

Unlike many, many other Tour contenders, Cadel didn't just hang up his wheels for the rest of the year and bask in his achievements for 2007. He did admirable rides in the Tour of Spain, World Championships and Tour of Lombardy, and clinched the ProTour title, all of which could be seen as preparation for 2008.

He would have taken a well-deserved rest and then begun his non-racing preparation for 2008, using his own considerable experience, the knowledge he has gained of just how his body responds to training and racing and the advice of experienced coaches.

I doubt very much Mr Schinsky would have been contacted during this or any other period of preparation.

I'm just an amateur racing dabbler, but even I know that you cannot train for a race 364 days away with any kind of effectiveness.

Let's not forget, Cadel has been a top professional rider for many years, and you don't come second in the Tour de France by being a lucky amateur. I'm pretty sure he knows what he's doing.

Graham Springett
Wagga Wagga, NSW

Friday, December 28

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Cadel Evans - returns to training #5

"Give us something to read, substance perhaps?"Tim Schinsky is very demanding for a guy that doesn't pay anything to read Cyclingnews. Although I'm not a journalist, I understand that there is really nothing stopping a creative and talented person from going out there and writing their own stories.

Perhaps instead of demanding things, Tim can write the stories he craves for himself.

Ritch Longmire
Melbourne, Victoria

Saturday, December 29

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Helmets belong on heads

“Wear your helmet like you want your loved ones to” - what an awesome statement, one of the helmet companies should pick up on this and use it.

I just fell of my cyclo-cross bike, at almost a dead stop and cracked my Bell helmet at the left temple completely through. Except for some very minor road rash on my chin, no other injury! I could be either dead right now or eating through an I.V.

Still amazes me to see professionals in their training group rides not wearing helmets. Helmets are so light now I sometimes have to reach up to check that I put it on.

Got to go now, my new Bell just arrived…

Patrick Caselli
San Jose, California

Friday, December 21

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Armstrong on Landis #1

I have to agree with Doug (CN letters December 27, 2007). It appears that any evidence is admissible by the authorities who test the athletes. Dubiously flawed or otherwise.

Look at the Iban Mayo debacle, a disgrace and the throwing out of this kangaroo court decision is the only decent thing to do. The real world would call it"Lack of Admissible Evidence", except in cycling, they will keep testing until they find someone to agree with the first finding. And who better that the lab who tested the A sample?

If it were not so sad it would be laughable. Floyd Landis was guilty in the opinion of this lab testing him, from the minute the first test was done, and on any subsequent sample. The UCI has a responsibility to its members, not only to punish the guilty within the guidelines and rules, but also to preserve the integrity of the riders concerned. It is not good enough to hail them, the cyclists as heroes for years, but when an air of suspicion surrounds them to step away and be among the first to lead the witch hunt, crying villains louder than the rest.

Careers are going to be destroyed, not only for the guilty - and rightly so - but also innocent riders will suffer the same if the nonsense is not stopped. A clear and concise set of guidelines have to be supplied.

I am an exponent of fair play for all and the thought of some young athlete being blamed in the wrong would be a travesty. I for two decades worked with young cyclists, and my only performance enhancer was hard work, and then some more of the same. Cycling is my life.

James McAllister

Thuday, December 27

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Armstrong on Landis #2

It does tend to bring the system under question...evidence, arguments, testimony and ‘decision’. It just seems bizarre and illogical, most assuredly the factual evidence versus the ‘political’ testimony.

John Schaffer
Orange, California

Friday, December 28

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Will there be a Tour of Missouri?

Due to a Tour of America being slated for the same time as the Tour of Missouri, will the Tour of Missouri still happen? The Tour of America revision has a stop in St. Louis.

I enjoyed the Tour of Missouri volunteering there this past September. It was great to see the Discovery Channel's farewell tour, and Slipstream's team too. I am looking forward to the domestic squad's in 2008, with the signing of Tyler with Rock Racing. America has come of age in cycling.

Darryl Englander
Mason, Missouri

Sunday, December 23

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Roberto Heras

I cannot believe the arrogance of Roberto Heras in blaming everybody else for the predicament in which he now finds himself (First Edition Cyclingnews, December 30). When will proven drug cheats, such as himself, realise it is because of their lack of sporting integrity that the sport of cycling now finds it hard to attract sponsors, leading to so many riders - his colleagues - being without contract?

Like, I am sure, many fellow cycling fans, I am prepared to see reformed cyclists return from a drug ban to the professional peloton, but in my opinion, people with Heras' attitude and lack of sporting morals are best left out.

Best wishes to all for a healthy 2008.

Neil MacBean
United Kingdom

Sunday, December 30

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Speaking about Lance

One would have to be exceedingly naive to believe that Lance Armstrong won his seven Tour de France titles on spring water and vitamins. Through the years just about all of his rivals have tested positive, yet he remained pure as the driven snow.

Many of his team-mates have been busted for dope, yet Armstrong has escaped detection. It doesn't mean he raced clean, it only means that he escaped detection.

Any time someone comes out with proof or even valid suspicion against Armstrong, that someone is silenced. F. Andreau was flicked from Toyota United, P. Steffen was flicked from TIAA-Cref. Both came out speaking against Armstrong, now people seem afraid of their job or perhaps their life to place suspicion on Armstrong.

Again, one would have to be naive to believe he raced clean.

Austin McTavish
Tahoe City, California

Wednesday, January 2

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Mayo's B Sample

The retesting of Mayo's B sample shows that once again the cycling authorities have shown that they are more damaging to the sport than any doper. First and foremost the riders, teams and the public have to have faith that the system works. When the governing body can't even follow it's own rules there is trouble.

This practice of testing the sample until they get the result they want abhorrent. The UCI makes itself more ridiculous all the time.

Murray Yazer

Saturday, December 22

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Letters 2007

  • December 27: CA awards misses national series, Armstrong on Landis, Vinokourov's sentence, Vinokourov, Cadel Evans - returns to training, Mayo's B sample to get B test
  • December 14: Sydor's consistency, George Hincapie, Helmet straps must be cinched a bit too tight, Will there soon be a sample"C"test?, ProTour, Vino's joke of a suspension, Mafioso McQuaid, Obee and Health Net, Mayo's B sample to get B test, Campagnolo offers its own 'red' shifter, T-Mobile's withdrawal a blow to Jaksche
  • December 6: Tschüss T-Mobile, Anquetil, Mayo's B sample to get B test, T-Mobile drop out, Obee and Health Net, Stefano Zanini
  • 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, 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, 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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