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Letters to Cyclingnews - May 29, 2008

Here's your chance to get more involved with Cyclingnews. Comments and criticism on current stories, races, coverage and anything cycling related are welcomed, even pictures if you wish. Letters should be brief (less than 300 words), with the sender clearly identified. They may be edited for space and clarity; please stick to one topic per letter. We will normally include your name and place of residence, but not your email address unless you specify in the message.

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Bennati and race radios
Helmets in the Giro
Review error
LeMond vs. Armstrong
Losing something in the translation
Race radio?
Road rage incident
Weight work on the bike

Bennati and race radios

My hat's off to Daniele Bennati for his act of sportsmanship in not squeezing Mark Cavendish into the barriers on Stage 13. It cost him victory, but earned him a lifelong fan (me). With all of the negative aspects of cycling these days (doping, politics, etc.) it never fails to make me proud that at least once or twice every grand tour you see some act of sportsmanship such as this. Thank you Bennati for being the type of rider I wish everyone was!

Also, how can anyone (accept race directors) argue against a race radio ban? Imagine watching a flat or rolling stage and not knowing whether the break was going to stay away! I would actually have reason to watch more than the last five minutes of such stages.

Stephen Robinson
Friday, May 23, 2008

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Helmets in the Giro

Why were pro riders wearing helmets in an all ascent mountain time trial? Most athletes can run faster...will marathon runners be the next? You never know, they could run into poles or trees or trip on a loose shoe-lace and hurt their little selves. A

Burlington, Canada
Monday, May 26, 2008

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Review error

I very much enjoy your site, including your equipment reviews. However, I must take exception to today's review of the Wilier Triestina. You criticize the 13-26 cassette when paired with the 34-50 chainrings as being, "unforgivably casual...While this setup might be suitable for more leisurely jaunts in the park, any serious rider with a reasonable amount of fitness will almost certainly want to swap out the cassette for something with a more appropriate top end."

That's just nonsense. At a 120 rpm cadence and using 700C x 23mm tires, you'll be going 36.1 mph (58 kph) in that 50-13 combination--way beyond "leisurely jaunt" pace. Even a more casual 100 rpm puts you over 30 mph, a speed few can maintain for very long. And when going downhill, it's faster to get into an aero tuck than to keep pedaling once you've spun out this gear.

Do serious riders sometimes have a legitimate need for a higher top end? Sure, in certain competitive situations. But they also swap cassettes (or more likely wheels) when necessary.

However, for most fit riders, this is an appropriate top gear, even when riding pacelines, and even when descending. Cadence and technique count! I will hope that in the future you leave the machismo out of your reviews so that novices can receive more practical information on the pros and cons of the equipment you discuss.

Chris Jackson
Ellettsville, Indiana, USA
Tuesday, May 27, 2008

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LeMond vs. Armstrong

The fact is that Lance Armstrong failed two drug tests. He failed an in competition test for corti-steriods during the TDF (can not remember which year). He was given a pass because he had a prescription for a cream used to treat saddle sores, that contained a corti-steroid That information was not on file with UCI as it should be but it was overlooked but the TDF organization and the UCI. The second test he failed was after he retired and the UCI was testing urine samples of his that were frozen and held from previous years. EPO was found in Armstrong's frozen sample. The UCI and ASO overlooked this because there was no second (or "B" sample) to test and that second positive is necessary for positive finding. Two positive tests. Both dismissed for technical reasons.

Also, be aware that Frankie Andreau and his wife both testified in court, under oath (during a civil trial involving an insurance company) that Lance admitted using PED prior to having cancer. Lance made this admission during his treatment for cancer.

The incidents noted above are facts, not rumour. There is no dispute over them. Only spin.

Please do not claim that Armstrong never tested positive that is simply not true.

Bryin Sills
Hagerstown MD
Saturday, May 24, 2008

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Losing something in the translation

Who the heck does your translations? Whenever you quote a rider whose original remarks appear to have been in his native language, your prose goes literal and tightens up. It reads like those goofy, sometimes incomprehensible instructions that come with Made in China electronics.

Here are some examples:

"Cavendish is a sprinter in the last 100 to 50 metres," Bennati noted of his closest rival on the day that was marked with heavy intermittent rain showers. "He made a great sprint, even if I started before the last curve. According to me, he is very young and demonstrating to be the strongest sprinter in the world."

Riccardo 'Ricky' Riccò passed his hometown of Formigine 136 kilometres into the race. The Saunier Duval rider, winner of two stages in this Giro and active in many others, did not have a chance to attack on home roads. "I won on the first day of the Giro, so my sensations are good. I will look forward to Saturday," he remarked with his girlfriend at his side.

My sensations are good, too, as I demonstrate to understand, while making a sprint. But then I am not very young.

Jane Kyle
Portland, Oregon
Thursday, May 22, 2008

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I think it's a great pity that performance enhancing drugs have been such a predominant part of our sport of cycling. They have been so entrenched in the arena over the years, and there is so much money involved, that it is obviously difficult to truly eliminate them. David Millar has admitted using such a substance, when denial is the norm, and I give him a lot of credit for his honesty. He has done his time, and it has cost him dearly. If he is found guilty again, the penalty will be much harsher.

At no stage in any argument have I seen any mention of outside influences. For argument sake, where did these drugs come from? Were they personally sourced by the individual, or did they come from the team, or other influential individuals? What sort of contract do the riders in a team sign about taking medications? It's all very well to place the whole blame on the individuals concerned, but I believe that this may be oversimplification of the matter.

When the East Germans were taking the world by storm in the 70's and 80's, we now know that the athletes were just the pawns in a field of professional, government backed cheating, all for the purpose of proper-gander. They signed non-disclosure contracts, were told what to take and when, without necessarily knowing exactly what they were being given. Here, can you place the blame for the abuses on the individuals, or more reasonably on the system in which they found themselves immersed?

David took the penalty on the chin and hopefully has learnt a lesson. I for one, hope that we can look forward to seeing him, along with the rest of the peloton, compete drug free and restore honour to our fabulous sport.

Ron Boyle
Noosaville, Australia
Saturday, May 24, 2008

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Damn right brother! Can we have some consistency surrounding penalties? It seems as if every federation has their own damn rules. What the role of the UCI then? Shouldn't they be working with federations to ensure all cyclists are treated in a similar fashion?

Pipeoli still riding, Petacchi banned for a year even though officials indicate he didn't cheat??? I would be very surprised if any of Petacchi's competitors felt as if they were cheated out of money, fame, glory, whatever! Damn, I'm annoyed, I can't imagine how Petacchi feels!

Tom Ahlrichs
Friday, May 23, 2008

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Race radio?

Greg is right to ask if Armstrong would have won without radio communication. It was reported that Armstrong wanted to attack earlier up Hautecam but was 'prevented' by Bruyneel. He later admitted that Brunyeel was right. Therefore it appears that Armstrong might not have won his first tour without race radio. It is also worth noting that race radio was introduced by American team, Motorola.

Wednesday, May 28, 2008

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Road rage incident

Sorry Julius, I for one am getting a bit sick of seeing the old excuse that cyclists bring it on themselves by their own behaviour. All of us try to ride responsibly, but just because a few cyclists run red lights, or 'horror' - ride in a group, that shouldn't be an excuse for car drivers to run us down.

And believe me, it does happen. I also have ridden in Europe, and I nearly fell of my bike when I noticed cars coming towards us were veering off the road on to the verge to allow traffic past us safely. At first I thought it was a one-off, but it continued all through our trip. Coming from Australia I had never before experienced such tolerance towards cyclists. Maybe with fuel prices escalating, some of the morons in cars here may not be able to afford such a luxury and be forced on to a bike! We can only hope.

David Peacock
Adelaide, Australia
Friday, May 23, 2008

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Road rage incident #2

Although I've lived (and cycled) in and around London for the past 9.5 years, I'm originally from Sydney and I used to ride with the group from Coluzzi every now and again. I tend to take my bike home with me when I go to visit so I suppose I have some basis for making comparisons.

I find riding in and around Sydney a much more oppressive experience than riding in the UK or Europe, which I put down to bigger cars travelling faster in the hands of worse drivers. From the perspective of a cyclist travelling south from Sydney's Eastern Suburbs, the worst thing to have happened in recent years has been the road improvements around the airport south of General Holmes Drive.

Unless you detour through Tempe, there is no way to get south - which is the usual route if you are planning on riding to the Royal National Park - other than travelling on the expressway and through the tunnel under the runway. There's a lot of traffic travelling very quickly with nowhere to go. In small groups or riding solo it is, frankly, terrifying. I'd also make the point that Australian drivers are not just inconsiderate; generally speaking they lack skill when compared with drivers in continental Europe and even the UK.

Brendan Moylan
Friday, May 23, 2008

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Road rage incident #3

I have recently been the target of a vicious road range incident. I live in Canberra and cycle commute to work. On the way home one afternoon I was yelled and honked at to which I responded with the one finger salute. The car driver actually stopped ahead, got out of the car and pushed me off my bike. This resulted in a badly broken wrist, which needed surgery including a metal plate and many screws to fix. I have just returned to riding after 12 weeks off the bike.

There were several witnesses to the incident (who were more helpful than I could have imagined) that helped to identify the registration number of the car and the offender. The police have been great in dealing with the matter, and the case will shortly be going to court. I have had lots of the usual abuse from drivers of all types before this incident, but nothing like this senseless level of anger and rage. Anger against cyclists seems to be entrenched in Australia; wherever I have ridden here it has always been the same. I have done a month long cycle tour in New Zealand and never encountered any abuse of any sort there. Where as in Australia I am subjected to some form of road rage almost every day that I have come to expect it as a normal part of riding. Australian drivers should realise that the more people that ride for transport the less congested the roads will be.

Canberra, Australia
Friday, May 23, 2008

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Road rage incident #4

Road Rage response

I have read many peoples comments and am of the current view that this is an incredibly complex issue regarding human behaviour. I did notice though one perception which caught my attention from Julius Liptak. Julius wrote: "Large groups of riders, in this case 50 or so cyclists, present a long and cumbersome obstacle for traffic..."

Cyclists are not and cannot be an obstacle to traffic. By definition they are the traffic. To the best of my understanding it's a requirement in order to justify harm. The need to render a person or persons not equal to oneself. I am not stating that Julius Liptak is stating this but attempting to point out how subtle our values present themselves. A subtle but fundamental difference that the cyclist IS equal to all other road users.

Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
Saturday, May 24, 2008

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Road rage incident #5

Julius you are flat out wrong. It doesn't matter how many rules you obey, or how considerate you are to other users of the road, whether you ride by yourself or in a pack of 100, you will not be able to prevent the many idiots on our roads from treating cyclists as second-tier citizens.

The police do nothing for cyclists and are useless. The politicians do nothing apart from attend the opening of pedestrian friendly cycleways - paths which serve no value to serious riders or long distance commuters. Which makes the politicians worse than useless because they think they're doing something constructive.

I'm sick of the abuse, of the constant fear for my life every time I take my bike for a ride and the general apologist attitude cyclists are forced to adopt. Screw that! We need to start looking out for each other and start using our numbers to stop these bullies on the road from being on the road.

Darius Isaacs
Brisbane QLD, Australia
Tuesday, May 27, 2008

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Road rage incident #6

I am a cyclist and live in Sydney as well as in several European cities.

I can put my hand on my heart and honestly say that the majority if cyclists on Sydney roads do not obey the road rules and do not have any respect for drivers. It can't be possible, according to the law of averages that motorists are always in the wrong.

See, its not a good idea to get out there in your aggressive defensive egotistical mode and take to the streets, you are asking for trouble I ride nearly everyday for 6 months of the year in Sydney and the other 6 months in Western Europe.

In Sydney, the dislocation and disrespect that cyclists have on the road is sickening. In Europe, they work together, slowly and calmly. You need to ride with the traffic, not in competition with it. I recommend that all cyclists take a course on how to do this.

The group which were involved in the Sydney incident are well known, they are famous, and they are legends. Not for their cycling achievements, but rather for their ignorance and arrogance on the road.

You could see that arrogance beaming from them on TV, they loved it and they were lapping it up, but for all the wrong reasons. Let's think about this logically - they depart from the centre of a busy city in peak hour and head along busy roads thinking that they own the place - something already wrong here?

As a keen rider and racer, I used to ride with this group but I don't anymore. why? Because, they, yes they the cyclists were putting my life at risk. Racing, cutting in, serving out, abusing drivers, sticking their fingers up, squirting water, braking. the peak hour World Cup Cycling Championships

If I count the number of near death experiences I had, they were caused by the group themselves, not the motorists that battled to move around an unorganised bee hive of arrogant professional and mind you, non professional idiots who think they are racing for Beijing gold.

Guys back off and take it easy. The road needs to be shared and people need to get to work. I have ridden with you and driven behind you and it's a bloody nightmare. Sydney is a city, a big and growing city, its a fantastic place, lets work together to educate a society that is not accustomed to bikes and scooters, etc. Get eye contact with the cars around you, wave them on, and let them pass and don't play chasings on a main road. Alternatively guys, find a better starting point or route. And for God's Sake go slow for a while; it isn't going to kill you.

Wednesday, May 28, 2008

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Road rage incident #7

The story of road rage incidents in Australia makes me sad; I assumed so many other countries were so much better than the U.S. in their views on people riding bikes. And I think that is the miss, if everyone would just realize people are simply riding a bike, remember, perhaps they did this same activity when they were a child, before they became obsessed with the auto and all the places it could take them with less effort and more speed.

I laugh at people and their "ownership" of the roads, if they would think back in history, what came first, the car? Or no wait, it was the bicycle! If everyone could chill a little and think about the bigger picture everything could quite possibly work a lot easier then how we've got it going currently. But yet I know that is wishful pie in the sky thinking. Even here in picturesque and "super bike friendly Portland Oregon", we have support from government agencies but the people behind the wheels don't get it like they do in say Lyon, France, Voiron, France, or Amsterdam or Denmark.

Even with the city and state support, you can't change a rednecks mind, you may be able to make him/her obey laws some of the time, but they will still see red when they see something they don't care for or something they simply "don't get" (i.e. people in colourful kits made of lycra riding a gawd damned bicycle).

In summary, after reading other letters, I have decided however to not take my bike when I visit Australia, it's not worth it, a sad realization. I'm sure the time will still be a fun one but just on my two feet instead of my two wheels.

Frances Gehring
Saturday, May 24, 2008

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Weight work on the bike

It was interesting to read of Bryan Kirby's story of training with a heavy bike. Our own Robert Millar the 1984 TDF King of the Mountains Champion, used to train with heavy wheels. He would put a tubular tyre within a larger section clincher tyre for training.

He hated punctures interrupting his training sessions, especially if it was wet and cold.

His comment after using wheels kitted out with that combination of tyres was that it felt like you were flying up hills when he went back to his regular light race wheels!

David Norwich
Fountainhall, Selkirkshire, Scotland
Friday, May 23, 2008

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Letters 2008

  • May 29: Bennati and race radios, Helmets in the Giro, Review error, LeMond vs. Armstrong, Losing something in the translation, Millar, Petacchi, Race radio?, Road rage incident, Weight work on the bike
  • May 23: Road rage incident, How much will it take?, Paralysed cyclist, Fausto Exparza, David Millar, Basso gets a contract, Weight work, CAS and Petacchi, Shortest TdF, Petacchi & Piepoli
  • May 15: Sydney road rage incident, Steegmans lashes out at UCI, Steve Hogg's article, World Cup #3 XC, Where is Chris Horner, Slipstream, Astana and Le Tour, Giro stage 5!, US time trial Champion?, Basso gets a contract, Race radios, CAS ruling on Petacchi, Hamilton's integrity? Dude!, Weight work
  • May 8: Race radio?, Ridiculous ruling, What a farce!, CAS ruling on Petacchi, Basso gets a contract, Hamilton's integrity? Dude!, French riders had to give up their jerseys?,
  • May 1: Race radio?, Basso gets a contract, Advise needed for Alpe D'Huez, LeMond vs. Armstrong, Bottles, Scars of war, ProTour in Russia! China? Ahem... America?, LeMond's 1989 TdF, Mayo?, Stuart O'Grady Team CSC Cervélo R3 Paris, Have any French riders had to give up their jerseys?
  • April 25: Just shut up and ride, ProTour in Russia! China? Ahem...America?, Bottles, LeMond's 1989 TdF, New format for the Vuelta? , Scars of war, LeMond v. Armstrong, No tour for Astana #1, Rock Racing rip off #1, Advise needed for Alpe D'Huez, Stuart O'Grady Team CSC Cervélo R3 Paris
  • April 18: Just shut up and ride, USA Track Cycling, Paris-Roubaix, Little Indy 500 - Women's Race Article, Stuart O'Grady Team CSC Cervélo R3 Paris-Roubaix, What's happening to road tubeless?, Thanks Cyclingnews, Bottles, Just think?, Tour of Georgia - Lame, Colavita, No tour for Astana, Clever tactics by McQuaid expose ASO, Suggestions for the little bullies, Rock Racing rip off, LeMond Vs. Trek
  • April 10: Suggestions for the little bullies, Pat McQuaid, Clever tactics by McQuaid expose ASO, Just think, Trek vs. LeMond, Rock Racing rip off, Homepage overhaul, Some praise, USA track cycling, Team car order just the first gamble, Come on Greg & Lance, LeMond vs. Armstrong
  • April 3: Pat McQuaid, April fools, Carbon Wrap-It System, Sylvain Chavanel, Astana vs. Rabobank vs. Slipstream Chipotle, Cadel Evans, Clever tactics by McQuaid expose ASO, Colavita, Let VDB ride?, Race radios, Rock Racing rip off
  • March 27: Riccardo's manner of professionalism, Rock Racing rip off, Chavanel's Paris - Nice shoes, Cadel Evans, Cadel Evans at Paris - Nice, Let VDB ride?, ASO vs. Astana, ASO vs. UCI help me with my memory, Astana vs. Rabobank vs. Slipstream Chipotle, Police kill cyclists,"PRO"cycling teams
  • March 20:"Pro"Cycling Teams, AIGCP does have a choice, ASO vs UCI help me with my memory, ASO vs. Astana, Chavanel's Paris - Nice shoes, Kevin van Impe's doping control, Cadel Evans at Paris - Nice, Hamilton, Operacion Puerto, and the ToCA, Paris - Nice: What it could have been, Police kill cyclists, The Astana affair, UCI hypocrisy
  • March 13:"Pro"Cycling Teams, ASO vs. Astana, ASO vs. UCI, ASOh well, UCI'll see you later, Cycling fans must let their voices be heard, Denounce ASO's actions for what they are, Hamilton, Operacion Puerto, and the ToCA, Knife between the ribs?, Paris Nice, Police kill cyclists, British track sprinters' helmets?, Rock Racing and Michael Ball, The Astana affair, The real ASO problem, Tour and ASO, UCI - very bad poker players, UCI hypocrisy.
  • March 6: Zirbel and the"ride of his life", British track sprinters' helmets, Hamilton, Operacion Puerto and the ToCA, Three grand tours or five monuments?, Rock Racing and Michael Ball, Pro cycling is dead, Paris - Nice, Knife between the ribs?, Doping and the Tour, Astana, the ASO and the UCI, ASO vs. Astana, The Astana affair, ASO vs. UCI vs. AIGCP vs. the non existent riders, The real ASO problem, Denounce ASO's actions for what they are, Sponsorship code of ethics, Where are the other ProTour teams?, ProTour vs. ASO
  • February 28: ASO vs. Astana, Passion and sponsorship, Crash or crash through, Pro cycling is dead, Why we must have the ProTour, Rock Racing and Michael Ball, ToC and Rock, The hidden message behind banning Astana, ASO is killing cycling, ASO could be right, The real ASO problem, UCI - draw a line in the sand, ASO has lost the plot, The Astana affair, Astana and ASO/RCS, the Astana decision, Operacion Puerto, Old rider classification
  • February 15: Doping controls, Tour of California moving up!, Why I love the Tour of California, Operation Puerto, Astana rejected by ASO, Boycott ASO, ASO - stop the madness, Tour de France, ASO is wrong to exclude Astana, Astana, ASO, and the NFL, Tour de Farce, The hidden message behind banning Astana, Astana exclusion, ASO is killing cycling, Astana out of Tour, ASO has lost the plot
  • February 8: Lampre doping controls, Grand Tour Monopoly?, Giro selections, Slipstream Qatar, Allan Davis, Sheldon Brown, Dick Pound to head CAS?, Find out who's leaking lab results, Rock racing
  • February 1: UCI vs. Grand Tour war, Best wishes to Anna, The incident, Rock racing & Starbucks, Rock racing Rocks, Rock racing, Landis in NUE, Lance is the best of all time, Sinkewitz logic, Astana for 08 Tour?
  • January 25: Rock racing, Time to draw a line in the sand, ASO vs. UCI ProTour, UCI vs. Grand Tour war spills over to European federations, Readers' poll stage races 2007, Cyclist of the year, Team High Road's black kit, Lance is the best of all time, Landis in NUE, Toyota-United abusing USAC team rules?
  • January 18: Cadel Evans - returns to training, Cyclist of the Year, DOPING - time to draw a line in the sand, Hincapie in T-Mobile kit, Lance is the best of all time, Readers poll: best stage races 2007, Rock racing, Speaking about Lance, Toyota-United abusing USAC team rules?
  • January 11: Armstrong on Landis, Cadel Evans - returns to training, Hincapie in T-Mobile kit, Ivan Basso - why no tough questions?, Reader Poll, Rock & burn racing, Speaking about Lance, Sydor's consistency, The 'Bruyneel philosophy', Toyota-United abusing USAC team rules?
  • January 5: 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

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.

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