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Letters to Cyclingnews - July 10, 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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Stefan Schumacher
LeMond: Cycling doesn't need UCI
Excellent article - ASO v's UCI
Insulting comment
Romain Feillu
Pure climbers are they a thing of the past?
Evans and shoe covers
Evans to wear number one in Tour
Djamolidine Abdoujaparov
Experience with UST Mountain Tires
Boycott le Tour and Olympics
Astana and the Tour
Riders stuck in the middle
Oval bars
Landis decision

Stefan Schumacher #1

Tom Boonen gets caught with cocaine on him and they won't let him ride the Tour de France, but Stefan Schumacher gets busted with amphetamines in his blood a few months ago but he's cleared to race? And this is how they're cleaning things up?

Laurent Pernot

Wednesday, July 9, 2008

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Stefan Schumacher #2

Why would the Astana team not be invited to the Tour because of their tarnished doping image and Stefan Schumacher be allowed? Here's a headline from earlier this year about Schumacher...

“Traces of amphetamine found in Schumacher's blood - By Susan Westemeyer Tuesday, January 8, 2008

“German Stefan Schumacher of Team Gerolsteiner, who finished third in the World Championships and winner of last year's Amstel Gold has now admitted that traces of amphetamines were found in his system after an auto accident in October.”

Richard Peotto

Tuesday, July 08, 2008

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LeMond: Cycling doesn't need UCI #1

Once again a Greg LeMond headline that doesn't make any sense and helps nobody out. Who keeps giving this guy a microphone? He tells us he wants to be part of a governing body over cycling? Be very afraid of a guy who doesn't seem to have anything good to say about any body except himself. His comments are consistently bitter and angry that somehow cycling went on without him.

How arrogant and idiotic to also suggest that cycling can only happen successfully in Europe. One of the wonderful things about the sport is its ability to adapt and its unrivaled popularity. As a groundbreaking United States of American cyclist LeMond helped pave the way for that to happen, yet he can't appreciate his role in the big picture for wanting to be the only hero.

Suzanne E. Szucs

Wednesday, July 9, 2008

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LeMond: Cycling doesn't need UCI #2

Dear Greg

Shut up...please! No one really cares what you think or say anymore. You used to be a hero of mine, and of most cyclists, but now you come across as a bitter, spiteful, hateful, paranoid person.

I know you are saying outlandish things to whomever in the media that will speak to you in an effort to keep your name in print and stay relevant. I hate to be the one to break it to you, but you stopped being relevant in 1995.

No one cares about your opinions, ideas or rumour-filled innuendo.

Be a good chap and just be quiet. Be graceful, like Eddy Merckx, Miguel Indurain, Lance Armstrong and the myriad other former professionals who choose not involve themselves in the quagmire that professional cycling is pulling out of.

You have zero idea of what is really going on in the peloton, therefore you should not comment. Your divisive comments and nature just aren't helping.

Mark Merrill
South Carolina, USA

Wednesday, July 9, 2008

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LeMond: Cycling doesn't need UCI #3

Greg LeMond thinks the UCI is corrupt and he wants to be part of a new governing organization. Of course who would be better qualified to lead a new governing body than an impartial person such as himself?

If anyone harbored doubts about his self serving behavior before, this is the whipped cream on the cake. A cycling federation lead by ASO, ungoverned by a stable set of rules where any team can be excluded by bias of management will not lead to fairness in the sport or an environment where teams can flourish without fear of exclusion or penalties based upon prejudicial whim.

Greg did his job well for ASO/LNDD when he showed up at the Landis trial as professional slanderer. Given ASO's undeniable reputation, I am confident he will be welcomed as an asset to their future efforts.

Gordon Gross
Raleigh, NC, USA

Wednesday, July 9, 2008

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Excellent article - ASO v's UCI #1

I gave up reading anything to do with ASO and the UCI several months ago as the constant ‘defence of the sport’ propaganda thrown out by both sides always masked the issues that everyone knows are at stake – power and money! However, a quick glance at the opening paragraph of Greg Johnson’s article prompted me to read the full text.

I’ve got to credit Greg with an article that is, without doubt, the best piece of independent objective analysis on the problems at the top of the cycling ‘foodchain’. Yet, despite someone actually spelling out where this is going, I just don’t think the UCI/ASO are capable of backing down from their positions. I think we’re in for another few years of political bickering and distraction from the ’leaders’ of world cycling before they actually do the deed and cut a deal.

Save the Pro Tour? In the format the UCI first envisaged? Only with divine intervention. In any format at all? The teams/sponsors will decide that by the start of next season. The more important question is ‘how to save the sport from itself’.

Kieran Walsh

Friday, July 4, 2008

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Excellent article - ASO v's UCI #2


Greg Johnson's article about the ASO vs UCI war and his parallels to the motor racing world was in short phenomenal. That one article painted the picture very clearly to the war of power in which the UCI wants to rule and organize.

ASO does seem to have the upper hand and has positioned itself well and is very good at what it does. Thanks for the great article.

Hopefully a truce can be made sometime soon so the fans can rejoice and enjoy our beautiful sport without the struggle between these two and reach a far greater audience and grow into the future.

Gary Casella

Friday, July 4, 2008

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Insulting comment

Man, whoever on your Tour de France staff typed "the time trial is slow this year, maybe the tour is finally clean", really has their head up their ass. Wind, place the best manager (with the best preparations and strategy) and staff not allowed in, many top riders in the same spot, etc.

Your comments and implications, this morning are an insult to those who work, prepare, and race clean and fast, both in the past and present.

Dave Meyer
Milwaukee, USA

Tuesday, July 8, 2008

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Romain Feillu

Stage 4, Romain Feillu, 169th place, five minutes back. Flat embarrassing. The Frenchman pulls on yellow Monday, he calls it a career and retires on Tuesday. The Badger should have slapped him upside the head yesterday instead of shaking his hand!

Alan Schiff
Snowbird, Utah, USA

Tuesday, July 8, 2008

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Pure climbers are they a thing of the past?

Dear Cycling News,

I arrived in Paris on the last day of the Tour de France in 1998. I saw Marco Pantani swoosh by and I have watched each and every day/second of the Tour since. I miss Pantani, he was a pure climber capable of great escapes.

Do we have any pure climbers left in the field today? Am I in left field, or have cyclist gotten larger in the post Pantani era?

A dear friend, and avid spectator, hypothesizes that this is the result of steroid use. Is that possible? I have to admit, some of the general classification favourites look a bit bulky in comparison to the greats of the past.


Scott Morrison
Kingston, Ontario, Canada

Tuesday, July 08, 2008

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Evans and shoe covers


I've noticed now in several time trials that Cadel Evans never seems to wear shoe covers. Given that they have been said to save a few seconds over the course of time trials (and knowing how close he's been to winning some critical ones), it seems like Cadel would do everything to eek out as much benefit as possible.

Any explanation as to why he doesn't wear them?

Brian Bilich

Tuesday, July 8, 2008

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Evans to wear number one in Tour #1

Followers of the tour will know that the bib numbers are allocated in teams, with the designated leader usually being the first of the nine riders. To suggest that the number one should not be used would mean the first number would be 11.

It is also usually the practice for the previous winner to wear yellow for the prologue (first stage?), so obviously it was not worn this year as there is no defending champion.

It is ludicrous to suggest that the allocation of number one is "a slap in the face to Contador”. The "right" thing for Cadel to do is wear the number he is allocated.

Warwick Overton
Sydney, Australia

Tuesday, July 08, 2008

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Evans to wear number one in Tour #2


Cadel Evans would/should wear #11 - Contador would wear number one, and his eight team-mates would wear number two-nine.

Amos Meyers
San Angelo, TX, USA

Friday, July 4, 2008

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Evans to wear number one in Tour #3


I’m not trying to single you out here, but as with Bill Kinkead’s letter, to liken the behaviour of a sporting events organiser (or a judicial panel for sport) is plainly wrong. To do so not only overstates your case to the point of ridiculousness but also effectively trivialises the behaviour and attitudes of the Nazis.

I will take it that in both cases the reference was merely there to emphasise a point, and that neither of you actually believe it to be true, but there are better, smarter, more fitting ways to argue your case(s). Please make the effort to lift the standards, and to keep the debate sporting.

Evil has no place here.

Matt Williams
Northcote, Australia

Saturday, July 5, 2008

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Djamolidine Abdoujaparov

Great story, fills in some blanks yet leaves intact the shroud of mystery surrounding one of cycling's true characters. Thanks for that.

Very apt that Kelly Beard mentioned the '95 Tour du Pont in regards to Abdu. From his many highlights, it's also my favorite memory of watching the man race. On that day’s stage a friend and I had served as marshals in the departure city of Greenville, SC. For the next several hours we drove like madmen through the mountains to catch the race on the road.

We settled on a mountain pass and waited for the race to come by. Finally two riders crested the summit, riding silently together. Clark Sheehan, check.…Yes! Djamolidine Abdoujaparov. Most of us on the hillside at that moment were too surprised by the sight of the peculiar duo to actually vocalize any encouragement!

Sheehan noted during his post-win interview that day (he was a smart one to drop Abdu before the finish, no?) that they rode together in silence the entire day, neither being able to speak the others' language.

Ward Crittendon
South Carolina, USA

Monday, July 7, 2008

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Experience with UST Mountain Tires

Regarding John Leake's problems with UST, I have resorted to using multiple coats of contact cement [solvent based] on the bead area of the tire and installing the tire [and tube] when the last coat is still almost wet. If I have to repair a tube on the trail I only disengage one bead and/or pump to a higher pressure.

I can't say it's a foolproof solution or give you any minimum pressure you could get away with, but it so far it's letting me run the pressures I like. Putting glue on the rim as well may be even better, but multiple coats on the bead seems to work well enough and is a lot less messy. Get the stuff in the can with the brush on the lid.

It seems as though the manufacturers could help this situation by putting a layer of rubber over the bead instead of just the fabric which has a low coefficient of friction, but there may be some constraints due to the manufacturing process. There's also a heavy duty rubber cement called Pliobond which might work better but I haven't tried it yet. Good luck.

John Park
Summerland, B.C., Canada

Monday, July 07, 2008

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Boycott le Tour and Olympics


As an avid tour watcher since 1989, I am sitting out watching or even looking for any news on this one. How they can disallow last year’s winner and 3rd place riders from competing when neither have had a positive dope test?

The Olympic Games are yet another one. Given China’s abysmal human rights record of persecution, no thanks. I cannot understand why any athlete would want to compete there. An example of how our athletes’ are not allowed to share their faith is they can only bring along their own bible (no more for distribution) and must keep it in their room.

So, this July and August, I look forward to spending more time with my family and perhaps getting our eight year-old to learn to ride her bike. Keep France and China in your prayers and I’ll see you on the road.

Roland Hermann
Leonard, MI, USA

Monday, July 7, 2008

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Astana and the Tour

I have watched the Tour de France for 10 years, yet this year to me it seams empty. My husband introduced me to the Tour the year before Lance Armstrong won his first Tour. I became a firm fan of his and followed all his wins.

In 2006 I watched in the hope of finding another hero, another Lance, no one appeared. Then in 2007 Discovery gave me a new hero in the shape of Alberto Contador.

ASO and its decision to leave out Astana, as far as I am concerned, is petty and underhanded. Astana team is under new management and the two riders involved in the scandal were sacked. You only have to watch Astana race this year to see they are the best and deserved to be in the tour.

T Mobile, I mean team High Road, or should I say Team Columbia is racing the Tour as is Robobank. Have any riders in Astana served a ban? I don't think so. Are there riders in the tour that have served a ban? Yes I think so.

Where is the Justice? I cannot watch the Tour this year on principal, roll on the Vuelta a Espana if ASO don't put their heave hand in it. Congratulations on the Giro d'Italia Alberto.

Sammy Evans

Sunday, July 6, 2008

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Riders stuck in the middle

So the is a small symbolic thing that the riders in the Tour de France can do to show they have some control and an opinion. First Fabian Cancellara should not wear his UCI World Champion kit in the Tour time trials, along with all the newly crowned national champions.

The UCI provides legitimacy to a world title, but the others like Alejandro Valverde could make a very small, but symbolic impact on the race.

Jim Leone
Albany, NY, USA

Saturday, July 5, 2008

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Oval bars #1

With all due respect to Mr Nicol's 15 years of experience, it appears that his financial stake in the component market is clouding his technical judgment. At 40kph, the difference in drag between 15cm lengths of 26mm and 31.8mm tube is about seven grams, or a little under 0.03 percent of the total rider drag. At 50kph, that savings drops to five grams, or 0.01 percent of the total rider drag.

One can speculate about the resulting time savings, but unless you can ride a one hour time trial without scratching your nose it's going to be lost in the noise. While I don't doubt that Oval Concepts is committed to combining Power + Comfort + Aerodynamics, their most famous study to date on the subject concerned the JetStream fork.

After issuing a press release claiming that an extensive study by Dr. Mark Drela of MIT validated Oval's split blade design, Dr. Drela posted to explaining how Oval obtained the results of his calculations and how they were done on a different split blade design than the one Oval uses.

While Mr. Nicol attributes the change to larger clamps to sloppy Italian manufacturing (I thought Oval had Italian flair?) the reality is that manufacturing tolerances apply to everyone. No matter how precise your equipment is, if you use it to make two clamp sizes, the larger one will be closer to round. A rounder clamp places less stress on the bar, which is critical for safety and reliability, particularly as handlebar weights continue to drop. A well made 26.0 clamp may be rounder than a poorly made 31.8, but the small clamp will never be the best you can do.

I am confused by the reference to these same un-named companies marketing their MTB standard for road use. Mountain and road bike manufacturers have both pretty much settled on 1 1/8" as the standard steerer tube diameter. If Mr. Nicol is concerned about the number of stems my local shop has to keep in inventory, why does he want them to carry 1 1/8":26.0 for road bikes and 1 1/8':31.8 for mountain bikes?

I agree that standards are important, but Mr. Nicol's repeated use of speculation and misrepresentation of technical facts to try to convince us that his standard is the right one clearly show his financial motives.

Name Withheld

Friday, July 04, 2008

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Oval bars #2

I'm all for standardization of component sizes, for all of the reasons stated with regard to stocking and availability of parts. However, the arguments regarding the aerodynamic advantages and disadvantages of the various clamp sizes really becomes moot if this is standardized, does it not? If everyone is riding the same size, then there should be no differences, or am I missing some really subtle point here?

The point made regarding fit being the most important part, I also whole heartedly agree with, but I fail to see how the clamp diameter has much affect on this. It's still possible to achieve proper fit, regardless of which standard would be adopted...isn't it?

I don't really favor one standard over the other personally, I just do believe standardization, in this case is a good thing for the reasons stated beforehand. I just wish they would quit screwing around with the bottom brackets. Compared to that, the handlebar standard is a non-issue when it comes to inventories.

Todd Doherty

Friday, July 04, 2008

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Landis decision #1

Sat July 5, 2008


The e-mail you published referred to the piece "Landis Loses Final Appeal" of 6/30/08 and was sent before you published the exceptionally detailed article "CAS Delivers Final Blow" on 7/1/08.

Sal Garcia
Seattle, Washington, USA

Saturday, July 5, 2008

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Landis decision #2

Um, what exactly was wrong with the article? You never defined what made it a "piss-poor-piece". It looked fine to me for what it was -- a synopsis of the decision. If you want an opinion piece then give your two cents worth here.

Jay Wagner
Indiana, USA

Friday, July 4, 2008

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Landis decision #3

There were a few angry letters regarding ASO, doping, and the Floyd Landis appeal, and I would like to respond quickly, in point form.

-The cycling world does not assume someone is "guilty until proven innocent". Riders are presumed innocent until they fail a doping test, and then are assumed guilty.

-To suggest Landis was "framed" by ASO, yet provide no evidence, is irresponsible. To not explain why/how ASO would frame Landis instead of Lance Armstrong, when they were apparently out "to get" Armstrong, is completely illogical.

-Please keep in mind that the competence of the LNDD lab was not on trial, the only question was whether Landis cheated or not.

-Mr. Garcia in Seattle criticized for a "piss-poor-piece" about Landis, yet his only apparent complaint is that the article reported the facts, and the facts did not favour Landis. The opinion expressed by that there is relief now that the final chapter is closed, is certainly one held by most.

Let's stop talking about the 2006 Tour de France, and look forward to the 2008 edition. I'm personally cheering for Oscar Peirero!

Rob Found

Thursday, July 3, 2008

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Letters 2008

  • July 4: WADA, Inconsistent Lab Analysis, and Landis, Rabobank and the Tour, ASO and past Tour winners, Landis decision, Teenager mauled by bear in Anchorage, Evans to wear number one in Tour, Experience with UST Mountain Tires, iPods while riding, Erik Zabel, Oval bars, ASO's hidden agenda, Joe Magnani, Djamolidine Abdoujaparov, Giro, ASO's world domination, Ban Boonen?, A Hollow Tour Victory
  • June 26: ASO's hidden agenda, ASO's world domination, Ban Boonen?, Gilberto Simoni, Giro d'Italia, iPods while riding, Oval bars, Tour without minimum bike weight rule?, What about Friere
  • June 19: ASO and the Vuelta, ASO's world domination, Ban Boonen?, Ban Boonen? Beware the inquisition, Boonen, Boonen vs. Petacchi, Boonen's Tour exclusion, Giro d'Italia, iPods while riding, Oval bars, Road rage incident, Tom Boonen exclusion from Tour de Suisse
  • June 13: Tom Boonen and his nose, Apologies from Montreal, Chantal's Philly win, Gilberto Simoni, Boring first week of Grand Tours?, Giro d'Italia, iPods while riding, ASO and the Vuelta, Road rage incident, Astana chain choice
  • June 5: Apologies from Montreal, Astana chain choice, Bennati and race radios, Race radio?, Gilberto Simoni, Giro winner, Good result in road rage court case, Helmets in the Giro, Lemond vs. Armstrong, Millar, No, no, you can't take that away from them, Oval bars, Review error, Ricardo Ricco, Road rage incident
  • 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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