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Letters to Cyclingnews - August 14, 2008

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Cycling out of the Olympics
U-23 Championship Road Race Fiasco
Phil Liggett encounter
WADA chief John Fahey
John Fahey and Jacques Rogge on doping
Beijing Road Race
World Road race championships national quotas
Scott-American Beef excluded from Vuelta
US Cyclists and masks
Team Australia helmets

Cycling out of the Olympics

"There is no sport that anybody can suggest is doping free. But there are some sports that have had a history, and I would suggest there's a level or a culture [of doping] that has developed in some of those sports."

Throwing cycling out of the Olympics? Really? How about cycling gets a bad rap among the press because it is the ONLY sport actually trying to police itself. Yea, I think they make it an overzealous witch-hunt at times, but they have good intentions. Don't punish the sport for doing right by itself.

Amos Meyers
San Angelo, TX

Monday, August 11, 2008

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U-23 Championship Road Race Fiasco

What the heck happened to the officiating in the men's U-23 Championship road race in Irvine, California? Why was the entire main peloton of approximately 60 riders pulled for being just 3:08 minutes behind the leader at the 70 mile mark of a 116 mile race-- one that still had over an hour and 45 minutes to go?

The response of USA Cycling officials on-the-scene was that it was the police that made this "3-minute-behind rule." When did the police start making race rules? Did anyone explain to them this is not how a road race progresses? But even if this absurd rule WAS going to be in effect, why wasn't it made clear to everyone before the race? And why wasn't it applied during the women's race?

Here's the worst part. The riders, who were prematurely told to stop racing had trained a whole year for this event and who spent their money to travel and stay in California, were completely robbed of their fair chance to compete. For many, their future contracts were at stake. The riders are owed more than an apology-- they are owed an explanation.

How does USACycling, who is supposed to control their races and represent their riders, explain this fiasco? And more importantly, what are they going to do about it?

Leslie Singer,
Little Rock, Arkansas

Monday, August 11, 2008

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Phil Liggett encounter

While in France for the 2008 tour, I happened upon one, Mr. Phil Liggett on the top of Alpe d'Huez, near his Versus production trailer. Anyone who knows of Phil's TV persona would have to agree he comes across as a sweet and gentle man. I can tell you from first hand experience he is all that and more ( all positive ). I asked if I could have my wife take my picture with him and he stopped what he was doing and not only posed for 3 or 4 shots but engaged me in conversation about Canada and mutual friend ( Steve Bauer ). He raved about what a great time he had in Canada a few weeks earlier ( with Steve and Lance ) at a charity ride.

About an hour later I happened on a group of Aussies who had created jersey's with a giant Phil Liggett face on their chest with big, bold letters which said - Team Liggett.

I told these guys they needed to show Phil this and I took them to find him. Phil was absolutely thrilled. He posed for dozens of pictures. He signed all the jerseys and shook everyone's hand. Bob Roll and Johan Bruyneel poked their heads out of the trailer to poke fun but Phil just beamed his genuine pleasure.

This will go down as one of my favorite 2008 tour memories.

Allan Nicholls

Monday, August 11, 2008

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WADA chief John Fahey

Who exactly does World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) chief John Fahey think he is? I am reading his comments regarding the Olympics with utter disbelief. What right has he got to state that he "might recommend that cycling and weightlifting be excluded because of doping problems." How many times have we seen track and field athletes competing at the Olympics fail drugs tests? There is no suggestion that John Fahey may recommend Athletics be banned from the Olympics though is there. The sponsors that pays millions of dollars to advertise trackside at the final of the 100m would have something to say...

Personally he can recommend what he wants but after the so called non-negative tests WADA have conducted recently I think he would be better of sorting out the mess in his own organisation instead of creating more problems. In any endurance sport there will always be someone seeking a competitive advantage and unfortunately the problem of drugs will never disappear. It would be nice if the problem could be contained though and athletes did not take the risk because of the threat of a lifetime ban, there would be no need for WADA and the likes John Fahey would have to get a real job.

There would be total uproar if an attempt were made to exclude Cycling from the Olympics. It just goes to show the need for a united governing body within Cycling to take on idiots like John Fahey.

Does anyone else wish to comment?

Kevin Ruane
Preston, Lancashire, England

Tuesday, August 12, 2008

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With all the recent press about doping, in the TdF and elsewhere, how could Spain's Maria Isabel Moreno be so bone-headed to think that she could get away with taking EPO? Give me a break Isabel.

You've now shamed your country, your national cycling team, your family, friends and last and very least, yourself. You've prevented a clean rider from fulfilling their Olympic dream.

Everyone who has supported you must have been so happy that you made the Olympic squad. They must have organized race-day parties where they were going to watch you race. Can you begin to imagine how they all feel right now? Were you so damned arrogant that you though that you were smart enough to get away with it? How come you could beat the system and bonehead Riccò couldn't?

But then you got drug-tested and you knew what the outcome was going to be. Surprise! So you had to blow the country on a "I'm having an anxiety attack" excuse. If I was doped I think I would be having an anxiety attack too.

I can't imagine how you're going to face your family and friends. It's beyond words. You deserve what's coming to you.

Mike Tierney
Woodstock, Ontario, Canada

Monday, August 11, 2008

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John Fahey and Jacques Rogge on doping

Clearly, John Fahey and Jacques Rogge are more interested in the reputations of sports (and their own) than they are in catching dopers.

John Fahey said ‘You can see ... some cynicism and some credibility gap in the minds of the sporting public out there. The challenge that we all have is to restore that confidence to the sporting public.’

Fahey is an angry politician.

With comments like this, and his posturing about banning cycling and weightlifting from the Olympics, Fahey is indicating that he wants sport to look clean to the sporting public, rather than actually being clean.

Effective testing obviously gets in the way of this.

Rogge said that if there were fewer positives than expected, ‘We must be extremely glad because that will mean that there has been a deterrent effect.’

Naïve politician.

Here are the facts:

Track and field athletes, particularly at the Olympics, are known dopers, yet they don’t seem to be targeted. It is harder to get away with doping in cycling than in any other sport, as cyclists are the most tested athletes in the world. This is evidenced by Fahey’s own assertion that sports with ‘bad reputations’ are being targeted, and cheating cyclists are getting caught as a result. We are now seeing an anti-doping attitude permeating the professional pelotons, and busted dopers appear to confess and sell out their suppliers very quickly, something we are yet to see in any other sports.

Before singling out sports to serve his own ends (getting re-elected next time around), Fahey should take a step back, suggest improving testing on other sports (such as swimming and track and field). Meanwhile, Rogge should see positives as a sign that testing works, rather than living in a utopian, naïve world where dopers are too scared to cheat.

Liam Downing
Watson, ACT, Australia

Tuesday, August 12, 2008

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Beijing Road Race

Dear Cycling News,

I noted in your live commentary on the Male and Female Beijing Olympic Road Races that there was a complete dearth of spectators up by the Great Wall. To fill you in, the reason for this was the unannounced cancellation of all trains to the Great Wall and a closure of all roads. I found this out at Beijing's train station on the morning of the Men's road race having arrived the night before.

No explanation was given by the authorities and none seems to have been given since. I was also told by an American girl in a similar predicament, who'd just got off the phone to the head of the Chinese Cycling Association that even if you could make your way to the race the authorities won't let you see it anyhow, as they have decided to make the non-ticketed event ticketed also. Thoughts of 'only in China' accompanied my anger. So, while the Olympics may be a landmark in China they still have some way to go when it comes to organisation, freedom of information and just generally not screwing people over.

Edward Cluer
Hong Kong

Tuesday, August 12, 2008

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World Road race championships national quotas

The UCI have come in for a lot of unfair criticism lately, but it is difficult to have respect for a rule making body that has completely missed the point that road race cycling at World Championships level is a team sport!!

Can you imagine the World Soccer championships with Italy qualifying 11 players while England can only field eight?

This system is institutionalized unfairness from a body in power, and just as unfair as doping.

Bettini 07 - "You can only win with a great team. We had a team that could make the difference."
Bettini 06 - "We knew we had many possibilities with this team. We believed we could win; ... a great satisfaction for the team"
Boonen 05 - "I said to the team that I am going well. And the team was united and strong. ... My team took me to the front for the sprint, with Mario Aerts, taking me all the way to the last kilometre."
Freire 04 - "Our secret on the Spanish team is that we ride together. Valverde rode an exceptional sprint for me. I asked him to help me in the final and I have to dedicate this win not only to the Spanish team but to Valverde too"

Need we go on???

The Olympic road race was a better race than any of the recent World championships.

Maybe 5 is not the ideal number, but to remain with uneven teams is wrong.

David McCann

Thursday, August 14, 2008

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Scott-American Beef excluded from Vuelta

“On the other hand, Unipublic has left Liquigas and Crédit Agricole in the line-up, even though these two teams also had positive doping cases during the Tour de France with Manuel Beltrán and Dmitriy Fofonov respectively.”

No one ever said cycling was fair. Just ask the Astana guys. On the other hand, when you think of this year’s Tour, Riccò is the name that comes to mind when doping is discussed. So it’s not too far off base to think the organizers would exclude only the former Saunier-Duval team. Now if it were Thor Hushovd or Pozzato that were caught doping then I’m sure their teams would also have been excluded from the Vuelta as well.

It’s not fair that other teams aren’t held to the same standard but when a big up and coming name, celebrated, two time stage winner gets caught along with a fellow big name team-mate getting accused it sears an image in the minds of the fans and the media more so than the others that got caught. In other words, who are you more likely to remember for doping? Riccò and Piepoli of Saunier-Duval or… I can’t even remember the names of the guys from CA and Liquigas off the top of my head!! Oh yeah, Beltran and Fofonov, as stated in the above quote… get what I’m saying though?

Gary Lee
Daly City, CA

Thursday, August 7, 2008

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Scott-American Beef excluded from Vuelta #2

Regarding the exclusion of the Scott-American Beef team, formerly Saunier Duval, from the Vuelta and the team manager's comments about it:

Did your team refuse to participate in the Tour de France to protest Astana's exclusion? No? Then if you participated in a Tour that excluded Astana, then your principles would have no problem with your team being arbitrarily excluded from the Vuelta.

Welcome to the new arbitrary rules of cycling team participation as predicted by others on the receiving end of arbitrary decisions by race organizers. The teams did this to themselves and should now shut up when it's their turn to be on the short end of the stick that they helped establish.

Peter Brueggeman
San Diego California, USA

Thursday, August 7, 2008

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US Cyclists and masks

I think that it is absolutely ridiculous that the American cyclists should apologize to anyone for wearing masks [after arriving in Beijing]. It is their right to protect themselves in any way legally possible as insurance for all of the work that has lead up to their Olympic performances.

This is more than likely the pinnacle of their career, why should they not take every precaution? When I came home from work last night and turned on ESPN the first thing I see is photos of the cyclist wearing the now famous masks (which were issued by the USOC). Then I hear the USOC on the TV apologizing and kissing the Chinese' ass. Get a backbone!

They should not have to apologize for the athletes wanting to be in top condition for the events. Did they have to apologize to the airline for wearing the masks on their flight over? It could have been taken that the airline's air quality is not up to standard and possibly offended them. We all know that there are a ton of germs on airplanes.

As someone who travels to China multiple times each year I can attest to the horrible air quality. While I have never ridden a bike there, I have had trouble just walking around. My lungs and eyes burn all the time and my asthma goes nuts. If the air is so great in China why do millions of Chinese people wear masks every day? And if their air is so clean why do they get so defensive when something like this happens? It's all about their image and how the rest of the world looks at them.

They have major issues and try to hide it from the rest of the world by putting a glossy covering over something that is far from what it appears to be. They put up miles of walls and facades to hide the horrid conditions in which many people in Beijing live. They even destroyed people's houses and displaced them so that they wouldn't be seen by the world on TV. For those of you that have never been to China, it is not what you will see on the TV coverage of the Olympic Games.

I feel sorry for the athletes that have had to apologize for protecting themselves and for trying to get the most out of their performances. This just reminds me that I am so lucky to live in a country where I can make my own decisions about things like this. If the Olympics were here and the Chinese team came off the plane wearing masks would we require an apology? I seriously doubt it.

Alex Holden
Lenoir, NC

Thursday, August 7, 2008

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Team Australia helmets

I have just seen a photo of team Australia doing a practice ride on the Olympic road course - only 2 of the 5 are wearing helmets! What example does this send to the junior cyclists who look up to these guys as role models?

Geelong Victoria

Saturday, August 9, 2008

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Letters 2008

  • August 14: Cycling out of the Olympics, U-23 Championship Road Race Fiasco, Phil Liggett encounter, WADA chief John Fahey, Moreno, John Fahey and Jacques Rogge on doping, Beijing Road Race, World Road race championships national quotas, Scott-American Beef excluded from Vuelta, US Cyclists and masks, Team Australia helmets
  • August 7: Riccò confesses to using EPO, Carlos Sastre, Contador, A question for Susan Westemeyer, Confused, Lance and the doping debate, Accountability and cycling teams, Crank length formula, Bring back bonus seconds to liven le Tour, Yet another...Manual Beltran, ASO, doping and Astana
  • July 31: A bike by any other name, Accountability and cycling teams, Andy Schleck "killing moves", Anti-doping chief calls Tour tests a success?, ASO, doping and Astana, Bad blood, Boycott le Tour and Olympics, Carlos Sastre, Bring back bonus seconds to liven le Tour, Canadian eh! Ryder Hesjedal, Cleaning up cycling, a suggestion, Confused, Crank Length Formula
  • July 25: Confused, Consistency please, Damages paid, Dave Russell passes away, David Miller on Riccò, Do you believe?, Doping, ASO vs UCI, what is going on?, Evans to wear number one in Tour, How does Andy Schleck "kill all the moves"?
  • July 24: Gerrans, One question & two predictions about the Tour, A bike by any other name, ASO, doping and Astana, Beating a dead horse, but..., Boycott le Tour and Olympics, Cascade Cycling Classic accident, Cleaning up cycling, a suggestion
  • July 17 - Edition 2: The effect of time bonuses, Cascade Cycling Classic accident, Confused, Boycott le Tour and Olympics, Alison Starnes diary, Is McQuaid interested in Cycling at all?, More involvement needed from CPA, Teams ditch UCI, Yet another...Manual Beltran, LeMond: Cycling doesn't need UCI, Dave Russell passes away
  • July 17 - Edition 1: Tour mountain cats, Is Pereiro getting a bum wrap?, Popovych! Where the bloody hell are you?, Evans' team-mates, Evans to wear number one in Tour, Poor quality of competition, Tour climbs, What if…, Riccó uses outdated bike in ITT, Fabian Wegmann's electronic Dura Ace problems?, Hushovd's Look, Stage 10 coverage was a treat!, Tour de France accident, EPO is back on the menu boys!, Consistency, please
  • July 15: Tour de France: Stage 3 - The Badger is back!, Thor Hushovd's Look, Riccó uses outdated bike in ITT, Boycott le Tour and Olympics, Astana and the Tour, Romain Feillu, Cascade Cycling Classic accident, LeMond: Cycling doesn't need UCI, Tour de France accident, We Might As Well Win Review, Evans shoe covers, Pure climbers, Why on earth Danielson?, Historical information, Stefan Schumacher loses yellow, Sylvain Chavanel, Yet another...Manual Beltran, Stage 10 coverage was a treat!
  • July 10: 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
  • 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 Riccò, 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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