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Letters to Cyclingnews – January 03, 2002

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. We will normally include your name and place of residence, but not your email address unless you specify in the message.

Please email your correspondence to letters@cyclingnews.com.

Recent letters

iTeamnova.com
Lance to enter Spring classics
Virenque
Better than Lance

Respect
Starting grid at US 'Cross Nationals
Pantani suspected of doping in Giro 2001
Pantani - better than Lance, or any one?
Retro jerseys

The best cyclist
Boring Tour
VDB
Ryan Bayley
Cadel Evans
UCI Points
Lance's Legacy
Canadian Athlete of the year?
Mr. Knapp's article on the TDF

iTeamnova.com #1

Colin Evans is right! iteamnova.com is a great concept. As a "Yank" I am happy to be a part of the growth of this new team. And from the iteamnova message board, you can see that the team is forming a global membership. (Read original letter)

Darrell Hobson (tdf fan)
Tuscaloosa, USA
Friday, December 21 2001

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iTeamnova.com #2

I think the iTeamnova.com is a great idea! It finally gives the amateur cyclist a chance to interact directly with a real Pro team. I checked out the Web site and was really impressed with how professional everything was. And to think, I will be able to brag to my friends that I'm an investor in a pro racing team!

One idea they might consider, instead of allowing only members to buy gear, they might open up some of the gear to all comers and use some of the proceeds to benefit the team. I think some things, like the jersey, should stay members only but I think the team as a whole would benefit from more dollars if they made something available to the general public.

Now, all I have to do is convince my wife to crack open the cheque book!

Chris Bondurant
Little Rock, USA
Saturday, December 22 2001

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Lance to enter Spring classics #1

I can't just let Scott House (read Scott's letter) get away with saying all Lance bashers are"non Americans". I'm American (should I get out my National Defense medal?), I race internationally, I love cycling and I don't like Lance. I don't hate him, I just don't like him. Never have. He's a compelling story to be sure, and to be admired for his struggle/ victory over cancer and subsequent return to dominate the sport. That doesn't mean I'm going to like him.

I like Ullrich. Here's why: the guy wins the Tour at 21 has come in 1st or 2nd every time he's entered it, and yet takes more crap from everyone about his weight than anybody I can remember. And he takes it with a closed mouth. He lives near Grandma in a small town and eats her strudel. And you want a compelling story? You grow up in the East German sports machine and see what happens when you get millions at 21.

Lance is an incredibly focused and scientific athlete. Jan has a bit more humanity showing.

Raymond F Martin
Thursday, December 27, 2001

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Lance to enter Spring classics #2

Sorry if this seems trivial, but I simply can't be silent when I witness the expression of a classic logical fallacy. In his letter, Andrew Torrance accuses Scott House (read Scott's letter) of implying that "all vociferous Lance supporters are American," in response to House's statement that Lance bashers are all non-American.

Just to be clear, there is nothing in what House said that precludes non-American Lance supporters. The only class of persons who do not exist, according to House, are Lance-bashers who are American.

Steve Moninger
Texas, USA
Saturday, December 22 2001

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Lance to enter Spring classics #3

You know, we have a saying in the infantry: One must pick and choose their battles well. It should go without saying that if you battle the enemy every chance you get that sooner or later the odds are going to get you killed. But it doesn't go without saying, OBVIOUSLY! Once again we have the "Racers aren't racers unless they're racing" crowd trashing those racers who choose a few key races per year. I'm sick of hearing how Lance and others like him aren't TRUE BLOOD racers just because they don't race every week (or nearly so). The same arguments were made after '89 and '90 when Lemond focused on Le Tour. And there have been others likewise. What if Ullrich happens to win the next tour? Will he suddenly become less of a racer? Phooey. He has identified his enemy, studied his tactics, and will try to attack a weakness!

Brian Fancher
Virginia, USA

Thursday, December 27 2001

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Virenque #1

I just read today's article by Darren Tulett entitled Three Cheers for Richard Virenque.

I have never liked Richard and I was sorry to see that it was he who made such an incredible win at Paris-Tours. The style of the win - one or two men beating the odds and holding out to win after a heroic battle - is something that I can appreciate. The fact that it came from Virenque made it a little sour, till now.

Darren Tulett is totally correct. The man admitted what he did (eventually) and has paid the price. The fact that he was a doper shouldn't be held against him now. He has a chance at a fresh start and we the fans should give him that.

But, we shouldn't make a hero of him because he came back from being caught cheating. All the riders who made it without doping, and those who didn't because of the dopers, should be touted as heroes.

I am willing to hold my feelings on Richard Virenque till he proves what he is, not what he was.

Matthew J Wheeler
Saturday, December 29, 2001

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Virenque #2

In regards to Richard Virenque and the many letters regarding his 2001 success stories, I for one think he is lucky at all to be competing at any level, and he should have been banned for life for taking drugs that are presumed performance-enhancing.

Lou Frankel
USA
Sunday, December 30, 2001

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Virenque #3

Three cheers for Richard Virenque - I think not. (Read article)

Virenque's victory in the Paris-Tours this year simply demonstrates that yes, he has the talent to ride a bike. Does he have the strength of character and belief in his own demonstrated ability to stand up for his sport and say "I will not cheat. I can win without help?" Emphatically he does not, and all the victories in the world will not change this.

Three cheers for Richard Virenque? What a joke.

Brad McColl
Australia
Wednesday, January 02, 2002

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Better than Lance #1

Casagrande breaks, Frigo kicked out, Belli thrown out and then Simoni wins. If I recall, Lance didn't really win his first tour because Ullrich wasn't there and neither was Marco. Let's apply equal standards to all the riders and let's just watch to see who will come out on top. Simoni deserves the hesitation of the fans to call him a winner and if he can beat them all next year he will gain some of the respect he is assuming he has now.

Eric Kytola
Oregon, USA
Friday, December 21 2001

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Better than Lance #2

Lance is actually one of the first to admit that he is not the King of The Road. He continually gives that title to Jan Ullrich, and to look at the year in review, it is hard to argue with the man. Lance is good at winning the Tour De France. If he concentrated less on the Tour, he would be a rider much like Jan: great in the Tour, though not dominant, and strong throughout the season winning important races and a world title here and there.

I agree with Mr. Dries' example of this year's Amstel Gold competition (read original letter). Lance could not drop Dekker on the final climb (and if you watched the race, you know he tried his best), then lost the race in a two-up sprint for the line. Here is a race which Lance specifically targets and prepares for, and he was beaten (again). Also, in the Tour De Suisse, Lance beat Simoni, but the gap was not impressive, and Simoni had just won a Grand Tour of his own.

If Lance wanted (and I don't think he does) to be the best cyclist on the road, he would prepare himself differently, and compete in more races (maybe the World Championships for a start). And he would still be a dominant rider, although I think some people would be surprised at the races he would not win . . .

Robert Nagoda
Friday, December 21, 2001

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Better than Lance #3

The bottom line is that Lance is the best climber and he is the best time trialist and no one can dispute this over the last three years......love him or hate him, you gotta respect him.....

Kerry Whitman
Friday, December 21, 2001

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Better than Lance #4

Yes, there you have it Lance Armstrong is one of the greatest riders of all time, but not a legend! Cycling Legends not only win the tour and stay in yellow for more than two weeks, they win the other big tours as well (such as the Giro), spring classics, make hour records & win gold medals ( that's just the short list). They can attack on the flats and not rely on their prowess to sit on and then attack on the mountains. Training for one event for three weeks of the year and winning it makes for a great rider, But Not a legend. Yes he does own a rainbow jersey, and has some other great victories to his name, But Not a legend. I now issue this challenge for Lance to show the world that he is a cycling legend & not just a tour de France specialist.

Also wouldn't it be great to see Lance at the Tour Down under, what does it take to get him out here! Maybe will have to wait until he becomes a cycling legend!

M Tirabassi
Mount Gambier, South Australia
Friday, December 21, 2001

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Better than Lance #5

I live in Canada, and here the only reason we get the tour on TV is because of Lance. Its Lance mania over here. Training rides here are all about Lance, hey lets ride like Lance, talk like him look back at each other like him. Honestly, Lance is an amazing athlete, and I have amazing respect for him and his accomplishments, but I have a French (France) background. So I always root for the underdog, thus making me an Ullrich fan, when Ullrich is on form he is unbeatable, lets look at the RR in the Olympics, how about the world TT champs? Mind you Armstrong is fast while in form, but...I don't know where I'm going with this. I guess all I wanna say is lets not slag riders, but compliment them.

Matty G.
Ontario, Canada
Tuesday, December 25 2001

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Better than Lance #6

I agree with Michael Dolenga. I, and a few thousand others, beat Eddy Merckx in the Argus Tour (a one day race and fun ride in Cape Town) in the mid nineties. Does this mean we can now go around saying we are better cyclists than him and all those he beat in his prime........let's get real.

Alan Ford
Monday, December 31, 2001

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Better than Lance #7

I had to send this letter in response to Richard Wolter's comments about Jan Ullrich. Although he was two minutes back of Armstrong, he was the only one back there. I am not an Armstrong fan at all, but I do respect his results. However when you look at the big picture of cycling as a whole, you can clearly see that Jan has been the better cyclist. Look at his average finishes in the Tour. Add in the Vuelta win, the Olympics, the World Championships, Championship of Zurich etc. Jan's on top hands down.

Don't jump on the Lance had cancer bandwagon either. If there is something in my pants that is bigger than it is supposed to be, I am not going to wait for a year to get it checked. It is not his fault that he got cancer, but his procrastination did not help.

Joseph Jefferson
Hagerstown, USA

Thursday, January 03, 2002

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Respect for the Classics and Their Riders

I agree with Naz that sometime Tour riders get too much of the spotlight - which I am sure was the spirit of his "Respect" post. Sure, the Tour is the biggest race of the year. But, in a way, the Tour is the Las Vegas of bike racing. Not that it's fake or anything, but to Americans, nothing counts unless it's the biggest, thus - we have Las Vegas.

If we had guys winning Paris-Roubaix every year, (even if it's with a U.S. Team) do you think we would have the same blossoming of interest in bike racing that we have today in the USA? Not likely.

I also agree that many incredible riders who don't win the Tour - but win classics, or are always up there - are overlooked in this new specialized era. I wonder if anyone would like to comment on the root of single-mindedness of American riders on being Tour riders? Is it any wonder we have so many Tour victories, and so few classics victories?

While LeMond was second many times (more than you might realise, actually) in classics races in the early 80's.... his, and Lance's emphasis on the Tour may be limiting US riders in their ambitions for classics success. I mean, there are quite a few more classics than Grand Tours....

I for one know that one of my long time riders, Sterling Magnell, is likely to win pro classics, once he grows up to the pro ranks. He is a huge 6'4" Sean Yates looking boy ('seven stone and hands like a lumberjacks'), has exceptional bike handling skills, and has already won races in Belgium.

Also, did I mention that Sterling and George Hincapie shared something this last year - they both won the same classic, in the same year! George- the pro Ghent-Wevelgem, and Sterling the junior version of that race - Ghent-Menen. Both were firsts for US cyclists in the history of the event. George got lots of coverage for his feat, but Sterling nothing- NOTHING, at least in the US

Now, I think THAT deserves some respect, along with Andrea Tafi, Museeuw, the whole Lotto team :-) and all the great hard men of the classics, whose salaries are far less than the Tour men. (Read original letter)

REEG!
USA
Saturday, December 29, 2001

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Starting grid at US 'Cross Nationals #1

Cyclo-Cross is not road racing, it's cyclocross The start at Nationals in Baltimore was fine, no way was it narrow. No matter how wide you make the start, guys are going to jockey for position and somebody might take a fall. In the end it's all going to come down to the first corner so if you aren't good enough to start at the front, don't whine about it. What if the start was 200 feet wide? The first corner is going to be like a funnel effect with all those guys trying to get to it first anyway. Result? People crash, it's part of the sport !! Get some balls and make your charge for the corner with everything you have. And yes, I raced in my division with 147 racers, I know what it's like and it's fun. It's Cross !!!

Brendan Marshall
Hamilton, USA
Friday, December 21 2001

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Starting grid at US 'Cross Nationals #2

I agree with Kirk Albers (Read original letter) about the unfairness of calling up the top five UCI guys in American Cyclocross - it's unfair to the rest of the field. I raced the intermediate race at US cyclocross nationals and was similarly frustrated by the start. There were 147 starter on a 10 yard wide starting line. I started around the middle to the back of the race. By the time I even began to pedal of the starting line the first ten or twenty guys were already a couple hundred yards ahead. I raced hard and passed twenty or thirty guys, but in a such a big field with little room for passing that doesn't translate into much. Unless you were at the front when the race started you couldn't launch a serious attack until the end of the first lap - there were to many people crashing or just plain not going fast enough. By the end of the first lap things began to open up, but by then the leaders already had two minutes easily. USA Cycling should have separated the field into age categories just like at road and MTB nationals, that way if you have some horsepower you at least stand a chance of doing well. The intermediate class was the biggest class at nationals this year, but our race was treated as just a small side show to the pros. Just think 147 racers times the $30.00 entry fee. If that money disappeared from USA cycling's coffers things would be different. Every racer should have a fair chance to place well.

Gregg Ford
Saturday, December 22 2001

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Starting grid at US 'Cross Nationals #3

Kirk - we can turn the clock back to feature wide open start lanes - I'll show you my pictures from the '70's when Gary Fisher, Clark Natwick, Jim Gentes, Joe Ryan and Laurence Malone raced 'cross. Those photos from Golden Gate Park, the Tilden Park Nationals of 1975 - all featured big grassy meadows from which to start with oodles of room for all concerned to grab a front row place. We certainly didn't;t have the size of fields seen today - and all featured little-to-no crowds of spectators. Very likely those pre-90's nationals had similar situations - Pacifica, Sun River, Santa Cruz. The question of venues that can attract fans and spectators - combined with a generous start lane - it's often a question of one or the other. So, how to adapt for those circumstances? How about a one lap time trial to set the grid? (Read original letter)

ITT at 11:00, race at 3:00 pm. Time to recover, grid is established for , let's say, first 50 riders - everybody else the usual pick a spot.

Tom Simpson
San Francisco, USA
Saturday, December 22 2001

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Starting grid at US 'Cross Nationals #4

Agreed with Mr Albers (Read original letter) . The entire MAC series has starts like these and it works very well. Actually, except for nationals and the SuperCup every race I did started in the manner he suggests. It would also eliminate the silliness that went on in the B races, wherein we were rearranged several times before the starts.

Mayhew
Sunday, December 23 2001

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Pantani suspected of doping in Giro 2001

Your article of 31st January ("Hang on, we've forgotten someone - Marco Pantani!") probably underestimates the gravity of this matter for Pantani, who risks at least as heavily as Frigo, Ullrich and the other names already associated with the blitz in San Remo.

The Italian daily newspaper "La Repubblica" stated that Pantani had received a formal warning that he was under criminal investigation and that he was likely to be charged with the crime of sporting fraud, as a result of the analysis by Professor Dario d'Ottavo of some syringe(s) found in Pantani's hotel room in Montecatini, during a blitz that preceded San Remo. The contents of the alleged syringe(s) are not publicly known, but the journalist suggested insulin.

Privacy laws and the long time scales of Italian justice will give Marco some rope, but this is serious trouble all the same - he risks three months to three years of prison. The whole affair will be notified to the Italian Cycling Federation, which will follow its own anti-doping procedures in parallel to (and in theory independently of) Italian criminal justice.

Brian Tomlin
Wednesday, January 02, 2002

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Pantani - bettter than Lance, or any one?

Anders Jensen's mention of Pantani in relation to Lance was not appropriate. (Read original letter)

As I recall, and my understanding of the facts may not be correct, the Italian Courts found on the facts that Pantani had been using EPO, I assume to get an unfair advantage, in the Milan-Turin. Pantani got off on a technicality. That type of cheating was not illegal under Italian law at the time.

I have yet to see a clear explanation of the position under UCI regulations at the time, but I understand that Pantani was in breach of their EPO regulations. I have not heard what action the UCI is going to take against him, if any, and what their reasons are.

If I have not understood the facts properly I would be happy to be put right.

Iain Thorpe
London, UK
Wednesday, January 02, 2002

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Retro jerseys

Is there anyone who can tell me where I can find/buy a 1998 Festina jersey and/or bibshorts. From my point of view team Festina´s outfit in 1998 was one of best looking trade team outfits I have seen. For well known reasons we didn´t see much of the Festina jersey in 1998 TdF. I would be very happy if someone could give me a hint where to find one.

I have very much appreciated your Reader Poll. For next year I think you also should include a category called" Trade Team Outfit of the Year".
Thank you for an outstanding coverage of cycling in 2001. Best time of the day is reading www.cyclingnews.com´s News. Keep up the good work next year.

Henrik Edvardsson
Karlstad, Sweden
Monday, December 31, 2001

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The best cyclist #1

Paul raises an interesting point, perhaps it would be a useful exercise to have an article or reader's poll on the best domestiques of the modern era, I'm sure it would prove very interesting and informative. And thanks for your current reader's poll it made me think about the past season in detail and recall a lot of great racing that I had already let fade from memory.

Steve Farris
USA
Friday, December 21 2001

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The best cyclist #2

Who's Dennis Rodman, what are the two teams he's ridden for and since when
did the world champ get given a ring? (Read original letter)

Yours,
Perplexed Australian

Martin Mullin
Australia
Friday, December 21 2001

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Boring Tour #1

The letter written by Tom from Madison cracked me up. I can recall the "good old days" of mountain bike racing when riders (some who were well known) would warm up by smoking a bowl or two. Of course, you could make the argument that it was necessary due to the fact that there was no suspension!

At any rate, I am not put off by a "boring tour" at all. Especially since I remember waiting to get a copy of Velonews so I could look at the black and white pictures and read about a race that took place weeks before. Maybe Tom is on to something with his head to head concept. But, instead of having a head to head battle, why not add a new category to the tour? How about a Chainless Downhill Time-trial? Or, as demonstrated in the 2001 Giro, boxing matches while riding? Either way, it might be the perception that the tour is a bore is due to not having John Tesh doing the music and narration. Yep, that would really spice it up!

Bruce Lee
Redmond, USA

Friday, December 21 2001

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Boring Tour #2

Hi!
I agree with you when you say that VDB is one of the best talented riders of his generation, but I also would like to tell you, that to get the top and to success, you don´t only have to be talented, but you must be a good professional, you have to be prepared to suffer all what this sport has, and you must have a very good discipline.

And sorry, but nowadays, Franck Vandenbroucke hasn´t got all this things I said, so it would be a very big surprise, to see VDB getting a good success. (Sorry for my English)

Juanjo
Saturday, December 29 2001

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Boring Tour #3

Here is an idea that may put some new life into the Grand Tours (I imagine it will certainly stir up a lot of response). It came to me during a Holiday party while listening to a conversation between a friend who is a pro directeur sportif and a cycling neophyte. The neophyte was asking about how the teams operate and wanted to know if only the riders who started a Tour rode the daily stages or if other riders on the team could.

Well, why not?

What about allowing each team to have 11 or 12 riders eligible for the duration of the event? Of course to be considered for the GC, points, or mountains competition, one would have to ride all the stages and finish within the time limits. But think of the possibilities if each team could allow tired team workers to rest for a stage or two. Injured riders could have a chance to get treatment and recover. Sprinters could save their legs, climbers could avoid the long flat rainy stages. It might also reduce the tendency to use drugs to survive three weeks. Exhausted riders could be replaced near the end. I am sure that the speeds would increase and the racing would be more exciting as riders could risk a long break without worrying about the next day. Tactics would also become more important as directors would now have to make more day to day decisions. More riders would get to do the Grand Tours and stage wins would be hotly contested.

Now before anyone gets their blood pressure up above their max HR, I am a traditionalist (I used down tube shifters until this autumn*). But it is an interesting idea. I am curious what you think?

Steve F
Denver, USA

Wednesday, January 02 2002

* It was all my wife's fault she bought me a Waterford with Record 10 speed for our anniversary. So I guess I have to ride it.

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VDB

I agree with you sir. Vdb is the man, and will always be a player in the peloton. After all he's human and a talented one at that. Fame and fortune came to him at a young age. To turn pro at 19 and win some 60 races (I'm not quite sure about that,but I know I'm close with the figure) is amazing. What I'm saying is with that much pressure on you, being that young,and doing things that young people do as well as trying to maintain fitness and discipline of a pro athlete is hard. So for all you VDB bashers go easy on him and besides all of you Vdb bashers haven't accomplished nothing he has in sport. (Read original letter)

Lynette
Tuesday, December 25, 2001

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Ryan Bayley

In answer to Christopher Moyer's (Read original letter) question regarding the gearing used by Ryan Bayley for the Keirin Final of the World Championships. We spoke to Ryan, and as with any Interviews or Newspaper Articles there are always inaccuracies.

The gearing Ryan used in the Keirin Final was 94 not 86, but as a matter of interest Ryan uses gearing as low as 78 and as high as 99 in training, depending on the training he is doing at the time.

As for the pit of Boiling Oil his father fell into, that was also an inaccuracy, he actually tripped into a Pit of Boiling Lime. Ryan knows that, he and sister Kristine have lived with it for 15 years.

As you can see discrepancies happen.

Ryan's Mum
Wednesday, December 26, 2001

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Cadel Evans

About five years ago, this same MTBiker was participating in the Bay Criterium Series in Victoria. In one race, in Geelong, on a tough short crit, Cadel chased down a nine man breakaway that had almost a lap on the field (the break had Patrick Jonkers in it) and caught them. He didn't place, but his unbelievable solo effort is firmly entrenched in my memory. I agree - a podium finish at one of the Big three is on the cards for this boy.

Mark Rishniw
Ithaca, USA
Friday, December 21 2001

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UCI points and ranking

Dear Cycling News,
It strikes me that the system used to figure UCI points is either absurd or antiquated or both. I think an apt analogy is walks in baseball; they don't count toward one's average. It is theoretically possible for a player to walk every time up, thence to score, with a .000 batting average to show for one's discriminating eye, patience, and savvy, and value to one's team.

How can people explain to us with a straight face that someone like Tyler Hamilton has 142 points, ranking him 340th in the professional peloton? Or that another killer rider, Telekom's Andreas Kloden, who at 116 points, comes in at a lofty 399th? Tell anyone hauling their oxygen-starved muscles over the Col de Madeleine that one of the guys whupping their dead asses is a whopping 388 places down from the top spot. I know, I know, it's all based
upon results, but what, indeed, are the results? There isn't a victor in a race who doesn't realise that his shiny trophy and endorsements in big part are due to the efforts of the Hamiltons and the Klodens.

I haven't much clue how one would devise it, but you just wish there were a more realistic system.

Scott Phoenix
Saturday, December 22, 2001

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Lance's Legacy

It's great that Lance has decided to ride the classics in support of his teammate, Hincapie. Lance already has several classic wins to his credit and needs to offer himself up for the rest of his team's efforts. However, the only remaining accomplishment for Armstrong, and the one that would put him up with the greats like Hinault, Indurain, Merckx, etc., would be to win the Giro and the Tour in the same year, i.e. the Giro Tour double. Given the nature of pro cycling today, it may be more difficult than ever, but Armstrong won the Tour of Switzerland and the Tour de France last year, so I think he could do it. It would also be nice to see an American team at the Giro and even perhaps at all three big Tours.

Brian Leverenz
Wednesday, December 26, 2001

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Canadian Athlete of the year?

Cyclisme gets no respect.

Guess what? Canadian Sport Press Associations, Papers and Radio sports directors voted!

This year, Roland Green won/placed well in World Cups from the start of the season to the end. He captured overall title and World Championships title in Colorado (nobody fell, nobody missed, nobody peed fluoro-blue pee). He did great and chose to balance races and training at home and abroad. Then, Green placed well in the top 20 in Lisbon at the World's road time trial. No bad stories about the guy; he did not fight anybody, he did not refuse interviews, he's been as gentleman as far as I know.

Guess who was named athlete of the year in Canada this year?

For the second year in a row, golfer Mike Weir won the award, in front of equally rotten millionaires such as hockey players Joe Sakic and Mario Lemieux, baseball's excellent Larry Walker (still rotten).

Believe me, I love hockey, and I like golf; I practice and follow both sports. But this one hurts. Roland Green did not get a Grey Cup (Canadian football title) parade, or a Stanley Cup (hockey's big kahuna) riot, and he certainly did not win himself over 2.7 millions (American) dollars in prices. Weir deserves his money.

But Green deserves our recognition.

Sébastien
Montréal, Canada
Saturday, December 29, 2001

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Mr. Knapp's article on the TDF

Sir,

BRAVO!!! Whilst the rest of the world forgets our little sport post July, Mr. Knapp has very well put to word the reasons why the Tour De France should represent the best teams of the world (read article).

I sympathise with the national inclination of the race directors, but the TDF is no longer simply one of the many national tours. Would they prefer that the TV coverage and sponsorship monies be spread equally amongst the Giro and the Vuelta? Of course not. Also by the way ignoring of course the Tour de Swiss, etc...

In summary - We have a world cup and a world championship for the classics riders, why not one "world cup" grand tour for the all rounders?

Philip Miano
NY USA
Wednesday, December 26, 2001

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The last month's letters

  • December 20 - iTeamnova, Lance to enter Spring Classics, Boring Tour, I'm better than Lance Armstrong, VDB, Respect, Starting Grid, Coastal Post
  • December 13 - VDB, Lance to enter Spring Classics, Eurosport Cyclocross coverage, Boring Tour, I'm better than Lance Armstrong, Coastal Post
  • December 10 - VDB, Lance in the classics, Coastal Post, Racing in China, Better than Lance Armstrong, Derny Races, Running Red Lights
  • November 29 - VDB, Lance in the classics, Bart, Bad Aussie news, Better than Lance Armstrong, Derny Races, Running Red Lights, National Championships
  • Letters Index - The complete index to every letters page on cyclingnews.com