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Letters to Cyclingnews - May 6, 2005

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Recent letters

Somebody call Holmes!
South Australians protest against hit-and-run death
Tour de Georgia: A new appreciation for the cyclists and fans
Zabel, the Giro, and the future
Go Eki !
The disappointment of Viatcheslav Ekimov
UCI tests and rules
Early departure for Mario
Hamilton verdict and testing procedures.
Hamilton and the facts
Tired of blind Hamilton supporters
Blood doping is not a solo event
Hamilton defends himself


Somebody call Holmes!

I like Tyler Hamilton. I have met him; he rides in the Berkshires on occasion and has mixed it up with the local club in the tavern and on the road. So I am not unbiased. I could be easily fooled regarding his doping case.

But Hamilton's case has so many bizarre aspects and facts that anybody could fool themselves toward any conclusion their favourite bias draws them.

a. If you are a black and white, down to earth "where there's smoke there's fire" type person...there's smoke.
b. If you are suspicious about very high ranking officials spinning evidence to fit their preconceived notions there are "negative samples turning positive upon further review".
c. If you are convinced that the whole peloton dopes: A year ago Hamilton would be the last person on everyone's list, ergo, everyone does it!
d. If you are into conspiracy theories what more do you need than an extortionist in custody, admitting guilt, but not talking.
e. If you think nice guys are the sneaky ones, well...
f. If you are into Orson Wells, the peloton is afraid to defend Hamilton because big brother vampire is watching.
g. There is the murky, subjective, non-validated, "any peer review board would call this voodoo" science.
h. There is the proven, 3.2 billion pregnant ladies served, used in 'McHospitals' everywhere, "how can you question this?" science.
i. Hamilton and Perez on the same team, they're guilty.
j. Hamilton and Perez didn't have enough foreign blood to do them any good, They're both innocent as framed.

People have plenty of facts to pick from to support their opinion but will have to ignore or discredit the rest of the untidy pile.

The truth is indifferent to whatever we think.

But the truth does somehow accommodate ALL of those pesky, incongruous, inconvienient if we could just find someone who could piece all of this together..."When all other possibilities have been eliminated, whatever's left, no matter how absurd, must be true." (Sherlock Holmes)

Dave Birrell

Cummington, MA
Saturday, April 30, 2005

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South Australians protest against hit-and-run death

As a cyclist in Northern California near the winetasting and tourist region of Sonoma and Napa Valley, I see this type of thing annually. Irresponsible drivers, impaired by alcohol, hit and kill bicyclist. This issue, this protest, should not be contained to just cyclist. It should include every individual in the society since the event would be no less tragic if McGee hit another motorist, or a pedestrian.

Until legislation gets passed that toughens the punishment of drunk driving, each year more and more families and communities will have to deal with similar tragedies. My vote, if you drive drunk, you should be charged with something with consequences similar to Involuntary Manslaughter. If you kill or injure someone, you should be charged with felony manslaughter. Each sentence should be standard and include mandatory jail time. And the car should be sold by the state and the proceeds going to fund state or federal public services. Safer streets and more Head Start programs for children.

I challenge any representative to give a good reason why this type of penalty wouldn't work.

Christopher J. Carey
Wednesday, May 4, 2005

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South Australians protest against hit-and-run death #2

I think it says it all when the Premier of South Australia calls McGee a "white-feather lawyer" and "coward". McGee's defence came out with the usual crock that "my client is suffering from trauma and stress" after prosecuting South Australia's biggest murder case. Once again the judiciary pander to the "it wasn't my fault" story. When are people going to take responsibility for their actions?

If I go out and drink a considerable quantity of wine, drive home in an erratic manner (yes there were witnesses to this that the police didn't seem to worry about), run over a cyclist and bugger off; I would hope that I had the decency and guts to say it was MY FAULT. It seems that McGee was so stressed that he had time to make four calls to his lawyer (another cockroach) and wait two hours, so that he couldn't be breath tested, before turning himself into the police.

I wonder what sort of stress and trauma Ian Humphrey's family have gone through? McGee must be having a hard time shaving now because surely he is having a hard time looking at himself in the mirror.

I would be on the ride if I lived in South Australia and hope there is a huge turnout.

Graham Forte

Albany, Western Australia
Tuesday, May 3, 2005

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South Australians protest against hit-and-run death #3

Outrage is building among the wider public, and now in support of the SA Wheels for Justice ride, a Melbourne Wheels for Justice Ride will happen at the same time to raise awareness to this travesity of justice in other states too, to encourage lawmakers and enforcers to recognise riders have rights on the road and to bring accountability to those who breach those rights.

Enough is enough, maybe at long last, something will finally be done to raise in the wider community the levels of education, awareness and accountability that have been lacking for so long.

How many of us are sick and tired of being harrassed by motorists, threatened with near death experiences on just about every ride, and it is too widespread to say, just a few of them are crazies, all drivers before they get a licence should have to ride a bike on public roads in a certified group before they can sit for their licence, and all drivers found guilty of an offence against drivers should do likewise. Then and only then will we remove this ridiculous attitude; responsible cyclists share the road, responsible drivers will allow us all to feel more comfortable that our future rides and the rides of our children will be safer and more enjoyable.

Safe enjoyable riding is a massive benefit to the community, its wider general health, the cost to society and the environment, all benefit from more people riding more often...but it needs drivers to know, be aware and be accountable for stupidity or ignorance.

Rob Holder

Beaumaris, Victoria, Australia
Monday, May 2, 2005

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South Australians protest against hit-and-run death #4

If I were there instead of Minneapolis, Minnesota, and not nurturing a fractured hip due to a bike crash, I WOULD BE IN THE LINE UP! Protest, my biking friends, and make a huge beautiful noise! My condolences go out to Mr. Humphrey's family and friends.

Sonny Haas
Saturday, April 30, 2005

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Tour de Georgia: A new appreciation for the cyclists and fans

So, it wasn't a once-in-a-lifetime event - this was my second Tour de Georgia. But I came away this year with a new appreciation for the cyclists and the fans. Last year was easy. The weather was sunny, and Armstrong was cruising through Georgia on his way to a sixth Tour de France victory.

As you may have read, the weather at this year's Tour de Georgia was indeed "freaky." In the early stages, it was warm with blue skies, but as the race approached the mountains, spring turned angrily back to winter.

We had just settled in on the lawn in Dahlonega to await the finish of Stage 4. The dark clouds rolled in, and it began to sprinkle. In less than five minutes, the sky turned black, the winds howled, lightning flashed, and hail came down. It was scary. With a cast on my foot, I hopped to the closest building and leaned against a wall that gave a bit of protection. We were grateful when someone unlocked a gate so we could seek shelter in a hallway. There were mothers with baby carriages caught out in the storm - one woman had twins! There were fans in t-shirts and shorts who clearly didn't watch the morning's weather forecast. They were soaking wet. We all waited it out, and very few of us left.

But what about the riders? They were cycling unprotected through this storm in the mountains. Were they tough? Yes. Crazy? Well, yes. A story in the Atlanta Constitution that said cycling enthusiasts have some type of "fever" suddenly made more sense.

The weather for Stage 5 to Brasstown Bald wasn't much better. The winds were cold and strong, and it threatened rain/hail/snow. The race organisers were restricting the number of cars on Brasstown Bald, so we elected not to give up our car and went instead to the summit of another significant climb, Hogpen Gap (don't you love the name). The place was packed with every kind of fan imaginable. Mothers and fathers with small children. Young and old. Men and women. One family camped in their van overnight with a three-year-old child. Amateur cyclists rode up the incline while a father coaxed his two-year-old son to yell "attack."

No one complained. We all wanted to see Armstrong, Ekimov, Julich, Landis, Leipheimer, and the young, upcoming riders. It wasn't anything close to the circus on L'Alpe d'Huez, but chalk up more kudos to the determination of the fans.

I've watched various Tour de France stages where the weather was treacherous and thought, "geez, that looks really bad," but this was the first time I actually experienced just a hint of what the cyclists endure. More power to you, guys. Thanks for the adventure and another great race.

Madeleine McBroom

Durham, NC
Saturday, April 30, 2005

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Zabel, the Giro, and the future

Andre Tchmil, Johan Museeuw, Mario Cipollini, Andrea Tafi, Slava Ekimov - just a few legendary names among the many riders who have persevered through the declining years of athletic prowess to reap glorious new palmares as aging warriors.

It will be very interesting to see how Zabel evolves, now that he has passed his prime as a straight up, elbow to the throat sprint killer. At only 34 years of age, he still has 3 or 4 potentially fantastic years ahead of him as a classics man and world champion.

In this day and age of opportunistic specialists, it is always refreshing to see a Zabel racing for the pure joy of speed and stomping 187 other speedsters, and willing to adapt to the changing circumstances of his career. Lance is a great tour champion, but Zabel is a great cyclist, which to me is worth miles more. This Giro may not yield the glory he is seeking, but here's to hoping that Mr Green Jersey, Milan San Remo has a few more epic victories left in the tank!

Jeremy McHugh

Westport, MA
Monday, May 02, 2005

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Go Eki !

It was with great distress that I read about Ekimov's crash and the prognosis that he will miss the Tour de France this year. I have always admired this most excellent of riders. The glory he has achieved for himself (twice Olympic Gold among other things) since he rode with Panasonic in the early 90's...boy, he seems to have been riding forever. But it's also a marvel since becoming a domestique "par excellence" for the Lance-man in the Tour and/or for George Hincapie in the Classics. Wow. If there ever was a great rider, Eki (or Slava as his teamates call him) would certainly be one of my favourites.

But with the crash he will probably not be in a position to break a certain record that I thought would be his for sure - Dutchman Joop Zoetemelk has partaken a total of 16 times in the Tour. Viatcheslav was only two participations shy of this record and (at the pace he was going in recent years) I was hoping for him to break it...sadly this year will only be the second time he's missed it, the first time since 1999 (when his team did not qualify).

Despite the Discovery Channel team's comment that Eki is not poised to retire, I feel that the cycling world will have to prepare itself for the day Eki WILL call it quits. In any case, Eki, the fans are rooting for you, so let me wish you all the best and a very speedy recovery by repeating the chant I got going on the Mur de Grammont in the recent "Tour des Flandres", when you rode by in the bunch: "Go Eki! GO GO GO!

Laurent Schoux

Montreal, Canada
Sunday, May 1, 2005

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The disappointment of Viatcheslav Ekimov

Spare a thought for Viatcheslav Ekimov who crashed during a training ride with Discovery. The thirty-nine year old has ridden an unbelievable fourteen Tour de France circuits and has finished every one of them! As a time trialist he was special, and is still darn good. A tower of strength in the 'Blue Train' it is hard to believe he will not be there to ride alongside Armstrong, win or lose, in Paris this year. Ekimov, what a moment to crash! We will miss you.

T. Kinkead.

Thursday, May 5, 2005

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UCI tests and rules

In the article from May 6, 2005 titled "Ribeiro out of Giro 2005 for high haematocrit" by Tim Maloney, Manolo Saiz is quoted as saying, "The team, in spite of the apparent discrepancy of the analyses, does not question the result offered by the experts of the UCI, who deserve the maximum credibility."

Mr Saiz has never been one to shy away from controversy, but he certainly appears to be afraid of the UCI in this instance. It seems as though he's saying that even though the test has a high margin of error and Ribeiro's 52% test result is well within the standard deviation in this case, Ribeiro has been declared unfit to race.

If the UCI is going to enforce such strict rules, a better test needs to be developed. It is unfair to Ribeiro, his team, all cyclists, and sport in general to have such a wildly variable test with such strong enforcement.

Jared Willden

Kaysville, UT USA
Friday, April 29, 2005

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Early departure for Mario

Dear Mario,

I am sure you have your reasons for the statement that you released about retirement. However, as one of your legion of fans I must ask can you please, please, please ride one final ride. This would allow all your fans to wish you Arrivederci fitting the true champion that you are.

If you must not ride again - please allow us all to say thank you for all that you have gave to cycling. I saw you last year at the Tour de Georgia - you enlivened the event and endeared yourself to the Georgia people, and were greatly missed this year. My parents were lucky enough to meet you at the airport afterwards and were so impressed by your kindness and sincerity - I am proud to carry the autograph you gave them around in my wallet.

Hopefully Super Mario the Lion King will ride one final time - you are already missed.

Peter Montgomery
Friday, April 29, 2005

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Hamilton verdict and testing procedures.

So, let me get this straight:

1) A group of researchers proclaim that, "Blood doping is the scourge of endurance sports..." (Nelson et al.;Haematologica, 2002, 88:1284-1295).

2) These same researchers develop a new testing protocol from a test originally designed to reduce the probability of false negatives with no regard for, nor data pertaining to, the rate of false positives. Twice, in print, they claim that false positives do not appear to be a problem, despite never having determined a false positive rate, and never having formulated or tested hypotheses addressing the false positive rate (Haematologica, 2002, 87:881-882; Haematologica, 2002, 88:1284-1295).

3) Independent labs perform the test on athletes at the Athens Olympics and technicians declare ALL samples are negative. That is to say, "Blood doping is NOT the scourge of endurance sports..."

4) The researchers who developed the test say something like, "How can this be? We were so certain of ourselves and our test. Let us examine results from Athens!"

5) The researchers who developed the test (who have a financial stake in the test's success or failure), override the initial findings of the Athens officials and (against WADA rules) declare Tyler Hamilton to be positive for homologous blood doping. WADA waives its own rules, rejects Hamilton's original negative result and accepts the secondary findings.

6) Hamilton appeals the findings and the case is sent before USADA.

7) During testimony and arguments, it is revealed that:

a) There is no fixed standard as to what constitutes a positive. In other words, the researchers claim they can't tell you exactly how, but they know 'em when they see 'em. (Notice that even in the official findings presented by the AAA-CAS, on page 5 the scales on the two graphs are not the same - the scale on the right has been changed to exaggerate the peak height and make it look as high as the peak on the left. A peak is a peak, regardless of height, so why bother doing this unless you are trying to manipulate someone's perception of the real differences between the two? Were Hamilton's results presented like this?)

b) The researchers who developed the test have no idea what the rate of false positives is.

c) The researchers don't know what causes false positives.

d) The researchers don't have an independent test to confirm positives as either false or true.

e) The researchers don't know if the factors that cause one antibody type to yield a false positive are the same factors that cause another antibody to yield a false positive. This is VERY important, since one of the arguments against Hamilton is that 2 antibodies indicate positives, and that by using this "Two peak" standard, WADA is being conservative in their judgment. However, if the things that cause one antibody to yield a false positive also cause other antibodies to read false positive, then simply adding more antibodies to the test proves nothing - it just reinforces the initial false positive.

f) Despite the criticisms of peer reviewers of the original research used to develop the test, the test's developers and WADA pushed ahead without addressing these criticisms, deploying the test for use on athletes.

g) At Hamilton's hearing, a USADA lawyer declares the test beyond reproach and in no need of validation, despite the fact that outside experts, including scientists who reviewed the initial research used to develop the test, have stated that the test needs further validation to determine the frequency, and causes, of false positives, and a quantitative cut-off point for determining positives.

The above makes several things stand out in this case:

1) USADA's role in this case was clearly prosecutorial.

2) USADA felt no burden to critically analyze the test itself by seeking objective, outside expertise. Rather, since their role was prosecutorial, they sought testimony that would condemn Hamilton.

3) Hamilton was burdened with proving his innocence rather than USADA being burdened with proving Hamilton's guilt (BOTH USADA lawyers and Hamilton's lawyers clearly established reasonable doubt, yet he was still censured because he didn't prove his innocence).

4) The original research is suspect and the researchers have failed to address aspects of the test that are very important when testing athletes - that is, false positives. This is particularly important given the Athens results - positives are very rare (only one alleged among all the athletes tested). Given this, and the structure of the testing protocol, even an exceedingly low false positive rate per antibody can yield more false positives (read false accusations) than true positives.

5) The motivation of the test's developers is suspect:
a) Their own data from Athens indicate there is essentially no "scourge".
b) Upon discovering a, above, they stepped in and overrode Hamilton's initial negative from Athens.
c) B above, is highly irregular. Since these researchers have a vested interest in the results of the Athens tests, they should not have been let anywhere near the test results.
d) They ignored the comments and criticsms of their peers, and knowing that they could not independently validate positives as true or false, pushed the test to WADA, who bought it, hook, line and sinker.

Everything about this case makes me ill: the bad science; the lame statements of the researchers claiming false positives aren't a problem; advance statements from high ranking officials condemning Hamilton before his hearing took place; the overriding of the initial Athens negative results; lawyers pretending to be scientists and weighing in on the test's validity; and the list gets longer with every new press release! Make no bones about it, this is a witch hunt, and as in the past, there are essentially no witches to catch - mainly the innocent. Endurance athletes everywhere should be very afraid - even if you are clean, you could be the next "positive". And you know what? USADA doesn't care - to them it is simply about winning the case.

John Winnie, Jr.

Friday, April 29, 2005

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Hamilton and the facts

In response to Thomas Richter's letter…

You want to cut through the crap. First find out where the crap is. At what threshold level is an athlete guilty of transfusions? Why did WADA choose the level that they did? WADA asks us to accept that other possibilities for a positive test result, because they are unlikely or unknown, are not worth consideration. Therefor the athlete must prove his innocence. This is unreasonable. We should want WADA and the UCI to convince us. Not Tyler. Tyler's guilt would be indisputable if the process were more credible.

The idea that Hamilton should have had tests done to refute the results is uninformed - WADA wouldn't release the validation data of the test so that it could be duplicated. Aren't the developer's of the test the only people ever to catch someone? They did it only after being told who they were testing. Can someone else confirm these results?

Tyler Hamilton did release his blood work going back to the Tour of Romandie (see the LA Times article). Not the act of a guilty man. When WADA moved the hearing up for Santiago Perez it looked very suspicious that they knew Perez couldn't defend himself and they wanted a guilty verdict prior to the Hamilton hearing. I don't know if this is true, but it's another thing that brings WADA's professionalism into question. Dick Pound declared Hamilton guilty before they had a hearing - not helping the credibility of his case.

Wasn't the Athens sample twice declared positive? If the Athens sample is not a valid positive, then why do we know about it? This should never have been made public. Again, unprofessional. WADA's credibility and professionalism is not high enough for the UCI to allow them to ruin someone's career and reputation. I don't want Hamilton let off the hook. I want to know for sure that an athlete is guilty before they take him down and ruin his career. No grey area. Hamilton does not have to be honorable or trustworthy. But WADA and the UCI must be.

Michael Smith
Friday, April 29, 2005

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Hamilton and the facts #2

There are some mistakes in Thomas Richter's reasoning in this letter about false positive results: "false positives are cases where a mixed blood population does not constitute blood doping, but where another cause is possible." A false positive is a statistical test where a diagnostic test identifies the presence of a condition in a sample that is identified by a gold standard as not having that condition. In this case, the "condition" is the presence of two or more minor blood group antigens where only one should exist.

It has nothing at all to do with the cause of the incorrect result. All six causes that could lead to a positive result that you listed are TRUE POSITIVES as far as the test is concerned. A false positive would occur if none of these conditions were present, but the test identified a mixed antigen population. If the test only identified individuals with known true positive diagnosis, then there would be no false positives with the test. There could be alternative explanations for the diagnosis, but the test would be 100% specific.

If you decide that the "positive condition" is blood doping, rather than the presence of mixed antigens, then the test is evaluated differently - now the other causes are indeed false positives.

Laboratory handling or even the robustness of the test do play into this equation. The fact that there is a threshold value below which the test is considered "negative" suggests that there is overlap and a spectrum of outcomes - it is not a dichotomous statistic.

Mark Rishniw

Ithaca, NY
Friday, April 29, 2005

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Hamilton and the facts #3

In response to the last paragraph of Thomas Richter's letter: " Should Hamilton be let off the hook simply because there are of yet no established standards in the analysis of the test data, even though the test data clearly indicates that he has a mixed blood population? Again: Hamilton's defense did not challenge the find of two populations and they could not give an explanation for it. They simply said that because there are no standards in reading the data it should be deemed invalid."

Yes the test should be declared invalid; these cyclists depend on the sport for their livelihood, as do the people testing for drugs. Where is the credibility if cyclists can be banned on a whim? What do you think the sponsors will do if they can't have confidence in the tests? Picture this - you turn up to work and get tested for drugs (the mining industry, for example, do drug tests), you test positive even though you know you don't do drugs - the test was conducted poorly and was contaminated but, and here is the kicker, they don't let you do another test.

As a result you get sacked. You can no longer work in the industry; you and your family suffer financial loss. Well this happened to me once except I did the test again straight away and it turned up negative - the drug kit that turned up the positive result was out of date.

If the mining company tried to sack me, I would have been able to go to the union or the industrial tribunal for unfair dismissal and I'm sure your job has safeguards to make sure you are not unfairly treated. The point is the test was not fair, there are questions about the validity of the test and no one should be treated unfairly. I am not a Tyler Hamilton fan - I am a fan of Australian cyclists kicking everyone else's butt. However, I admire Tyler's fortitude both as a person and a cyclist and hope that he is able to ride again as a professional.

Chris Neal

Sunday, May 1, 2005

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Tired of blind Hamilton supporters

I, for one, am sick and tired of people who haven't met Tyler Hamilton, or spent time with the person, vouching for his good character. Basing an opinion of a public figure based solely on how they portray themselves to the media is excruciatingly naive.

Tyler Hamilton cannot explain why he has two different blood populations in his blood. He openly admits it's true (not a testing fluke). Tyler Hamilton can't explain why his hematocrit levels were just below the limit of the UCI automatic two-week suspension (way higher than his normal hematocrit readings) last season. Tyler Hamilton can't explain why he failed a test that NO OTHER professional has failed since it's inception. Oh yeah, except his teammate. And wait, wasn't there a third teammate who was banned for using EPO? Open your eyes, folks.

I'm not ready to decide on Tyler Hamilton's character, but the shadow of doubt is foundering quickly. I admit his performances are awe-inspiring - to endure that kind of pain. I hope his appeal goes in his favour. Lying to the public and cheating are two things that constitute a BAD moral character, and far outweigh publicity stunts with his dead dog, and stories of capped teeth from grimacing through pain. A man's actions are the essence of his character, and I'm tired of HEARING about what a great guy he is. Great cyclist? Yeah, if he's clean. Good guy? We'll see.

Riley Miller
Friday, April 29, 2005

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Blood doping is not a solo event

Doping is cycling is usually blamed on the moral failure of a rider. The rider alone is seen as guilty of injecting or ingesting a prohibited substance to improve their own performance. Only rarely is a doctor or assistant implicated, as in the Festina affair.

Blood doping is a greater worry as it points to organised doping by individuals and teams - you can't get a blood transfusion from another person on your own, and it is not likely that you are going to improvise a siphon in your hotel room. Doctors and other people have to be involved (and keeping quiet about the practice).

Sam Golding

Adelaide, South Australia
Monday, May 2, 2005

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Hamilton defends himself

Congratulations to Cyclingnews and to Shane Stokes for your email interview where Tyler Hamilton with the help of his advisers, defends his position most ably, though not entirely convincingly.

In particular I would like Tyler to reflect upon the managerial and medical regime he encountered at Phonak. He does this a little when he describes [rather scarily I thought] the team's monitoring of its riders' blood. But what of Camenzind, in addition to himself and Perez? And what of the clean sweep that the owner of the team has brought through in the period since these matters were reported. A new Director Sportif, a new Team Doctor, and dismissals and new appointments elsewhere in the team, I believe.

Tyler calls for a more robust scientific base for testing but evidence can be circumstantial too. How does Tyler deal with this circumstantial evidence from within his own team? The team owner has certainly felt the need to do so.

John Taylor,

Isle of Arran, Scotland
Wednesday, May 4, 2005

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Recent letters pages

Letters 2005

  • April 29: South Australians protest against hit-and-run death, Tyler Hamilton's case, Hamilton and the facts The USADA decision on Tyler Hamilton, Tyler Hamilton, Tyler, Testing and the Virenque Comparison, How do dopers live with themselves?, General view on doping, Hamilton guilty regardless of the facts, Hamilton verdict, Tyler is good going uphill, Hamilton interview, Klöden comments, Tyler H, Simoni, Grazie Mario, Sheryl Crow, or should we say...Yoko Ono
  • April 22: Lance Armstrong's retirement, W is for Witchhunt, Tyler's mishandling defense, Not for real, is it?, Bad Science, Blood testing issues, Hamilton - finally a decision, Regarding the Tyler Hamilton decision, Tyler Hamilton, Satisfying Verdict for Hamilton Case, How do dopers live with themselves?, Hamilton's case, Tyler Hamilton's case, Hamilton, Hamilton verdict and a call for outside expertise, Tyler Hamilton saga..., Tour de France preview...2006!, Klöden comments, Tour de France Training, The New Dynamic Duo, Sheryl Crow, or should we say...Yoko Ono, Random Musings
  • April 15: Glenn Wilkinson, USADA and Hamilton, Bergman; so sad, ProTour leader's jersey, That's a Jersey?, Too many chiefs?, Track World Championships, What do you think?
  • April 8: The New Dynamic Duo, Boonen's Hairdo, Viral infections and antibiotics, George Hincapie, What do you think?, Track World Championships, VDB?, A little bit more about blood doping, Blood testing issues
  • April 1: Well done Ale-jet, Eyes of tigers..., Viral infections and antibiotics, Let's talk about cycling…, What's worth talking about in cycling?, First Ride of the season, The New Dynamic Duo, Blood testing issues, Sydney Thousand, UCI Pro Tour Grand Theft, not Grand Tour
  • March 18: The Forgotten Hero!, Way to go Bobby, Bobby J, Lance has lost the ‘Eye of the tiger’, Blood testing issues and Hamilton, With all Due Respect, All this Lance Talk..., Is Lance getting soft?
  • March 11: Blood testing issues and Hamilton, Cycling on TV, In Defence of UCI president Hein Verbruggen, Defending the Pro Tour?, Is Lance getting soft?, Lance has lost the "eye of the tiger"
  • March 4: In Defence of the Pro-Tour, Grand Tours back down...for now, Armstrong and Simeoni,Help - what’s on the TV?, Cycling on TV, Lance Defends His Title!, Hamilton movie role downplayed, Blood testing issues and Hamilton, I really don't know when it happened
  • February 25: Lance Defends His Title!, Build it and tear it down?, Build, dismantle and donate!, Lance's Hour Record attempt, I really don't know when it happened, Can't get enough!, Dream on
  • February 18: Build it and tear it down?, Remember Marco, One Reason I Love Cycling, The ongoing Hour Record Saga, Lance’s Hour Record attempt, Can't get enough!
  • February 11: One Reason I Love Cycling, Francisco Cuevas, F-One - Come down to earth Lance!, Armstrong and the Hour, Can't get enough!, Greatest of all time
  • February 4: F-One - Come down to earth Lance!, Armstrong and the Hour, Armstrong and Simeoni, Can't get enough!, Help, Greatest of all time Eddy is King, but who is second best?
  • January 28: "I am the greatest of all time", Armstrong and the Hour Record, F-One - Come down to earth Lance!, Lance Drug Probe, Armstrong and Simeoni, Can’t get enough!, Help, NBC's 2004 RAAM Coverage, Doping, Crash distance from 1km to 3km, Eddy is King, but who is second best?
  • January 21: Professional Cyclists, Der Kaiser's Goals, Jan Ullrich's problem = Lance, Rider of the Year, Crash distance from 1km to 3km, Help, Lance vs. Eddy
  • January 14: Der Kaiser's goals, Help, Foreign stage races, Lance vs. Eddy, Tour '05, Rider of the Year, Best bikes for heavy riders, Quick Step helmets
  • January 7: Death of Dmitri Neliubin, Der Kaiser’s goals, Rider of the Year, Best bikes for heavy riders, Who's Greater? Come on now!, Virenque "most charismatic"?, Downhilling, Downhill time trial, Trendy cyclists, No flat tyres, Spring classics trip advice, Bettini's trainer
  • January 3: Spring classics trip advice, Big Bear ends downhilling, Armstrong and Simeoni, Holding teams accountable, Downhill time trial, Trendy cyclists, Bettini's trainer, No flat tyres

Letters 2004

  • December 24 letters - Why are cyclists so trendy?, Business and cycling, Big Bear ends downhilling, Off-bike weight gain, No flat tires, Armstrong and Simeoni
  • December 17 letters - Business and cycling, Tom versus Axel , Big Bear ends downhilling, Shane Perkins, Spring classics trip advice, Tyler Hamilton, Phonak and the UCI, Why are cyclists so trendy?, Mark Webber interview, Armstrong and Simeoni, Injured and missing it: an update, Clyde Sefton
  • December 10 letters - Why are cyclists so trendy?, Big Bear ends downhilling, Floyd's choices?, Merckx, fit and trim, Pound must go, Spring classics trip advice, Tyler Hamilton, Phonak and the UCI, Punishment: Vandenbroucke vs Hamilton, Prosthetic hip, Armstrong and Simeoni, Dave Fuentes, Homeopathy, Jeremy Yates, TDF coverage for Australia, Weight limits and maintenance, Mark Webber interview
  • December 3 letters - Domestiques vs Lieutenants, Tyler Hamilton, Phonak and the UCI, Dave Fuentes, Santa vs Hairy Guy, Why are cyclists so trendy?, Mark French and homeopathy, Shane Perkins, Jeremy Yates, Weight limits and maintenance, UCI regulations, Armstrong and Simeoni, Prosthetic hip
  • November 26 letters - Mark French and homeopathy, Two big guns in one team, Tyler Hamilton case, Bartoli's retirement, Dave Fuentes, Shane Perkins, Merckx and Armstrong, Training like Lance, Lance Armstrong, Why are cyclists so trendy?, Phonak gets what it deserves, Armstrong and Simeoni, Bike weight, Spouseless riders, Mary McConneloug, Adam Craig, Mark Webber interview, Santa vs Hairy Guy
  • November 19 letters - Tyler Hamilton case, Phonak gets what it deserves, Are you there Mr Coates?, Bike Weight, Merckx and Maertens make up, Heart troubles, Where to find cycling spouses, Mark Webber interview, Lance Armstrong, Where's Greg?, What ever happened to..., Why are cyclists so trendy?, Armstrong and Simeoni, l'Etape du Tour registration, Still Laughing
  • November 12 letters - Why Armstrong will ride the 2005 Tour, Scott Sunderland, Why are cyclists so trendy?, Armstrong and Simeoni, Where to find cycling spouses, Lance on Italian selection, Heart troubles, l'Etape du Tour registration, Tour 2005 team time trial, What ever happened to..., Love and a yellow bike
  • November 5 letters - Love and a yellow bike, Tour 2005, Where to find cycling spouses, Why are cyclists so trendy?, Lance on Italian selection, Armstrong and Simeoni, Tour of Southland, Construction technique for veloway, Heart troubles, l'Etape du Tour registration, Rahsaan Bahati
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