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Doctor's orders: The Dr Michele Ferrari Journal

Dr Michele Ferrari, coach to cycling greats including Moser, Bugno, Argentin and Rominger, in addition to five-time Tour de France winner and defending champion Lance Armstrong, has never been afraid to push the boundaries of sports science.

In 2004, cycling's most controversial sports doctor will once again provide Cyclingnews readers with his unique insight into the mindset of what makes or breaks a champion.

Latest entry: Stage 21: Determination

2004 entries

Vuelta a Espana

Tour de France


  • June 11 - Mediations on Mont Ventoux

Giro d'Italia

Spring 2004

  • April 25 - Liège-Bastogne-Liège: Rebellin's secret weapon
  • April 21 - Flèche Wallonne: Sheer performance
  • April 18 - Amstel Gold: Rebellin's rollercoaster ride
  • April 12 - Paris-Roubaix: If I had a hammer
  • April 7 - Gent-Wevelgem: Redeeming performance from Quick.Step
  • April 5 - Ronde van Vlaanderen: Quick.Step negative but Wesemann wonderful
  • March 22 - Milan-San Remo: Let's speak the truth

Editor's note: Dr Ferrari often discusses 'VAM'. This stands for Velocita Ascensionale Media [average climbing speed], and is a measure of the rider's rate of ascent. In mountain stages of races such as the Tour, most of the work a rider does goes to overcome gravity, so VAM is a useful indicator of the rider's form on that day.

2003 entries

Vuelta a España

Tour de France

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