Category Archives: Doping

On doping and other matters, some articles you should read

The latest edition of Procycling has turned up, cover is “The inside story behind the creation of” Team Laypreacher-Trunk, not a single mention of women’s professional cycling again. So here’s some articles that I’ve been reading that you should read. … Continue reading

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Analysing the Sports Illustrated Case Against Lance Armstrong

It’s been much anticipated as the article to illuminate the key themes of the third act of the life of Lance Armstrong. As the crescendo builds and the fat lady draws a deep breath, I’m going to pick out what … Continue reading

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Some questions about Alberto Contador that I need answers for

Is this a credible explanation or a plausible explanation? Where I have questions is over whether this is credible – worthy of being believed – or only plausible – having the appearance of truth. My default setting is to trust … Continue reading

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Breaking the wheel: time for cycling to find its Kerry Packer?

I’ve avoided poking the road rash on the rump of professional cycling that is the Floyd Landis case. Nobody has ever thanked the ninety-nine-millionth-and-one person who says “look you seem to have fallen off” while prodding the weeping flesh. Instead … Continue reading

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Fizik saddles advertising EPIC FAIL!

I don’t usually berate road cycling adverts for getting it wrong because I think the standard is so ridiculous across the entire industry, stretching from shamefully bad to well-intended disaster. I’ve never understood the obsessions with Tron pseudo-science and heritage … Continue reading

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The hubris of dopers: can it be stopped?

The most compelling reason riders dope is that they don’t think they’ll get caught. It’s nothing to do with the winning, it’s all about the perceived risk of sanction. Joe Lindsey expounded on this in the Boulder Report: Read “Can … Continue reading

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Biological passports: Is that it?

Five riders named as having produced values irregular enough to warrant sanction was never going to be enough to meet expectations that had built up over months. I think my initial reaction on twitter summed it up pretty well: “@stephenfarrand … Continue reading

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Anne Gripper is alive! And the blood passports may deliver

We’re into the first week of June and the clouds of war gather ever faster around the Tour De France. There’s three stories that you should read to understand where cycling is heading between now and July. 1. Bernard Kohl’s … Continue reading

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As Le Tour approaches so does doping scandal

Once you become a fan of professional bike racing, your year develops a pattern based around the race calendar. It shapes your moods and expectations, how focused you are at work, who you dream of being on the bike. It … Continue reading

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Ashenden, Armstrong, Kimmage

Somehow I seem to have a rather high googlerank if you are searching for the Michael Ashenden interview from NY velocity in which he examines the evidence around Lance Armstrong and his 1999 Tour De France samples and the states … Continue reading

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