Nicole Cooke: ‘I blew the whistle on drugs but no one listened to me’

From today's The Guardian, and excellent article by the first British winner of the Tour de France (sorry Sir Wiggo) and former Olympic and World Champ, Nicole Cooke, on CIRC, TUEs and the curious selective hearing of the authorities when it comes to doping. Click the image below to head to the article.

Lee’s Lowdown on Strade Bianche: Valverde and Van Avermaet stain the white roads

Yeah, who to cheer for when one guy is an unrepentant doper, one is under investigation for connections to a dodgy doctor, when one rode on whilst under threat of suspension and the other is copying him? If you love the sport, recognise the UCI (under current rules) is unable to temporarily stop you racing, … Continue reading Lee’s Lowdown on Strade Bianche: Valverde and Van Avermaet stain the white roads

Cillian Kelly on CrankPunk makes the footnotes of the CIRC report

I said this earlier today on Twitter: the CIRC folk could have saved themselves a lot of time if they'd just read crankpunk.com in the first place. It was a bit of a glib comment but, a little amazingly, it seems that the CIRC folk did indeed do just that when doing research for the … Continue reading Cillian Kelly on CrankPunk makes the footnotes of the CIRC report

UCI employing former doper – man behind MTN-Qhubeka feeder team also responsible for development of African talent

Speaking last week ahead of the release of the findings of the CIRC report, UCI President Brian Cookson spoke of the need to 'define who is a fit and proper person' to have in the sport. "We want to be able to look at what happened in order to avoid falling into the same traps," … Continue reading UCI employing former doper – man behind MTN-Qhubeka feeder team also responsible for development of African talent

Sky screw the doping poodle again & the cycling media go ‘meh’

'Sean Yates' fate shows Team Sky will show no mercy in doping cull!' So blared the headline in the Telegraph newspaper back in October 2012 atop an article by Brendan Gallagher in which the writer lauded Sky's zero tolerance policy with regards to doping past and present by any of its staff. He wrote: 'Brailsford’s … Continue reading Sky screw the doping poodle again & the cycling media go ‘meh’

Uli Fluhme & Pietro Caucchioli’s little chat, doping, and the tainted legacy of certain brands

Uli Fluhme and his wife run the Gran Fondo New York organisation and have a very clear rule in, or all places, their rule book, that states that no rider that has been banned for doping, ever, can compete in their events. Participate yes, race, no. When he got an email from Pietro Caucchioli asking … Continue reading Uli Fluhme & Pietro Caucchioli’s little chat, doping, and the tainted legacy of certain brands

Jonathan Vaughters graces Twitter with a description of crankpunk as a “talentless wanna-be writing [a] self-promotional blog”… Compliment accepted

A Twitter spat. My first. And with the mighty JV. I am honored. Some back story... It's no secret that I feel that all former dopers - all - should not be welcomed back in any capacity whatsoever into the fabric of cycling, be it as managers, coaches, team owners or administrators. I also feel … Continue reading Jonathan Vaughters graces Twitter with a description of crankpunk as a “talentless wanna-be writing [a] self-promotional blog”… Compliment accepted

The story of American doping in the 80s: The Olympics, Eddie B, and his “product”, our old friend Lance

This documentary looks at doping in the 80s in the USA, it isn't cycling-specific, though it is cycling-related as it deals with doping on a systematic and institutionalised scale, nothing most of you won't have known already but that may be enlightening for some. Almost comical is the recounting of how many athletes suddenly started … Continue reading The story of American doping in the 80s: The Olympics, Eddie B, and his “product”, our old friend Lance

Where does Froome vs Contador rank in the list of cycling rivalries?

if you're coming to find the original version of this article you are out of luck. it's disappeared. here is the article as best as i can remember it. _____________________ Coppi and Bartali, Anquetil and Poulidor, Anquetil and the lock on his stepdaughter's bedroom door, Hinault and Lemond, Lemond and Lance, Cipollini and Soul Glo, … Continue reading Where does Froome vs Contador rank in the list of cycling rivalries?