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.

things that make you go hmmmmmmm…

can't kick Astana out cos apparently it's not in *the rules*. well, what great and auspicious rules we have. brilliant. have to kick out Europcar cos they are something like 5% short on the finances required for World Tour status, but a team that has a 500% increase in dopers over 3 months can stay. … Continue reading things that make you go hmmmmmmm…

Cookson, Astana, and the Death of Hope

And the first rule of Twitter is that you should never tweet something you will live to regret. Not many people follow that rule but it is quite a good one, one that Brian Cookson OBE (Oh! Benevolent Entity?) was never taught, quite obviously. The decision to award Astana a World Tour license for 2015 … Continue reading Cookson, Astana, and the Death of Hope

Groundhog Day at Astana HQ: Vinokourov to star in classic comedy remake!

Bill Murray was brilliant in Groundhog Day, playing the cantankerous Phil, the weatherman who woke up every day in the same day, trapped in a town he hated, a fate that drove him to several failed suicide attempts. Playing Rita, the love interest, was Andie McDowell. Phil tried day after day (quite literally) to bed … Continue reading Groundhog Day at Astana HQ: Vinokourov to star in classic comedy remake!

UCI & ASO need to ban Riis and Vino (& the rest) from Le Tour

this article originally appeared on The Roar   Eurosport’s coverage of the 2014 Tour de France had a section at the end of each stage that was entitled ‘LeMond on Tour’. This featured the combustible-looking, three-time Tour winner Greg LeMond chatting to a host of the Tour’s personalities. One day his French co-host ushered onto … Continue reading UCI & ASO need to ban Riis and Vino (& the rest) from Le Tour

Cancellara, Specialized and Menchov: The Tour de Devious

a version of this article originally appeared on The Roar   Intrigue and drama are never far from any Tour de France, but this one has been a doozy from Stage 1. It started with the controversial sprint and subsequent exit of Mark Cavendish, followed by that massive day on the cobbles that saw Chris … Continue reading Cancellara, Specialized and Menchov: The Tour de Devious

The Hour, the UCI, and how to **** up something so beautiful in one easy step

It has just been confirmed that the UCI have imposed a new range of criteria on those who seek to break the hour record. The governing body is now demanding all potential candidates for the hour record must ride a traditional steel-track frame and commit to a year-long diet of food not only similar to … Continue reading The Hour, the UCI, and how to **** up something so beautiful in one easy step

Dr. Conor McGrane on the UCI’s Independent Commission

by Dr. Conor McGrane Brian Cookson seems to have delivered on his election promise to set up an independent commission to investigate the UCI’s actions during the doping crisis which included the Armstrong era. In Dick Marty, Peter Nicholson and Ulrich Haas he has appointed a heavy weight group of politicians, sports lawyers and even … Continue reading Dr. Conor McGrane on the UCI’s Independent Commission

the times, they are a-changin’ – Cookson gets to work

Writing about hope again? For the second time in a week? Surely not! It must be the medication… And yet here we are, barely over two weeks into Brian Cookson’s presidency and the rumblings of change are to be heard across the land. I know, it’s too early yet to blow the trumpets and to … Continue reading the times, they are a-changin’ – Cookson gets to work