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Ideas to combat doping – Idea 1

May 28, 2010

In the past few years I have given the anti-doping fight quite a bit of thought. Current events show that more than ever, we need new initiatives. Any successful approach will have to involve a carrot and a stick. I would argue that we need bigger carrots and bigger sticks. I have formulated five ideas, […]

To sue or not to sue, that is no question

September 5, 2014

We all laugh about it, the rider who threatens legal action just to try to convince us they really didn’t do what some magazine, newspaper or website alleges. And of course, nothing ever happens. But I thought it would be nice to have a list, because of course the reverse is also true. If no […]

The Armstrong Lie – a review

November 24, 2013

The International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam is currently running, and one of the docs screened is The Armstrong Lie. To be honest, I didn’t really want to see it but also couldn’t not see it. And I figured that in the interest of those following this blog, I should. As you probably know, director Alex […]

Selling Cycling

October 30, 2013

This is a slightly-modified version of an article that first appeared in issue 8 of 2r magazine. Subscribe to 2r for free HERE. In my twenty years in cycling, I have experience as a team sponsor working with teams, as a team owner working with bike-industry and outside sponsors, and as an advisor to companies […]

Kiss-of-death UCI presidential race predictions

September 26, 2013

Tomorrow we have the UCI presidential election. And nothing has changed, we still have a candidate who knows no shame and therefore cannot be slowed down by any type of logic. Merely a week after the 2005 Verbruggen letter leaked which showed the Verbruggen/McQuaid camp clearly didn’t want a fair election but rather a coronation, […]

Running wild

August 22, 2013

Sports Illustrated ran an article about anti-doping testing in Jamaica. Five conclusions: It highlights the problem of how poorer countries should allocate resources to anti-doping. One cannot possibly claim that funding that is more important than funding basic needs. At the same time, this is of no concern to the athletes competing against the Jamaicans. […]

How unlucky

July 27, 2013

Imagine you’re a professional rider for almost two decades Imagine all these years, against a tsunami of cheating, you ride cleanly Except for two measly weeks For two measly weeks you used EPO Imagine that of all the weeks you could have done that, you picked two weeks before the Tour de France But luckily […]

The positive positive

July 16, 2013

Rarely have I welcomed a positive doping test as much as Mustafa Sayar. Here comes a rider out of nowhere and starts winning races like he’s Asafa Powell. I mean, it was crazy. And how he got busted for EPO. This is great news for cycling for two reasons. First off, while Sayar was winning […]

Stop asking questions

July 15, 2013

I think I have a solution for Froome et al. A few posts ago I described the conundrum top riders find themselves in; how to prove the unprovable, that you ride cleanly. Reading and watching some Tour de France coverage this month has not made me any more optimistic, but not on account of the riders. […]

Riis’ pieces

July 12, 2013

It appears more and more pieces of the puzzle are coming together with regards to Bjarne Riis, with now Rasmussen stating that Riis was aware of the doping going on at his team while Rasmussen was a rider in 2001 and 2002. Together with the statements from Jaksche and Hamilton in the past few years, […]