On 23 May 2006, a Spaniard who was an owner of a cycling team was arrested in Madrid. On the same day, raids on a clinic by police discovered 211 bags of blood being stored. It was the beginning of another protracted doping scandal that has had massive ramifications for the world of sport… or [...]
Flashback from RIDE #38 (published September 2007) Michael Rasmussen missed a few doping controls in the lead-up to the Tour de France but insisted that it was an innocent mistake. In this era of suspicion his excuse was not good enough. Despite being in the lead of the race, his team made the [...]
01 February 2013. A new month. Another day. Another confession. The world of competitive cycling continues to gobble itself up with stupidity at a time when it could be moving forward and enjoying the interest generated by racing in a season of renewal. RIDE‘s publisher Rob Arnold vents about the antics of the administrators and [...]
Almost five years after the 2003 Tour de France had ended, RIDE Cycling Review published a story by Jean-François Quenet that examined the result of the centenary edition of the world’s biggest bike race. Even then, over 20 riders who had been in the peloton that year had been suspended from racing or were implicated in [...]
11 October 2012 A summary of releases and reactions The USADA has presented its document relating to the US Postal Service team. Here is the full PDF file. As we work our way through it, RIDE Media will build a gallery of images with highlights, reactions, and related material. Note: RIDE Media has been [...]
October 10, 2012 Statement from George Hincapie For over 30 years I have dedicated my life to cycling. I have always been determined to compete at the highest level, in one of the most physically demanding sports. With hard work and success have come great blessings from the sport I love. Teammates have become dear [...]
In the final race of his career [before the comeback of 2009] Lance Armstrong did the same thing he’s done every July since 1999 – dominate the Tour de France. The Texan was always strong enough to respond to his challengers and won an unprecedented seventh title. The 92nd edition of the world’s greatest race marked the end of an era but allegations a month later raised questions about the legitimacy of the champion’s Tour achievements.
Words: Rob Arnold