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25 Jul 2014 Posted in 2014 Tour de France/Doping in Cycling

The physiology at the front of the Tour

The physiological implications of performance are explained in this article. They show plausibility, within historical contexts, but also compel the same questions to be asked of the sport.

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The 2014 Tour: Performance implications & a reflection on the origins

Very brief thoughts on the 2014 Tour, and a particular nostalgic moment to 2009, when David Walsh actually introduced me to performance analysis as a means to flag possible doping. How times (and nationalities) have changed.

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30 Sep 2010 Posted in Doping in Cycling

Contador tests positive

By now, most of you will have heard the news that greeted me as I woke this morning, that multiple Grand Tour champion Alberto Contador has tested positive for Clenbuterol during this year’s Tour de France victory.  The reaction has been swift – Contador apparently heard of the result on the 24th of August, so […]

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31 Jul 2009 Posted in Doping

A very different view on anti-doping

Le Tour de France has now passed us by, although news from the cycling world is still coming thick and fast as rumours abound about who might and might not move to the new Team Radioshack in 2010. Also, the million dollar question is where will Alberto Contador ride in 2010? So many questions remain about Astana’s […]

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24 Jul 2008 Posted in 2008 Tour de France

Tour de France 2008: Alp d’Huez

Fascinating day’s racing in the Tour de France yesterday, as the riders tackled what is arguably the race’s toughest day – 209km including three out of category climbs, culminating in the most famous climb in cycling, Alp d’Huez. And as expected, the attacks started early on the final climb, as the climbers were forced to […]

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09 Jul 2008 Posted in 2008 Tour de France

Real Tour de France data

Over the last few days, we’ve been covering the “on-road” action from the first week of the Tour de France. Immediately below this post, you can find our report from the first big GC-type stage, the 29km individual time-trial in Cholet, won (somewhat surprisingly) by Stefan Schumacher, who now wears the leader’s yellow jersey. The […]

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08 Jul 2008 Posted in 2008 Tour de France

le Tour de France 2008: Feed them well

The 2008 edition of le grande boucle, as it is affectionately known, is now fully underway, and so far each stage has been quite exciting. The tour started without the traditional prologue, and instead was a full on stage. It’s slightly uphill finish effectively neutralized the sprinters, and so it was not surprising to see […]

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02 Jul 2008 Posted in 2008 Tour de France

Tour de France 2008

The Tour de France begins on Saturday. And while I wish that I could be as optimistic and excited about it as I was perhaps five, maybe ten years ago, there is so much water under the bridge for cycling that my enthusiasm is drastically tempered by my cynicism! It’s true that so far in […]

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24 Jun 2007 Posted in Doping in Cycling

A culture of doping in cycling?

Yesterday (23 June), I wrote two posts about the ominous shadow of doping in cycling, with the Tour de France coming up. In , I gave the example of how Bjarne Riis, the winner of the 1996 Tour, recently admitted to doping. The problem is that he does not appear to be an isolated case, […]

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