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2012

19 July 2012 at 08:15

It's the phone call every sports director hates to receive.  Any sense of joy or happiness immediately disappears, and you are consumed with this awful feeling in your stomach, heart and head.  After the UCI called to tell me about Frank Schleck's adverse result, I immediately phoned Frank.  His voice said it all - shocked, devastated, angry and confused.  And while no director or any other person can fully monitor, control and watch over any one individual athlete - I believe Frank when he...

8 July 2012 at 22:00

I try not to think about last year's Tour de France very much. But when I compare this year's to last, I can't accurately put into words how much better I feel.  The Tour is all about highs and lows - no team or any one rider or any one staff member can go through 21 race days without experiencing some lows.  Unfortunately for some, the lows outnumber the highs and for the lucky ones, the highs outnumber the lows.  After the first week, I'm happy to say that for Team RadioShack the highs...

2 July 2012 at 10:45

For only the second time since 1999, I am not at the Tour de France. Strange?  Very.  But unlike 2008 when Astana did not receive an invitation, this was a decision I made myself.  It wasn't easy, but it was a decision that I felt was in the team's best interest.  With the latest round of allegations, I knew there would be people more focused on that (sadly) than the team and race itself.  And in my opinion, that's just not right.  The Tour is not and should never be about controversy.  It's...

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