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27 July 2012 at 11:00

 

Legends are made every July and Bradley Wiggins has etched a permanent place in the history books.  The Tour de France is arguably the hardest sporting event in the world and Wiggo and Team Sky's domination was nothing short of impressive.  Chapeau to Bradley, Chris Froome, Mark Cavendish, the entire Team Sky squad and Dave Brailsford.  And special congratulations to a great friend, Sean Yates, for leading Sky to the ultimate level of success.  I  must say, I was a bit unsure if Sky...

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...

Fabian Cancellara in Yellow
6 April 2012 at 15:15

It's been one of those weeks filled with people starting their questions to me with "What if". You probably know how the rest of the question goes. Unfortunately, I just don't have a crystal ball. So the "what ifs" are just "what ifs". They don't change the past, don't change the future and it's nothing I or anyone else can really control. Of course, I'm disappointed. Fabian is disappointed. Our team is disappointed. Fabian was strong,...