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2012

24 August 2012 at 09:30

 

Today, I’m disappointed for Lance and for cycling in general that things have reached a stage where Lance feels that he has had enough and is no longer willing to participate in USADA’s campaign against him.  Lance has never withdrawn from a fair fight in his life so his decision today underlines what an unjust process this has been.
 
I hope that it will soon be determined that the case that USADA initiated against me should never have gotten as far as it has. Due to...

18 August 2012 at 07:00

 

This is a different type of blog than what I normally write.  I plan to update you soon about the team, but this blog is very personal and I want to share my thoughts with you.
 
The last couple weeks have been tough.  REAL TOUGH.  I departed Mallorca - an annual Bruyneel family summer vacation spot - feeling good.  I had a great couple weeks with my family and dear friends, the team was having a solid summer results-wise and I felt rested and rejuvenated.  But when I...

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...