Dr Freeman to face tribunal

Dr Freeman, the former Team Sky Doctor is to face a medical tribunal over the ordering and delivery of banned testosterone patches to British Cycling headquarters while working for Team Sky.

It is difficult to believe that these were ordered by accident. Surely this needs to be seriously looked at again as there are still lots of unanswered questions.

There is no legitimate use of testosterone patches for professional athletes. They are used for small numbers of older men who are “flagging” but even then its still not universally agreed in medical circles to be appropriate or effective.

Why would a sports doctor order these by accident? Its just not credibile.

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Lance Armstrong an icon?

Why is Lance Armstrong still an icon to Bradley Wiggins? Maybe not the most sensible thing to say but when has Wiggins ever been sensible? Maybe this is just part of the process of cycling coming to terms which is going to take some time I think? Is this just part of the process that let’s us accept Alejandro Valverde race next season in the Rainbow Jersey, because we have to – we have no choice. At some stage we have to accept what has happened, acknowledge it and not try to wipe it from history.

So if cycling has to come to terms with its dark past at some stage then maybe Wiggo is right after all?

But Lance Armstrong? Not only was he a compulsive drug taking cheat, he was a serial liar and a bully and prepared to do whatever it took to achieve what he wanted to achieve. Some of the things he did were quite despicable. He really should have faced criminal proceedings. So I’m not sure that makes him an icon. An icon of what?

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Evans Cycles to close stores

Many Evans Cycles shops are to close as Sports Direct buys the struggling chain.

I know Evans is a chain, but its a half decent chain and while this is better than it closing, I’m not convinced that Sports Direct has its best interests at heart. Bit of a sad day really. Evans has been going a long time and it’s clear they really care about cycling.

In their day they have made some lovely bikes, with either their own badge on, or for the Pinnacle brand.

You can’t really say the same about Sports Direct.

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Made for a Yates

‘This course is made for the Yates brothers’? – well I think it is made for Julian Allaphilippe. The mens elite World Championship road race is on today. It won’t be sitting on the shoulders of Peter Sagan after today that’s for sure with gradients of 28%. I think the Yates brothers won’t do anything either, Simon will be spent and Adam’s not had good enough form. Let’s see who’s right?! #bike #worlds2018 https://buff.ly/2RcUfiu

An unstoppable force

An unstoppable force – Anna Van der Breggen wins the Women’s World Championship elite road race with “a perfect ride”. Dutch women’s cycling is just so strong. They held all podium places in the time trial, Annemiek van Vleuten won the time trial and finished 7th in the road race despite crashing and damaging ligaments in her knee cap with 96km to go and being unable to walk at the finish. #impressive #bike #Worlds2018 https://buff.ly/2zGC5yR