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RUNNING ON DYNAMITE February 19, 2008

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Professional cycling is in a mess. Chechu says it, and increasingly, so does everyone else.

For the fan, our joy of the sport is now a test of endurance. With each twist and turn in a grinding, endless climb, with its false summits and precarious descents, at times, it’s just not fun.

I wonder what it’s like on the inside. For Chechu and his team-mates. Just how do they keep it together?

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EL CICLISMO EN LA ESPAÑA DE HOY February 16, 2008

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Hoy necesitaba irme en bici. Entre otras cosas, en la bicicleta uno tiene tiempo de reflexionar. Mientras pedaleaba, pensaba en aquellos (maravillosos) años, cuando España vibraba con el ciclismo.

Fueron los 5 primeros años de los 90.

La era de oro del ciclismo español. Recuerdo perfectamente, que de la mano de un gigantón, Miguelón, los veranos tenían algo especial. El despertador interior de los españoles se ajustaba de manera que todos nos despertábamos para ver los 10 últimos kilómetros de la etapa. Era una tradición sagrada.

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LOVE AND DESPAIR AMONGST THE FANS February 14, 2008

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14th February and it’s St Valentine’s Day again.

Even my Spanish language calendar is exuding love at me. Te quiero, cariño. I love you, darling, it will whisper all day from the bookshelf.

Love and passion is a theme this morning on the forums and messages boards inhabited by fans of Alberto Contador and Team Astana.

In disbelief and anger at ASO’s decision yesterday to exclude Astana from the Tour de France, fans have laid bare their hearts and souls. I would walk to the ends of the earth and through hot coals for you.

I’m impressed.

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IDENTITY CRISIS AT ASTANA February 8, 2008

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Astana’s press officer will have spent this week fighting fires.

Since the organisers of Giro d’Italia 2008 announced on Saturday that the team has been left off the invitation list, there’s been a hot debate, in the media and on cycling forums.

RCS Sport cited various reasons for Astana’s exclusion, but the team’s doping problems in 2007 is most popular with pundits. “You don’t just wake up in the morning a changed person.”

Astana’s response has been measured. No over-reaction, just a quiet summation with an invitation to reconsider (and stealthy final jab with a sharp point). It’s not enough though.

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CON CARIÑO February 7, 2008

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This photograph of Chechu sits on our study bookcase. It arrived out the blue, a couple of years ago. Under Christine’s caring eye, Chechu had signed it, and written a message.

Para Nicky, con cariño. ¡Gracias por vuestro apoyo!

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GO ASTANA! February 1, 2008

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Paceline forum member Charizard follows Team Astana to New Mexico and takes in the atmosphere outside the training camp.

WOW, day eight of the Astana boys’ training camp – Go Astana! – in Albuquerque and I can’t believe I’m actually here, incredible.

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