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In XZTT v Anti-Doping Rule Violation Tribunal  AATA 728 the AAT concluded that, in addition to the "egregious", "flagrant breaches" and delays by the UCI and Cycling Australia, the Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority and the Anti-Doping Rule Violation Panel "each misconceived their respective legal obligations under the ASADA Act and the NAD Scheme."
Since late 2008 Turtur has arguably been the most powerful man in Australian cycling and his seat at the table of the body responsible for the world-wide administration of cycling makes him one of the most powerful in world cycling.
I came across a few gems from Tomalaris that I thought would be useful to share, including: "I guess I fit in the category of those who have always admired Lance, and I confess, I have done so unashamedly. I feel his amazing record in life and sports speaks for itself."
A look back into the dirty flood of money, drugs, power and rumour that swirl around cycling in Australia and elsewhere.
These charges are baseless, motivated by spite and advanced through testimony bought and paid for by promises of anonymity and immunity. Although USADA alleges a wide-ranging conspiracy extended over more than 16 years, I am the only athlete it has chosen to charge. USADA’s malice, its methods, its star-chamber practices, and its decision to punish first and adjudicate later all are at odds with our ideals of fairness and fair play. I have never doped.
Surely it is now time for Mr Rann and his minions to finally cast Lance Armstrong adrift and start answering the many outstanding questions about the relationships between his government and Armstrong?
With the Texan backing Rann in his re-election bid cycling in Australia has now become entwined with local politics in a way not seen before. Cycling in Australia is now more than just circos y pan, now it is very much about marking out valuable commercial territory, about selling South Australia to itself and putting a very powerful spin on a very local political style.
The chopper pilot and I were coming in at 2,000 feet off the mountain. We came right up behind a Wedgetailed Eagle (Aquila audax) and the chopper pilot said "Look at this – I’ve never seen this in my life!" We were no more than 60 feet behind him and this magnificent Wedge-tailed Eagle was turning his head to check us out in the chopper behind him. An unbelievable and absolutely memorable experience that will stay with me forever.
...the race will be one of the toughest in the world. The Tour will be "one of the most challenging bike races anywhere in the world, probably tougher than the Tour de France", said Timor Leste's President, Jose Ramos-Horta.
My favourite stage race is obviously the Tour de France - it really pushes you to extremes to get the work done. And there was one particular Paris-Roubaix, probably the 2001 race, where it was extremely muddy, really treacherous...and there are pictures that you know you will live with forever.