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Alejandro Valverde: To Love Or Hate The 2018 World Champion?

COMMENT: 2018 World Elite road champion Alejandro Valverde has had a long and very successful career, but there has been controversy - Operación Puerto. Valverde took his punishment and carried on winning, but is there still a dark cloud over the Murcian's head? Ed hood looks at the history behind the man. Love or hate Valverde, he is the World champion.

Readers React to Daily Distractions Demise

Not unexpectedly - I've received more than a few emails from readers since we pulled down our Daily Distractions gallery.  What was unexpected though is the gamut of responses from the YAY's to the NAY's and everything in between.  Here's a sampling from the mailbag...

ASO’s Game Of Monopoly

The ASO's recent 'withdrawal' of its races from the World Tour calendar could very clearly set pro cycling on a path to an even worse economic state than already exists. This analysis from TheOuterLine.com explains the dangers that lie ahead.

Comment: Facebook Page Promotes Hatred

Here at PEZ, we don’t normally get too involved in the machinations of daily bike advocacy. We of course support all efforts and directives to make the road a safer place to ride, but sometimes something pops up that is so foul, so disgusting, that it needs to be spoken about, and actions called for.

Comment: What Makes A Professional?

In a world where money is in short supply, it's encouraging that there are so many pro cyclists in the UK. Or is it? Sponsor of Team Velo Ecosse, a long established UK amateur team thinks that there's a lot of self delusion going on."

Comment: Gila Readers Respond

There’s nothing like a bone of contention – no matter what size – to inspire emails from the valiant PEZ-Fandom. And that’s just what Mike Schatzman’s comment on Astana’s participation at Gila did, although we took cover under the veritable barrage of digitized dialogue. Here’s just a sampling of what readers said…

Comment: Doping Celebrities Caught!

It seems that over the past few years the biggest stars in Cycling have come under scrutiny for doping… While that's certainly proving itself out, the larger problem for the sport may just be that doping is now the celebrity.

MailBag: The Tidal Wave Cometh

It’s not uncommon that our editorials strike a note with many readers, but in the case of our recent comment on the ASO and the UCI’s less than acceptable running of the sport and it’s major properties, we appear to have struck a "crank it up to 11, power up the wall of Marshalls, and fasten your seatbelts power chord" of response from cycling fans across the land.

Comment: Taking Action Against Dopers

Fact: States in the US which have the death penalty do not have lower homicide rates than those which do not practice capital punishment. It's proof the 'big stick' does not work. If forfeiting one's life does not deter an individual from committing serious crime, what chance does the threat of a suspension have of preventing riders from cheating?