It is not cowardly, quite the contrary, to seek to meet the adversary and know his intentions. However, it is cowardly, shameful and treasonable to lay down arms.

I was a hero, and a second afterwards it was all over.

Casartelli was dead so what I had achieved was worth nothing.

You can say that climbers suffer the same as the other riders, but they suffer in a different way. You feel the pain, but you're glad to be there.

I beg the Most High to allow me the favour of the double reward, but if God only finds me worthy of one reward, I will accept it in all humility.

I symbolized doping... My phone rarely rings. I can count on the fingers of one hand the number of riders who call me.