I have always struggled to achieve excellence.

One thing that cycling has taught me is that if you can achieve something without a struggle it's not going to be satisfying.

I'm more optimistic about cycling right now than I've ever been.

It is cycling as a professional sport that represents the problem.

It can transform someone into a liar.

Sooner or later a rider will emerge who will win more Tours.

In every sport we have seen how the records eventually get broken and cycling is no exception.

Consider a man riding a bicycle. Whoever he is, we can say three things about him. We know he got on the bicycle and started to move. We know that at some point he will stop and get off. Most important of all, we know that if at any point between the beginning and the end of his journey he stops moving and does not get off the bicycle he will fall off it. That is a metaphor for the journey through life of any living thing, and I think of any society of living things.

If all feeling for grace and beauty were not extinguished in the mass of mankind at the actual moment, such a method of locomotion as cycling could never have found acceptance; no man or woman with the slightest aesthetic sense could assume the ludicrous position necessary for it.

Let a man find himself, in distinction from others, on top of two wheels with a chain -- at least in a poor country like Russia -- and his vanity begins to swell out like his tires. In America it takes an automobile to produce this effect.

Cycle tracks will abound in Utopia.

There are so many people who have died of cycling, and that didn't happen when I was racing.

I eat everything, that's a problem. I don't have discipline. My favorite dish is the Caribbean. Meat, rice, lots of grains. But I do like to do exercises. Lately, I've been having capoeira classes and lots of cardiovascular exercises, such as jogging and cycling.

I've just been reading about cycling. Yeah, I'm not that great at it but I like the challenge of it.

In fact cycling has always been 'saved' by judicial investigations and not by the anti-doping controls we put in place. That's the harsh truth. We have relied on them to clean the sport up.

My epiphany came in that police cell: I realised I was about to lose everything and it didn't bother me, not in the slightest. I'd come to hate cycling because I blamed it for the lie I was living.

To be brutally honest, it's simple economics.

If they want to come into cycling, sponsors need to know the team they are funding is clean, otherwise the risk is just too great.

I think cycling has always had a tradition of being a bit dapper, especially back in the day.

Cycling is based so much on form, on aesthetics, on class - the way you carry yourself on the bike, the sort of technique you have.

I used to spend all my school holidays cycling around, so all this training has made me feel like a kid again.

I've had so many experiences in cycling, but in some ways I have nothing left to prove. I have achieved more than I could have dreamed of, I've raced a lot longer than I thought I would. I know I can still be better, but I just don't know if I love it enough any more.

I have been on the same dose of anti-depressants for 15 years, and my nerves still go up and down in cycles; but my nerves are cycling at a lower level than they were before.

I always find the time to exercise - kitesurfing, tennis or cycling - and to spend time with my loved ones.

I loved running, but all of a sudden everything hurt so much. I started cycling when Zelda was born.

I have contacts with the Tour de France which keep me close to cycling.

I have the impression that cycling is no longer a game but rather an employment... a job.

Illegal drug use runs contrary to the image of health depicted by cycling.

Distributors of these drugs must be prosecuted more harshly as they are ciminals.