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"It never gets easier, you just go faster." ~ Greg LeMond

"Nothing compares to the simple pleasure of a bike ride." ~ John F. Kennedy

"If you worried about falling off the bike, you’d never get on." ~ Lance Armstrong

"It's not about the bike" ~ Lance Armstrong

"Learn to ride a bicycle. You will not regret it if you live." ~ Mark Twain, American author and humorist

"Life is like a 10-speed bicycle. Most of us have gears we never use." ~ Charles Schultz, creator of the Peanuts comic strip

"Life is like riding a bicycle. In order to keep your balance, you must keep moving." ~ Albert Einstein

"I thought of that while riding my bicycle." ~ Albert Einstein on the Theory of Relativity

"The bicycle is a curious vehicle. Its passenger is its engine." ~ John Howard

"Whenever I see an adult on a bicycle, I have hope for the human race." ~ H.G. Wells, English author

"As a kid I had a dream - I wanted to own my own bicycle. When I got the bike I must have been the happiest boy in Liverpool, maybe the world. I lived for that bike. Most kids left their bike in the backyard at night. Not me. I insisted on taking mine indoors and the first night I even kept it in my bed." ~ John Lennon

"It is the unknown around the corner that turns my wheels." ~ Heinz Stucke, German long-distance touring cyclist

"The bicycle, the bicycle surely, should always be the vehicle of novelists and poets." ~ Christopher Morley, American author and editor

"Melancholy is incompatible with bicycling." ~ James E. Starrs

"The bicycle is just as good company as most husbands and, when it gets old and shabby, a woman can dispose of it and get a new one without shocking the entire community." ~ Ann Strong

"Think of bicycles as rideable art that can just about save the world." ~ Grant Petersen

“Don’t buy upgrades, ride up grades.” ~ Eddy Merckx

"Ride lots." ~ Eddy Merckx

"As long as I breathe, I attack." ~ Bernard Hinault

"The bicycle is the noblest invention of mankind." ~ William Saroyan, Nobel prize winner

"The sound of a car door opening in front of you is similar to the sound of a gun being cocked."  ~ Amy Webster

"Whoever invented the bicycle deserves the thanks of humanity." ~ Lord Charles Beresford

"If I can bicycle, I bicycle." ~ David Attenborough, British broadcaster and naturalist

"Enough of this Sunday stroll. Let's hurt a little." ~ Muzzin, American Flyers

"Let them go, Tommy. They're nobodies. They'll die on the hill." ~ American Flyers

“This is the style of racing I think suits me best. It’s incredibly satisfying, and maybe a little bit unexpected, but I will take it.”  - Alex Howes VeloNews

“It is good that I landed on my left side and not face-first. Probably I have had so many crashes as a pro that I automatically curled up and prepared myself for the crash in less than a second.”  - Tony Martin CyclingNews

“Zygomatic fracture, broken jaw, broken eye socket. I can’t remember the accident and was unconscious for about 15 minutes. Annoying, but it can happen just anytime, anywhere."  - Tony Martin VeloNation

“Paris-Roubaix is a race that is one of the most important in terms of experience playing a big role. It is such a hard race…your body takes a pounding unlike any other race on the calendar. I hope the team will look for me in the later part of the race to help a super Thor or a super Ale.” - George Hincapie VeloNation

“I am really disappointed, but the real victory here is that I survived the collision and that I’m alive to meet that challenge at all. It’s amazing that all I did was break my fibula.” - Levi Leipheimer VeloNation

“I am happy to be alive — absolutely. At first I was in shock. Then I was thinking, ‘now I am going to be hurt for the race.’ Then I thought, ‘maybe I cannot race at all.’ Then I thought, ‘I could be dead right now.’ I can feel for all those people who have been involved in accidents.” - Levi Leipheimer VeloNews

“There’s no engine, there’s just something to give you a bit more comfort.” - Fabian Cancellara CyclingNews

"People do make mistakes and I think they should be punished. But they should be forgiven and given the opportunity for a second chance. We are human beings. Why should sports men and women get punished harder than people in the normal world?” - David Millar CyclingNews

“I was isolated before the Monteberg. It’s as simple as one wheel; someone loses the wheel in front of you, and you’re gapped.” - Mark Cavendish VeloNews

“I hope they don’t do like last year. It’s never been my tactic to just follow one guy. Of course, if you give Fabian five seconds, it’s hard to get it back, but I’m not going to be the guy who is always behind him. If he attacks I’ll have to follow him, but I’m not a guy like [Filippo] Pozzato, always following.” - Philippe Gilbert VeloNews

“I’m far from being the best climber, far from being the best sprinter, far from being the strongest guy on the road… You become more tactically astute from not being the strongest guy there, so you really have to learn how to race, and learn how to be clever to win the races. You’ve got to learn tactics.” - Simon Gerrans CycleSport

“Yesterdays race gets filed in my #worstdaysofmycareer list. Something was VERY wrong. No explanation, but I let down an incredible group." - Mark Cavendish VeloNation

"Sagan. I think he’s the favorite, just looking at the way he’s riding here this week. He climbs with the front group most days and then he’s right in the mix in the field sprints as well. He’s been quite impressive." - Tyler Farrar VeloNews

"Life goes on whether you win or lose for sure. So I'll try to relax tonight and then in the morning as the race approaches, hopefully I'll remain calm and easy."

“If there’s someone who wants to take a punt on Cipollini, I’m here. Who knows what will happen, but if the world of cycling will allow me to present myself at an important race like the Giro d’Italia, I would be the happiest man in the world.” -  Mario Cipollini  CyclingNews

“For drugs such as HGH and EPO, the window for using them is in the preparation phase, not actually during the Games. The testing during the Games is a fantastic deterrent but it's a pretty stupid athlete who would be using drugs during the Games.” -  David Millar  VeloNation

“The white jersey is always a cool little prize; it’s never the goal, it’s always something nice." -  Tejay van Garderen  VeloNews

“There are few more impressive than Cancellara when he's on. He doesn't just win, he destroys." -  Jered Gruber  PEZCyclingNews

“One day on the 2006 Tour, Tom Boonen, who was reigning world champion, was near the front, slowing things a little.  At the moment I launched my attack, he hit me hard on the back. I stopped, he yelled at me and I said to him: ‘You can shout if you like, but don’t touch me.’ I was the small French guy he could hit because I’m thirty centimetres smaller than him." -  Thomas Voeckler  CyclingNews

“I’m not hiding it, I didn’t go well. I think I suffered more than I thought I would from my inactivity. But I wouldn’t be putting myself back in the game if I wasn’t convinced I could return to my old levels. You know well that I don’t like just to scrape a living.” -  Danilo Di Luca  CyclingNews

“Where are those who have ridden with Ricco now? Those who were with him then, where are they now? In this world of sharks, nobody, nobody is there. Mercy and love are words we are taught as children. We must give him strength and we must reach out for him. I want him to remember the good of cycling. It will not be easy, because he is still wearing the badge and thinking of riding and of revenge."  -  Mario Cipollini CyclingNews

“Generally, the whole level of the peloton is much higher because they had such good weather throughout November and December in Europe and I think that's really showed – those guys usually come to Qatar and Oman to train but this time they all turned up for the win."  -  Mark Renshaw CyclingNews

“I believe that our industry is losing the war against the Chain Reactions, the Wiggles, the Amazons."  -  Steve Flagg BicycleRetailer

“I think the biggest thing is listening to the body more. Everyone can say that, everyone says that, ’sick is sick eh’, like the Belgians say that. And you can have people say ‘oh you need to rest more’ but athletes don’t learn that through listening to people, they learn it through being in a deep hole and finding their way out."  -  Amy Dombroski PodiumInsight

“Jan Ullrich missed his last chance to win back even a little of his credibility, because he failed to come clean."  -  Dagmar Freitag CyclingNews

“The CAS decision itself wasn't so exciting. What will be much more interesting is what Jan [Ullrich] will say. He knows what he can say. In any case, it is of course silly that such a finding is only issued six years after his last race."  -  Rolf Aldag CyclingNews

“It’s a sad day for Alberto Contador; it's a sad day for cycling. I think people want to kill off cycling. I’m the first to say that we need good anti-doping tests, but I think that in cycling they go too far.”  -  Eddy Merckx VeloNation

“Our legal system failed us. This is what happens when you have a lot of money." -  Frankie Andreu  CyclingNews

“...to be honest with you, I think they [the ex riders of the Garmin-Cervélo women’s team] are satisfied with it, I certainly hope they are satisfied with it. We really busted ourselves to make [sure] that the athletes are taken care of, that their contracts were honored, and that they were going to be on a team that is one of the best in the world.”  - Jonathan Vaughters  VeloNation

“As Tour winner I could have signed a contract worth millions for several years. We demand more than 5.6 million euro.”  - Michael Rasmussen VeloNation

"Cabled shifting won't be obsolete, but for the foreseeable future electronic shifting will be the top of the line for Campy and Shimano. It’ll get lighte, smaller, better, cheaper, and more widespread, and eventually all pro teams sponsored by the big two will be on it."  - Andy Shen NYVeloCity

"No sport is 100 per cent clean - I think 95 per cent of the cyclists are clean. In the normal world, not everybody is clean."  - Eddy Merckx SBS

“The International Cycling Union (UCI) condemns the publication this week of information concerning the Alberto Contador hearing before the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS)...
The case of Alberto Contador is now in the hands of the CAS Panel. The UCI calls upon the sporting community to await the result of the deliberations of the panel with serenity and due respect for the judicial process.”  - UCI Press Release 
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"Bike racing's just a hobby I happen to be very good at. It's not a matter of life and death." - Robbie McEwen PodiumCafe

“I haven’t done anything wrong. I’ve always respected the law, my conscience is clean”  - Alejandro Valverde InnerRing

“We demand that the evil UCI empire end its reign of tyranny on the women’s peloton. We have grown tired of working in the ‘sweat shops of the cycling world.’ We will take strategic action and restrained yet violent verbal warfare to achieve our goals, beginning with our march. We shall throw stones at the UCI’s glass house of oppression.”  - Giorgia Bronzini [aka Bronze X] Cyclismas

“His [Andy Schleck's] problem is Fränk and vice-versa. How they rode the Tour de Suisse is an example of that. They’re incomprehensible. They cancel each other out in turn. I’d like to see him more decisive, but instead he attacks and after four pedal strokes he turned around. He gives the impression of being a radio-controlled rider.” - Mario Cipollini CyclingNews

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