Rolf Aldag

Sky's round of doping talks with its riders and team staff are nothing new to some. Rolf Aldag confessed to doping in the wake of the Spanish Operación Puerto drugs investigation and successfully continued as a sports director. Next season, he works with team Omega Pharma-QuickStep as Sport and Development Manager.

"I'm happy [to have confessed], but not that happy because the fact is that wrongdoing stays with me for the rest of my life. The fact is, I took illegal substances and I doped," Aldag told Cycling Weekly. "Does it make it easier now that I confessed in 2007? Probably. You sleep a lot better than you would if I'm still fearing and thinking, 'Yeah, maybe it will get out there.'"

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Gregor Brown

Gregor Brown is an experienced cycling journalist, based in Florence, Italy. He has covered races all over the world for over a decade - following the Giro, Tour de France, and every major race since 2006. His love of cycling began with freestyle and BMX, before the 1998 Tour de France led him to a deep appreciation of the road racing season.