On the one hand Lance Armstrong could be utterly engaging, but on the other he would bully anyone who dared to speak against him.
Lance Armstrong's concession that he can't win his doping case finally allows the sport to move on, argues William Fotheringham.
History has been on the side of the Tour de France organiser Christian Prudhomme in his quest to liven up the race.
The return of cycling's greatest comeback man to the Tour de France has not gone to script
On hearing the news that Lance Armstrong was planning a comeback, a former professional said: "They can't ever stay away, can they?"
Since the Sébastian Hinault era ended 23 years ago, French cycling has been a case of worthy endeavour, lots of local pride, little success.
"The sign on the door in the bowels of the Manchester Velodrome reads simply "Steve Peters", but there is plenty else it could say. Abandon preconceptions all those who enter here." William Fotheringham reports on the psychiatrist who is turning Britain's Olympic cycling team into a superfast and ultra-efficient unit.
I didn't watch Alberto Contador putting on the final yellow jersey of this year's Tour de France in Paris. As I said, even before the disaster unfolded, this wasn't a Tour where I was going to get worked up about who won. By Sunday I had gone beyond indifference into mild animosity. To date, there is no evidence against Contador.
In the first move of its kind by any of the broadcasters that cover the Tour de France, German state television channels ARD and ZDF left the race on Thursday and, for the time being, stopped covering it, after a positive drugs test on German cyclist Patrick Sinkewitz.
The announcement of Jan Ullrich's team for the Tour de France, which starts on Saturday, is a telling illustration of the way Lance Armstrong has upped the stakes during his six-year domination of the race. Alongside Ullrich as he attempts to beat Armstrong for the first time in the five Tours that the pair have ridden head-to-head.