Re-reading some back copies of various cycling publications, reminded me of the impact of certain stories in our sport. Personally, I found the death of Pantani had a major impact on me. Having been fortunate enough to see him ride the TDF in France and TDF here in my own country, his untimely death still defies belief. When I read the news that February morning, I couldn't believe that he was dead. The Museeuw doping scandal surprised me. I assumed (perhaps naively) that the Lion of Flanders did what he did, through sheer grit and determination and after he nearly lost his leg because of that bike accident and came back, I assumed he did so based on those qualities of toughness. Festina naturally ranks up there with the stories which made a huge impact too. Some more positive (excuse the pun) stories did register with me : the jens Voigt story of him riding tandem with a couple of his fans, who are blind, was great. Jens is a popular rider with fellow riders and fans alike. Any thoughts??