I was particularly saddened to hear of Sean Yates departure from Team Sky. It was always on the cards given his long association with Lance, Bruyneel and a career that coincided with the early EPO years. However he was so often the lone Brit in the Peleton, and the kind of rider I admired. Strong time trialist, a tough guy whose job it was to ride on the front of the bunch and dish it out.
There is a wonderful photograph of him on a grey wet day, rain jacket on, tongue sticking out leading the peleton.
He was also somebody who came from the grass roots of British cycling in the years before there was lottery funded support for young riders. He continued to race TT's here and was a presence on the scene.
If the sport is going to sort itself out there can be little room for sentiment. It is a sad moment all the same.