Despite the European connection to the origin of grading races and the international application of . grades, it must be kept in mind that our racing differs fundamentally from racing in other countries: in most countries, stakes events are set forth by a central authority, and changes to major fixtures are made under the aegis of a central governing body. racing, however, is de-centralized, and no such uniform control can exist. racing and stakes programs are dynamic products of regulatory, contractual, and competitive conditions in many local and regional environments. The . grading system is designed to accommodate the flexibility and dynamism of . racing; a grading system that could not quickly respond to our ever-changing conditions would never be appropriate in our country. Judgment and flexibility thus must always be a part of the system.
The Telekom Affair – In May 2007, several former riders admitted to using banned substances (including EPO ) while riding for the team in the mid-1990s, including Erik Zabel , Rolf Aldag , Brian Holm ,  Bjarne Riis ,  Bert Dietz , Udo Bölts and Christian Henn including the seasons in which Riis and Jan Ullrich won the Tour de France.  Team doctors Andreas Schmid and Lothar Heinrich also confessed to participating and administering banned substances. The latter was Team Telekom's sporting director until 3 May 2007, when he was suspended following allegations published in former team member Jef d'Hont 's book.