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http://www.sportsscientists.com/2011/02 ... t-not.html
I would love to know the reactions in France. Mr Long legs?
Thanks for sharing. That is an interesting read indeed as are the comments. The comments about the Spanish PM are interesting ... really casts doubts on the role he has played.
Haven't seen much comment here yet.
I can see a problem with the TDF thou...if he is allowed to ride legally,I can't see them wanting him there if he is given a ban a few months later.
Valverde all over again.
does anyone know if the UCI appeals, does that make him provisionally suspended again, or is he free to race until the appeal outcome is established?
Why can't the UCI just take a look at the evidence (or lack thereof) and make their own decision?
So what if the Spanish let him off? The UCI are still the world governing body aren't they?
2010 BMC SLC01
They can appeal...after the spanish have finished.
Seriously, this is a bit over our heads! In 99 (I think) samples from Mr LA turned up positive, but positivexnegative (someone, something) = negative, and positive became negative.
I just don't get it. Ullrich was positive, Pantani was positive, Vinokourov was positive, and many others. Where is all the money, titles,.. they earned? People still flock the routes of the TdF, Vuelta, Giro, TdU,... It is a spectacle, it is business. Artists of all trades have been "relying" on enhancing substances. Climbing the Everest with assistance is "wrong"? Rules for professional sports exist and should be followed. No objection. Same goes for rules when driving a car, building houses, fixing seals on my bath tub,...
It's all part of the circus...Pistolero has that finger up someone's rear.
Political pressure brought to bare, simple. It was predicted by many on here earlier in this thread that the Spanish federation would not suspend him, that has proven out. The only surprise was the announcement that they were considering a one year ban.
So this gets to play out longer to the detriment of cycling
Who thinks pistolero will get jeered at the next race outside Spain?
no matter what the outcome, his credibility is shot now. unless.. he can reinvent himself and show the public that he is riding for a higher purpose
With his history I don't think he had that much credibility to start with.
What the stylish female TdF fan will be wearing?
...whatever the road rules, self-preservation is the absolute priority for a cyclist when mixing it with motorised traffic.
London Boy 29/12/2011
Not many big name GC riders with cred in the last two decades. Even the Schlecks are tainted.
Very tainted...I know I know,poor old Sassi...hardly in his grave and Ricco does that to his family .
26 pages. How many more pages can this saga generate before it goes quiet?
Some of the comments from the cyclists in Oman (on CN ) were interesting .
Rodriguez (apologies if spelt wrong) of course supported him, and all Vino could say was that's good, as the TdF prizemoney stays with Astana !!!!
It's interesting that he wasn't mentioned in the Volta Algarve rundown.
ok, so what I don't udnerstand is why a world governing body is subject to a local governing body, ie the Spanish?
That like saying the Queen cannot overrule the local courts to me.
2010 BMC SLC01
Because everyone demands and expects independence. This is alike the UN and its limited powers over member states. Without these convoluted arrangements, there wouldn't have been an international body.
the CAS isn't equipped to handle every doping case - they're only there to arbitrate when there is a dispute. the intention is that national federations should get it right and that the UCI/CAS only step in when they screw up. in practice, that happens more often than it should.
No surprise. It's like asking the mum and dad of a family to judge and convict their child for alleged crimes committed in the wider society. Some can, most will become defensive for family honour.
He's upset the Spanish meat producers though !!!
Might get lynched with a side of beef next time he back in spain .....
I was really hoping Pistolero would "retire", and sell his pink Giro bike to me (I'm assuming Saxo Bank has already made one up for him)
I was going to use the Pistolero logo for my own nefarious purposes ...
He better avoid teh running of the bulls!
2010 BMC SLC01
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