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The Purple Cow
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Forget opera, nothing that any dope-fiending cyclist ever does to his body will ever come close to matching the astonishing level of drug abuse and blood doping prevelant in ballet dancing.
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What do you all make of this then?
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As noted on the athletics thread, Steve Cram described it as "an injection in the arm for British Athletics",
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Fausto Ptang
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I didn't look at the athletics thread. I thought it was more appropriate on this thread.
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Marca is reporting that the UCI have banned Valverde from the Worlds on the basis of the Puerto "dossier".
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Fausto Ptang
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Why now? Why hasn't this happened before?
How long before AC is finally roped in?

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ursus arctos
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They claim to have been studying the 6,000 plus pages of the dossier carefully for several months. The Spanish federation is considering a protest.

One would think that if they were going after Contador, they would do it at the same time, but this is the UCI.

Cycling News implies that the German attitude towards Valverde was not irrelevant here, and is almost certainly right:

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UCI says no Worlds for Valverde and initiates proceedings
By Monika Prell

Valverde could be further linked to Fuentes
Photo ©: Sirotti
Following the lead of German organizers, who have said they did not want Alejandro Valverde competing in the UCI World Road Championships in Stuttgart, the UCI announced in a statement Wednesday that it was not only prohibiting the Spanish rider from starting the championship event, but that it was also starting disciplinary proceedings against him.

Saying that it was acting in accordance with its regulations, the UCI requested the Spanish cycling federation RFEC "to open disciplinary proceedings against the rider as soon as possible."

"During the meticulous studying of the 6,000-page Puerto dossier, the International Cycling Union (UCI) has concluded that several documents may show the involvement of Alejandro Valverde in the affair," said a statement from the UCI.

The UCI carefully pointed out that the proceedings themselves do not imply guilt on the part of Valverde; however, it noted that if Valverde's involvement in the Puerto affair were confirmed and he were to receive at least a two-year ban, then as a signatory of the "Riders' Commitment to a New Cycling" pledge, he would be obliged to pay the UCI a contribution to the anti-doping campaign of a sum equal to his annual salary for 2007, in addition to any regulatory fines.



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I honestly don't think AC is Contador; Fuentes denied he had ever treated Contador or Davis, yet said nothing to exonerate any of the other, infinitely more bankable guys on his roster.
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Fausto Ptang
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Contador could have made life easier for himself though couldn't he? He could also have helped cycling a great deal in the process.
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He offered to give dna samples, he said over and again he wasn't AC. I don't know what else he could have done.

Anyway, this is brilliant.

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I don't know whether it's been reported outside France, but the French national amateur road racing champion, Loïc Herbreteau, has been revealed to have used a banned stimulant, having failed a test last December before a cyclo-cross race.

Obviously this will come as particularly disappointing news because we were all under the impression, from watching coverage of Le Tour, that the French were the only people in world sport who didn't take performance enhancing drugs.

He claims it comes from something he used to treat his "crise d'hémmoroïdes" before the race.

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quote:
By Julien Pretot
PARIS, Sept 5 (Reuters) - Spaniard Jose Antonio Redondo has
been dismissed by Astana, a source within the Swiss team backed
by Kazakh companies said on Wednesday.
"Redondo has been sacked after failing to abide by team
rules," the source, who wished to remain anonymous, told
Reuters by telephone.
"The team do not want to issue a statement on the matter
for the sake of the rider."
The 22-year-old Redondo, whose best result in 2007 was
second place in the second stage of the Dauphine Libere, became
the fifth rider this year to be sacked a team that has suffered
a number of doping scandals this season.
Italy's Eddy Mazzoleni, who had been left out of the team
for the Tour de France, claimed he left the team in July
because of his involvement in a doping investigation.
German Matthias Kessler was sacked in July after testing
positive for the banned male sex hormone testosterone on April
24.
The whole Astana team was forced to pull out of the Tour de
France after Kazakh Alexander Vinokourov tested positive for
blood doping following his victory in the 13th stage, an
individual time trial in Albi.
Vinokourov, who was the team's leading figure, has been
kicked out of the team while compatriot Andrey Kashechkin was
dismissed last week after failing a random test for blood
doping in Belek (Turkey) on Aug 1.
However, Astana said on Wednesday they would continue
racing until further notice.
"Swiss company Zeus Sarl, directed by Marc Biver, is bound
to to the Kazakh Cycling Federation in accordance with the
contract linking the two parts until 2010," the team said in a
statement.
But the team's future is still in jeopardy as Astana could
lose their ProTour licence for next season.
"UCI ProTour president Vittorio Adorni met with Astana
manager Marc Biver. He explained the situation but the licence
commission may still be asked to withdraw the ProTour licence
held by the Kazakh federation," UCI manager Alain Rumpf told
Reuters on Sunday.


REUTERS


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And Bernucci was canned by T-Mobile yesterday, after testing positive for a what sounds like an ephedrine-like stimulant in the Deutschland Tour. He says it was in an over the counter dietary supplement be bought in Italy.
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The Bonn prosecutors now say that they have conclusive proof that Ulrich paid Fuentes 25,000 euro for transfusions in 2004.
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Fausto Ptang
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What is likely to happen to BFJ?
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