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Thursday, September 07, 2006

What Now?

After Operación Puerto blew apart the 2006 Tour de France, we as fans are left wondering what is next.  It seems that somehow the Astana Team was exonerated after being booted from the Tour.  But what about Jan Ullrich and Ivan Basso?

Given the snails pace of Euro Justice, I don’t expect anything to come of this for five or seven years.  Does that mean that Fat Jan or Basso could ever ride a pro race again during this time?  Or more likely, have we already seen their last races as pro riders?

 

2 Comments:

At September 07, 2006 3:10 PM, Blogger RideTrek said...

Ullrich is D-U-N done. Basso might be able to clear his name. Basso has been testifying in Italy and investigators there have been analyzing the Puerto documentation. The link to Basso seems weak.

There is probably some fire behind all of the smoke, but my guess is that Spanish investigators have over-hyped the Fuentes situation in an attempt to pass legislation in Spain outlawing doping (it's not currently illegal there). There are some riders involved, but probably not as many as has been speculated and not as many big names. Seems more political than factual.

Also, why have we not heard about the football (soccer), tennis and track athletes also working with Fuentes?

 
At September 07, 2006 8:54 PM, Blogger Redlight said...

Interesting note: The Spanish cycling federation is allowing its riders to ride, because the riders wrote a letter of apology to the courts. The Spanish get the bust, and they get to keep their riders active. New conspiracy?

T-mobile is starting blood testing on all of its riders, setting up a profile for everyone. If you're off profile, you're off the team. That's a start to helping it go away.

Ullrich did it, because he won't even do a test that could exonerate him. I haven't read much about Basso but my dad says he's toast...

Hey, where in the world is American juicer extraordinaire Floyd "the roid" Landis????

 

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