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Contador 'not welcome' to race

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Organisers of the Hamburg Cyclassics say they do not want Alberto Contador or Michael Rasmussen to race in their event.

Contador, who won the Tour de France this year, is not welcome because he was named in the Spanish blood doping scandal of 2006.

He was cleared of any wrongdoing by cycling chiefs and was unlikely to race in Hamburg anyway.

Rasmussen was barred after his Rabobank team sacked him for missing drugs tests and lying about his whereabouts.

Meanwhile, Astana's Andrej Kashechkin has tested positive for blood doping.

Is it right to stop cyclists entering races?
And is progress being made on cleaning up the sport?

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posted Aug 9, 2007

It's not really hardline to exclude people who would never have raced there anyway.

Contador and Rasmussen wouldn't have any interest in riding a rather flat one day classic on any occasion. Rasmussen doesn't even have a team, so he couldn't even if he wanted to.

As far as I can see, this was just a publicity stunt. A rather successful one, I guess, since it got the BBC to report it

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comment by pablo (U3004230)

posted Aug 9, 2007

"Ever since Hamilton was caught 2 years ago, it seems it has made a big comeback. It may be old fashion but still powerful and safer to avoid the testingIt's been pointed out to me, that this is more of an employer-employee relationship and not one where we are talking about our individual liberties and rights."

Yes but if your employer sacked you unfairly based on incorrect information or rumours then you could quite rightly take them to tribunal or even court. Employers have to respect their employees liberties and act in a fair and proper manner so I fail to see your point.

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posted Aug 10, 2007

It's not really hardline to exclude people who would never have raced there anyway.

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hmmm I think Alessandro Petacchi would beg to differ. He's been barred from the race as a result of his "non-negative" test at the Giro. Even though he was cleared of any cheating by the doping authorities.

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posted Aug 10, 2007

Well it looks like the damage is now done, I have just read that the Discovery team (formerly USPostal) are to disband at the end of the year, without a sponsor.
Team diector Johan Bruneel said that no one (new sponsors) wanted to work with them
Will this be the tip of the iceberg? how many other sponsors will drop out as a result of the doping scandals?

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posted Aug 10, 2007

"Yes but if your employer sacked you unfairly based on incorrect information or rumours then you could quite rightly take them to tribunal or even court. Employers have to respect their employees liberties and act in a fair and proper manner so I fail to see your point."

In regards to Rasmussen, certainly, there are many employees whose jobs would be in doubt if they missed tests especially in the transportation industry. That is where I was reading about a debate on the subject.

Indeed, with Contador this appears to be a different subject matter.


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posted Aug 10, 2007

Discovery disbanding,

This is an absolute stunner.

Hosting country not welcoming certain riders, a dominating team of the last 8 years disbanding.

To me, it leaves an empty feeling.

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posted Aug 13, 2007

What an absolute joke that Hamburg Cyclassics refused to let Contador to compete when they allow a self confessed doper like Eric Zabel to compete and win a stage. Contador has never tested positive and only has links to Operation Puerto because of his old team not as an individual. No doubt if he had been German and not Spanish it would have been a different story.

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posted Aug 19, 2007

>He (Contador)was cleared of any wrongdoing by
cycling chiefs and was unlikely to race in Hamburg anyway.
So why include this in the news report.

As for my comments on the effects of doping scandals - They are not scandals despite being reported as such. The system is working and our press should say so loudly. The liars, cheats and dopers are being caught, the cycle racing world is not 'losing' and its not 'obsolete'. These are just two words used by our negative press.
We, the people, want clean racing and its starting to happen thanks to the TdeF managers and the stance they took. If only we can get UCI to take the same moral stance instead of starting a war of words we'd get there even quicker.

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comment by lajonce (U4332592)

posted Sep 26, 2007

StellaPorters - You are the joke my friend. Just get over the war will ya and get back to realising our modern day (cycling) enemy are the french?

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