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TdeF aftermath rumbles on

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comment by Dan (U1914642)

posted Jan 19, 2007

Maybe they're trying to find a rider who WASN'T on something?

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posted Jan 19, 2007

Does anybody know why we never got to hear anymore about the Football and Tennis players implicated in Operation Puerto?

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posted Jan 19, 2007

I take Salbutomal every day (as well as probably a quarted of the UK population), I doesn't make me cycle any faster or climb better. Are the authorities deliberately trying to ruin cycling? I could never see a footballer etc being investigated for taking an asthma drug!

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posted Jan 19, 2007

Why aren't the tour officials supplied with a list of riders before every stage to let them know of any substances being used.They could still be tested afterwards for other illegal substances.

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posted Jan 19, 2007

They are, and Pereiro didn't - that's why he's in trouble. But not big trouble as I understand it, because the documentation is going to be provided shortly. Better very, very late than never.

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posted Jan 19, 2007

Surely the problem isn't that Salbutomal is on prescription for genuine illness, it's just that all cyclists, managers, etc know the "proscribed" drugs. If an athlete has an underlying problem that requires the use of "proscribed" substances it should be declared by the athlete and his team prior to his/her taking part in an event that has drug/substance testing.

Cycling has a history of drug abuse and also of the premature deaths of some of it's participants, for too long this abuse was "IGNORED" by the UCI, at last something is being done to rid the sport of the hypocrasy that has dogged it for too long.

What's wrong with "Expecting people to ride the Tour on Mineral Water" (as Jacques Anquetil once scoffed). Why can't we have real champions? For me cycling is the hardest sport, to excel means hours, weeks, months of training and effort, why should the "clean" riders be forced to compete with cheats?

I would love to see cycling run "on mineral water", even if it meant that records were not broken by "clean" champions. If we can have an "absolute" and "athlete's" hour record why can't we draw a line under what happened previously and start afresh with a new set of "clean" records!

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posted Jan 20, 2007

No, the FULL story is here:

http://www.cyclingnews.com/news.php?id=news/2007/jan07/jan20news

Pereiro has done nothing wrong, and he has now provided the medical documentation. He has the full backing of the UCI, and the UCI have also criticised the French anti-doping authority for stirring up unnecessary scandal. Scandal which has predictably been picked up by the BBC to write another half-baked piece attacking the sport.

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posted Jan 20, 2007

got to agree with theinvigilator on handling of this story by bbc "sport" dept. They like to knock cycling - but haven't mentioned that the operation puerto in spain involved 153 names - 50 cyclists and the rest athletes and footballers - uci named all the cyclists immediately - bbc enjoyed the feeding frenzy there - the op puerto doctor has been linked to a certain madrid football team - anybody spot the link to a recently departed star??

also where on the bbc has been the positive coverage of british success at world cup level this weekend - or are you focussing on the cricketers gettig beat - well done to chris hoy and ross edgar - british world cup winners this weekend and a big boo to thebeeb for maintaining tradition of ignoring british cycling success - whatever reason you've got get over it and praise british success

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posted Jan 20, 2007

As anyone seen the BBC sports calender here ?And specially the cycling calender which lacks to mention all the major classics aswell as other important domestic races like the 1ere calender events & national champs track & road , anyone from out side of the sport would think that riders in the tour de France prepared for it with littel or no racing!
Or am i being too harsh here to those that run this site?As it could be that you are not well informed,or quite simply outsiders to the sport it self , so here's a hint to help you ,have a look in at the international cyclist union site aswell as that of British cycling the where you could find all those much important missing dates like a very littel known classic which is over a hundred years old called Paris Roubaix or the hell of the north , watch it & you will understand why they call it that !
In the hope that someone on this site puts things right in the name of sport & good profesionel journalisme !

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posted Jan 21, 2007

The Oscar Pereiro issue is no big deal here in Spain and it is not being blown up out of proportion. It seems to be a case in the UK of "let's bash cycling again" - what a sad bunch the UK sporting media is. Cycling is probably now the UK's most successful sport and if only the UK could grasp that then maybe it could join other European countries in enjoying and following some real dynamic sport (along with skiing, speed skating, basket ball et al) instead of yawn yawn boring cricket (which they can't play anyway), darts, snooker etc. So BBC and everyone else involved in sports media, wake up and support some real sports heroes instead of knock, knock, knocking them. Yes, cyclists (not all) dope, but so do cricket and football players (for what little good it seems to do them at international level)and probably rugby players, and no doubt snooker and darts players (probably to keep them awake - yawn yawn).
I endorse what Paulthebike had to say - well done Chris Hoy and Ross Edgar - true champions. (British sports media - please note and don't forget the England cricket pretend players got beaten yet again by the Ozzies. How many times is that? 5 or 6, on the trot. Come on, get real and support real sportspeople). Thank goodness I live in Spain where genuine effort is applauded and sporting success is king.

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posted Jan 22, 2007

This whole drugs issue in cycling is now a complete nightmare and a farce.
I lost interest in the TDF last year when the top 2 or 3 riders where excluded with no evidence of wrong doing, and failed to follow the race for the first time since the early 1960's
I do not see things improving as the authorities seem to have lost control of the situation and I do not have any confidence in their ability to control the sport.

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posted Jan 23, 2007

Excuse me, but aren't you the Lewis that works at the beeb?

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posted Jan 23, 2007

just had my comments reinforced by bbc sport coverage - uk and scotland wide - coverage of andy murray losing was much greater than "coverage" of TWO GOLD medals in world cup by chris hoy - come on bbc & bbc scotland do your job - cover sporting success - that's what we're paying you to do

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posted Jan 24, 2007

The BBC loves Cycling drugs stories, it suits their agenda perfectly. I'm informed by folks at the beeb that no such agenda exists. Frankly I don't believe it, as the evidence is all too clear. If you keep a log of the BBC Cycling website, you will see that any drugs story is kept as a headline for as long as possible, sometimes 3 or 4 weeks - and during this period all sorts of more positive and interesting stories are ignored. Our track lads stunning successes are one example, another is Mark Cavendish and Roger Hammond signing for T-Mobile.

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comment by Ianm65 (U7383995)

posted Feb 6, 2007

I totally agree that cycling does not get the coverage it deserves in the UK but why squeal about it, they are not going to write about what they blatantly do not understand - drugs is an easy issue, trying to explain a madison, maybe not so.

However, all your conecrns skirt the issue here, cycling is full of drugs and it does not matter what other sports are up to, it needs to clean its act up. And Mr Perriero just got himself a nice little loop hole, like osme others just lately. Can't remember the name but one got off because the same person did his first and second test. It doesn't matter that he was up to his eyeballs on some performance enhancer.

So, who am I to say this? An ex GHS champion and representative of Great Britain at junior level. I used to get offered "greens, reds , uppers" at Criterium races in places like Chesterfield, where the prize money for first was 30.

The human body will just not take what pro cyclists are asked to do. The new UCI regulations, with all the big teams having to send a team to every race doesn't help, in my book. Whats the point of a team put together to win Tours and therefore fairly light wieght been made to ride Roubaix. Everyone knows they can't compete, the fields are to big and then come the crashes February until November, racing twice a week, over distances that equal running a marathon - how many marathons do athletes run a year?

I watch it all the time here in germany (much better coverage) and I love the sport dearly but if you all want it to be clean, you have to accept fewer races, at the least.

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