I've been watching the Dauphine here:
I'm not a Cadel Evans fan but he sure was impressive today. Super smooth and solid.
Tomorrow is the Ventoux!
You mean the fact that he is riding instead of being suspended? The same defence as the Russian skiers..."sure,I was cheating, you have proof, but I claim some legal loophole." I think he won't be around long.. Take a two year break, Alejandro.
( they found a bag of his blood at the great doper doctor Fuentes, but a Spanish judge ruled Italian courts can't use that evidence)
UCI president Pat McQuaid said that Caisse d’Epargne’s Alejandro Valverde faces a worldwide two-year doping ban if the governing body acts on key evidence, which has yet to be forwarded by the Italian Olympic Committee (CONI).
Valverde has been effectively ruled out of this year's Tour de France after CONI recently barred him from racing in Italy for two years.
CONI claims that a blood sample from Valverde, taken at Cuneo, Italy during the last year's Tour de France, matches blood samples from the Operación Puerto blood doping investigation in Spain.
Thanks for the link. I was not aware you could get live coverage for free. It sure beats following the minute by minute written updates on Cyclying News.
Great race on Mt. Ventoux today! Things definitely got shaken up. MF
Is it just me or is the Liquigas situation rather, uh, embarrassing? Did Basso train this year at all?
IIIJMOI he looking *bigger*, as in *chunkier legs* this year?
Does he remain the winner if he gets a worldwide ban for his Puerto/CONI thing?
Good question. I think he does, because there is no evidence he doped in that race. They lose the title when tests from the specific race come back positive.
The two year ban is a procedural thing. I'm so tired of his whining about "the injustice". Prove the blood bag was planted or the DNA test wrong, then come talk about injustice. Until then, its the people he is beating in these races with the legitimate complaint.
Without a leader in the tour, I guess they'll be going for stage wins, like most of the other teams out there.
Looks like a big Spanish conspiracy:
So far, the Spanish cycling federation has been blocked from trying to use evidence gathered in the Puerto investigation by a Spanish judge, who is still considering the case for its legal merit.
Valverde has been denying he’s Valv.Piti (one of the numerous nicknames found in the Puerto dossier) ever since the scandal broke in May 2006 and he continues to say he’s never worked with alleged ringleader Dr. Eufemiano Fuentes.
Others say Valverde is not involved, including Spanish sports minister Jaime Lissavetzky, who say the Spanish government is quietly supporting efforts by Valverde’s legal team to overturn the Italian ban.
His latest troubles date back to last year’s Tour de France, when Italian authorities took blood samples from Valverde when the Tour ended a stage at Prato Nevoso on the Italian side of the Alps.
DNA sampling later matched those samples to one of the bags of blood – the infamous bag No. 18 ─ confiscated by Spanish police during the Puerto raids in 2006. CONI officials also say that the bag identified to be Valverde’s also tested for traces of the banned blood booster EPO.