Velonews just dropped some bullshit.
The Tour owners say it is dis-inviting the totally revamped Astana team because it was born out of the totally discredited Astana 2007 (which pulled out of the Tour when team leader Alexander Vinokourov was convicted of blood doping), which evolved from Astana 2006 (excluded from the Tour at the last minute because of riders named on the Operación Puerto black list), which emerged from the ashes of Team Würth/Liberty Seguros once owned by the “busted” Spanish team director Manolo Saiz.
ASO’s logic is two strikes and you’re out — despite Astana 2008 engaging the independent and stringent medical-testing services of Danish anti-doping czar Dr. Rasmus Damsgaard. By the same logic, Clerc and Prudhomme should be barred from organizing bike races because the Vinokourov doping scandal happened at their event
What? You did drugs at my party and it’s my fault ’cause I let you in the door?
I like velonews. But I have no idea what they’re saying on this one. Astana is bullshit. Everyone associated with Astana is bullshit. And if you can’t see it, I don’t even know what to say.
Should the ASO decision stand up, and should Bruyneel’s Astana team not start this year’s Tour, then not only will defending champ Contador and potential winners Leipheimer and Andreas Klöden be deprived of their chances at further Tour glory, but the Tour itself will lose even more of its credibility.
That point was echoed by Bruyneel, who said in a prepared statement: “Unfortunately, the Tour de France will lose now much of its credibility by not letting participate some of the world’s best riders, who were never implicated in doping scandals.”
What the fuck are you guys talking about? Marco Pantani was barred from racing in the Tour back in 1999 when he was the defending champion. I didn’t hear Bruyneel crying about that development when his boy Armstrong took his first Tour win.
Bruyneel is full of shit.
That self serving cocksucker rode Indurain’s wheel to a stage win and the yellow jersey in 1995. Believe me, he’s capable of anything. If Bruyneel is talking, you are hearing lies.
This in from my man Bush43:
Velonews, (or is it Velodope?), shows it’s true colors. Wilcockson’s full blame placing on the organizers of the Tour de France (ASO), while feigning complete blindness to the whole history of doping, the players in doping and the current status of doping in the peloton shows which side of the fence Velodope is on. Hint: It’s not with Vaughters, Slipstream, WADA and all the riders who’ve stayed clean and been cheated.
Just a absolutely shameless, one sided piece that did damage, real damage, in the fight so that kid don’t have to dope to race.
Velodope has been one of the least investigative, least curious publications on the crisis of doping in cycling, and now the roots of that behavior have been lain out for all to see. They reside with the editorial director, John Wilcockson.