This just in:
Subject: Doper caught by internal controls
Doper? Sacraficial lamb?
Astana kicks “Goose” to the curb…
u can add him to your list of former Armstrong associates.
From the Velonews article:
Astana has sacked Russian rider Vladimir Gusev for reportedly showing “abnormal values” during the team’s internal doping checks.
“Vladimir Gusev has been officially informed that he is no longer part of the team Astana,” said general manager Johan Bruyneel in a news release.
The three-time Russian time-trial champion showed “abnormal values” during an internal doping check, according to the release.
Though the results “do not indicate the use of banned substances…”
Of course they don’t. That would open the door to exaclty what was he on and where did he get it. They’d keep it simple if they could. And they did.
Claiming “abnormality” and “we fired him” says two things: 1) we’re serious about our own internal anti-doping controls, and 2) we’re not the same team we used to be.
“Vladimir Gusev has been officially notified that he no longer represents Team Astana”, said General Manager Johan Bruyneel. “Though his results do not indicate the use of forbidden substances, Vladimir’s values exceeded the normal parameters established by Dr. Damsgaard and were not compliant with the strict agreement signed by all thirty riders. Our Kazakh sponsors have also been made aware of this decision and are fully supportive.”
Bruyneel further commented: ”It’s impossible for any team manager to know the activities of riders behind closed doors, but we continue to enforce that Team Astana has a 100% no tolerance policy and any violators will serve the same fate as Vladimir. On a brighter note, this proves that Dr. Damsgaard’s system works and we are committed to racing clean.”
Looking ahead to next year, are we Bruyneel? Seen the field this year in France and figured you could throw a squad together off the couch, like you did for the Giro, and walk away with the top spot?
Yeah. We all know you can.by