Or as clean as he can at this point.
The 24-year-old Riccò, who won two stages at the Tour before exiting the race for testing positive for a new product known as Continuous Erythropoietin Receptor Activator (CERA), was called before a CONI panel on Wednesday.
“Speaking to the anti-doping prosecutor, I took full responsibility for my actions,” Riccò told ANSA. “Prior to the Tour, I made a mistake; I took a product that everyone was talking about.”
Riccò said he made the decision to dope independently and took the drug outside of the auspices of his team.
“It was my error alone and because of this I refused the option to have my B sample tested,” said Riccò. “My thoughts are with my team because of me some could have lost their jobs.
I have to agree with him here:
While Riccò’s positive was hailed a sign of the rigor of the Tour’s testing protocol, the rider said he wasn’t convinced.
“During the Tour they took a lot of samples (from me), they made 10 tests in about 13 stages, two were positive and in fact in theory all the tests should have been positive therefore the method needs to be checked,” he said.
In theory, he should have lit it up like a fucking Christmas tree with each and every test.
In theory anyway.by