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This just in. Both Ricco *and* Piepoli have been fired by their team before waiting for the B test. Ricco is spending a *lot* of time talking to the French investigators. Saunier Duvall is pulling their sponsorship effective immediately.

So what did SD find on Piepoli?????

All of this is, no doubt, LNDD's fault. (kidding!)
 

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It is all L*|\|c3's fault probably.


[There, now that we have mentioned him at least once, this thread can proceed as normal :) ]
 

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i am not reading these details but the translator program kinda sux. man i wish i knew french right now.
Why are they being tossed before the b samples are in? this doesn't seem to parallel procedure, or protect them if, for some reason, the b sample comes back as neg.
 

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jhamlin38 said:
i am not reading these details but the translator program kinda sux. man i wish i knew french right now.
Why are they being tossed before the b samples are in? this doesn't seem to parallel procedure, or protect them if, for some reason, the b sample comes back as neg.


I'd wager because the SD team knows a great deal more about what has been going on, than they let on...and all the rats are jumping ship pointing fingers.....positive/negative doping tests doesn't matter too much when criminal wrong-doing appears to have occured.
 

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jhamlin38 said:
i am not reading these details but the translator program kinda sux. man i wish i knew french right now.
Why are they being tossed before the b samples are in? this doesn't seem to parallel procedure, or protect them if, for some reason, the b sample comes back as neg.
Sounds as though they busted them with possession.
 

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From VeloNews:
"Saunier Duval, meanwhile, has indicated that it may drop its sponsorship of professional cycling. Top company official Thierry Leroy told French radio station RTL on Friday: "It is highly probable that we will pull out of sponsoring cycling following this affair."

Leroy said he was "disappointed and angry" and prepared to launch legal proceedings against the team if organized doping were proven."

Just imaging if all professional sports sponsors took this approach in ALL sports.
99% of all the stadiums in the USA would shut down due to lack of sponsorship :yikes:

There is too much $$ involved in greedy deep pockets with US Sports to have any real or serious strides made to clean up sports outside of cycling. Hate to admit it buy I think Big Brother needs to step in and make some doping requirements and severe punishments related to drug use in all professional sports.

A few years without Baseball, football, etc wouldn't kill anyone :thumbsup:

Michael
 

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Ha!

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There is too much $$ involved in greedy deep pockets with US Sports to have any real or serious strides made to clean up sports outside of cycling.
A few years without Baseball, football, etc wouldn't kill anyone :thumbsup:

Michael
you dishonor the KMan

I guess you forget that over HALF of the athletes from the Puerto Case in Spain were SOCCER and TENNIS players. I guess maybe we need to do away with soccer and tennis for a while. LOL @ blaming it on "American" sports. People have been cheating since people became people.
 

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KMan said:
From VeloNews:
"Saunier Duval, meanwhile, has indicated that it may drop its sponsorship of professional cycling. Top company official Thierry Leroy told French radio station RTL on Friday: "It is highly probable that we will pull out of sponsoring cycling following this affair."

Leroy said he was "disappointed and angry" and prepared to launch legal proceedings against the team if organized doping were proven."

Just imaging if all professional sports sponsors took this approach in ALL sports.
99% of all the stadiums in the USA would shut down due to lack of sponsorship :yikes:

There is too much $$ involved in greedy deep pockets with US Sports to have any real or serious strides made to clean up sports outside of cycling. Hate to admit it buy I think Big Brother needs to step in and make some doping requirements and severe punishments related to drug use in all professional sports.

A few years without Baseball, football, etc wouldn't kill anyone :thumbsup:

Michael
I don't agree that it's Big Brother at all.

I have mandatory random drug screening done by the DOT as a condition of my employment.

If I don't like it, I can quit at any time.

If these guys (organizing bodies of any sport) wanted to stop doping, they'd have no problem doing so.

There is just an unbelievable level of hypocrisy in an immature, drug soaked popular culture worldwide.

Older people who should know better, have buckled to the youth oriented culture because it sells. It's a case of arrested development.

Everything is sponsored by drug companies, alcohol companies, and the like.

Just look at the level of hypocrisy on the versus coverage. Every one of those announcers knows that Armstrong is a way bigger drug cheat than Ricco ever was or will be and they are still lying about it.

Is there anyone on these forums who isn't participating in the drug culture to one degree or another, be it with Aleve or Levitra, or Johnny Black or Budweiser? Maybe a Xanax, or a Valium, Oxy Contin or Percoset. If not that, what about the supplement industry and all of their crap that panders to a doper's mentality.

I will say I applaud the steps the French have taken, all of this crap about the best riders not riding is nonsense. This idea that Ricco was a big talent is invalidated. Who knows if he would be half the rider he appears to be if he were not on PED's? There might be riders on RBR that can beat him and that's the way he should be looked at.... Excluding Astana was also a great decision.

Really, Let Levi Cry, as another poster says....
 

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jhamlin38 said:
i am not reading these details but the translator program kinda sux. man i wish i knew french right now.
Why are they being tossed before the b samples are in? this doesn't seem to parallel procedure, or protect them if, for some reason, the b sample comes back as neg.
I'd guess they have physical evidence, supporting a crime. Don't need any positives at all if thats the case...
 

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There are reports that Piepoli's Hautacam sample came back hot.
 
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