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"It would be big chaos if those riders remain in the race,” said the manager of Basso’s team, Bjarne Riis. “We have to protect cycling.”

The next step that should be taken if pro cycling is really serious against doping is lifetime bans against any involvement in the sport by known dopers. Riis was a nothing cyclist for years, basically a water carrier for Fignon, until Cecchini gave him new methods to raise his hemocrit level 15% (hint: not altitude training). Links to Basso, Fuentes all over the place and now the guy has the balls to say we need to protect cycling. If he really believes that he should leave the sport..what a bunch of two-faced liars.
 

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stevesbike said:
"It would be big chaos if those riders remain in the race,” said the manager of Basso’s team, Bjarne Riis. “We have to protect cycling.”

The next step that should be taken if pro cycling is really serious against doping is lifetime bans against any involvement in the sport by known dopers. Riis was a nothing cyclist for years, basically a water carrier for Fignon, until Cecchini gave him new methods to raise his hemocrit level 15% (hint: not altitude training). Links to Basso, Fuentes all over the place and now the guy has the balls to say we need to protect cycling. If he really believes that he should leave the sport..what a bunch of two-faced liars.
I think Riis might have been taken out of context here. To me, he's saying that you have to take Basso and Ullrich out of the race or else you'll controversey following the Tour the whole way. That would be bad for the race. He's basically agreeing that having suspected dopers not race is not only good for the race, but good for cycling.
 

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stevesbike said:
"It would be big chaos if those riders remain in the race,” said the manager of Basso’s team, Bjarne Riis. “We have to protect cycling.”

The next step that should be taken if pro cycling is really serious against doping is lifetime bans against any involvement in the sport by known dopers. Riis was a nothing cyclist for years, basically a water carrier for Fignon, until Cecchini gave him new methods to raise his hemocrit level 15% (hint: not altitude training). Links to Basso, Fuentes all over the place and now the guy has the balls to say we need to protect cycling. If he really believes that he should leave the sport..what a bunch of two-faced liars.
Two faced? I think it's called self preservation.
 

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Riis is trying to make it look like he takes the 'high road.' It was the right thing to say, but this is really a tactic to save his own career as DS. Looks like they'll have to add an addendum to 'Overcoming' DVDs.
 

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Riis is covering his butt

stevesbike said:
"It would be big chaos if those riders remain in the race,” said the manager of Basso’s team, Bjarne Riis. “We have to protect cycling.”

The next step that should be taken if pro cycling is really serious against doping is lifetime bans against any involvement in the sport by known dopers. Riis was a nothing cyclist for years, basically a water carrier for Fignon, until Cecchini gave him new methods to raise his hemocrit level 15% (hint: not altitude training). Links to Basso, Fuentes all over the place and now the guy has the balls to say we need to protect cycling. If he really believes that he should leave the sport..what a bunch of two-faced liars.
He owns Riis Racing which is the team organization that CSC sponsors. He has to protect his investment ,his future and his other riders' futures.
 
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