Wednesday, July 25, 2007

another day, another doper (stage 16 wrap-up)



...before I could even find the time to write about today's very exciting final mountain stage, word comes out about another rider testing positive.

Turns out that Cristian Moreni of Confidis has tested positive for testosterone and the entire team will be leaving the tour a la Astana. They are also foregoing the B sample test so he must have admitted it to the team once confronted.

It's really to bad for the rest of the team but I think that this is really the way to go as it will hopefully begin to ostracize the riders who do cheat and will hopefully make the other riders more likely to come forward.

UPDATE: Well I suppose I should have seen this coming but Rabobank has pulled Rasmussen from the tour and fired him. Apprently there is evidence that he purposely lied of his whereabouts while training to the UCI and was in Italy when he said he was in Mexico.

It's really too bad because today was a brilliant display of tactics on his part to let Contador blow himself trying to stick an attack. It also showcased another young rider in Soler who has ridden incredibly well the whole tour and rightly deserves the polka dot jersey he now has. Meanwhile Disco now has 2 podium spots and only has to be careful of Cadel Evans (who it must be reminded is the new winner of the TT since Vino tested positive).

More to come tomorrow

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