Tirreno Adriatico 2015  -  stage 1 ITT
  • jakub

    surprising, but from the beginning his defense seemed legit to me. apparently expert opinion from US Mayo Clinic where he underwent checks for his hypothyoridism seemed to persuade UCI/WADA. hope he will now make selection for the Tour.

  • Atganirider

    This is the worst possible outcome, giving doubt to the validity of the biological passport system and the integrity of the rider…

    • Samaway

      Unless, of course, he is innocent.

      • Atganirider

        He is innocent until proven guilty (British justice), but will always suffer from gossip and rumour

        • Dave

          There’s a possible civil suit there

        • Samaway

          Exactly. It didn’t seem like that was your opinion though (since you said the worst possible outcome was giving doubt to the passport system…)

          • Dave

            I thought he said the worst possible outcome was “giving doubt to” two things – not just the BP system but also the integrity of the rider – as the UCI neither presented the appeal (which would have restored the BP system’s honour if upheld or confirmed the original verdict clearing RK of all charges if overruled) or made a full apology to Kreuziger for trashing his reputation just to make themselves sound tough. Perhaps the apology is still in the post to the media.

            It would all have been so much easier if the UCI had not tried bluffing Kreuziger into admitting doping with this speculative appeal routine, but instead responded to the original verdict with a press release along the lines of:
            “the UCI accepts the verdict clearing Roman Kreuziger of all doping allegations and thanks the authorities for their diligent verification of the medical conditions concerned to reach the correct verdict. The UCI is of course very interested in ensuring that the biological passport program continues to flag doping and not genuine medical conditions, and will be convening an independent review to identify the improvements required for the program to become a mature tool in the fight against doping.”

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    • Larry @CycleItalia

      A disaster any way you slice it. Shades of the Astana license fiasco. UCI makes big noise and when challenged, folds up like a cheap beach chair. Roman K’s explanation is interesting, I just read something about an athlete claiming a dodgy coach told her to get a prescription for some sort of thyroid medication, despite the fact she had no such condition.

      • Dave

        But if that kind of thing is
        (a) true or at least plausible, and
        (b) such common knowledge that you can read it on the internet, and
        (c) they had reason to believe it also applied to RK,
        then you would have expected that the UCI would have proceeded with their appeal.

        But they obviously knew that either Kreuziger’s medical history would be too easy to verify or that the biological passport rules are just as weak and unenforceable as their WorldTeam licensing rules were shown to be with the Astana case. I predicted months ago that there was no intention of the UCI presenting an appeal they knew would be quickly rejected, and that it was clearly all just bluster intended to make RK cave in and ask for a six month suspension to make it all go away.

        The whole exercise will have been quite expensive for the UCI even without actually going to CAS and paying both their own costs and Kreuziger’s when they lost it. Perhaps that money should have been spent on improving the biological passport program or even on rewriting some of their rules which currently have more holes than a colander so they can become enforceable for the future.

  • Joe atocha

    Even if he’s truly innocent his reputation is smeared. But cycling has a short memory so he’ll be ok. However, he did spend several months accused and that must have messed with his head, thus effecting his form.

  • The disappointing aspect is the lack of clear explanation as to why they’ve dropped the case

    • Atganirider

      £, € or $?

      • Dave

        More likely € multiplied by (1.0 minus chance of success)

    • jakub

      Well, my guess would be that Kreuziger simply provided sound facts in his defense and WADA/UCI simply came to a conclusion that they are on very weak ground with their evidence in his biological passport. Hearings at CAS cost money which has to be paid by the side losing an appeal. As I said in my previous comment above, he underwent extensive checks at Mayo Clinic (which is indeed highly respected institution) and the conclusion was a) he indeed suffers from hypothyroidism b) it is very likely that fluctuations in his BP might have been caused by the L-thyroxine medication.

  • Dave

    I always thought that the UCI had nothing and would never actually go to have the appeal heard – and I posted so many times on CT articles. As it turns out I was correct, they were indeed just bluffing in the hope that Kreuziger would blink first and try to make some deal for a six month suspension.

  • Derek Maher

    Thats the problem with these so called expert panels and business testing labs.
    Hearsay and rumour,Suspicions without actual medical proof.A vested interest in keeping this dodgy system in place.Big funds are at stake.
    Teams that join in are just keeping the circus going and its piling huge costs onto the sport.

  • Kaweh

    My take: Kreuziger’s defense relies on his dodgy passport data to be legit. Given the recent French and British documentaries that the passport can be beat quite easily through microdosing, I guess the UCI and WADA did not want to discuss the robustness (or lack thereof) of the passport system in front of a court before they have had the chance to further develop it.

    I personally would not trust Kreuziger a bit but then again there is probably a substantial number of riders in the pro peloton microdosing as we speak (well at least during the overnight no-testing window) and with the Giro’s peloton a deux vitesses (read Astana and Aru’s dodgy health issue before and stage wins in week three) there’s really not much hope for regarding a turn to the better. Seems like we saw a brief window where after the introduction of he passport riders were unsure and hence there was a cleaner peloton but now it’s on the way to another version of the Armstrong era. I can very well understand that he’s frustrated that he pioneered microdosing and got a ban while a lots of riders still do it and get away with it…

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