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  • Now that the UCI are looking at March 2012 , would it be possible to start looking at the Racers that were at the 2012 TDF and EACH Grand Tour since then ?

    They scored Millions from the Olympics , so ” DEEP Retesting ” of Racers , will no doubt produce EVIDENCE that those Racing in 2012 until now , were not busy shining their ” Halo s “!

    Yes i know phat the prat was in charge in 2012 & was busy ” winning friends & trying to influence “!

  • Larry @CycleItalia

    Your headline says it all. They can toss Caruso to the wolves and keep on like it never happened ala Cannondale-Garmin in Utah after Tommy D. was nabbed as a cheater (again, just like Caruso) so why should they care? If MPCCC raises a stink they’ll just bail on being members and peel the stickers off their vehicles. Until some serious pain is inflicted (loss of team license, entire team kicked out of La Vuelta, etc.) don’t expect much to change. Mr. Mars and protege Mad Hatter were terrible, but Cookson seems to be a guy in a straightjacket when it comes to cleaning up the mess that is pro cycling. And they wonder why nobody wants to sponsor teams?

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    • Sean Doyle

      My only comment is that previous the UCI didn’t follow it’s own rules and was castigated by everyone. Brian Cookson is playing by the book and his hands are a little tied but at least no one will be able to come back and say the UCI were out of order. I am sure they are looking at ways of changing the rules to deal with them better but they first had to clean up a pretty messy administration.
      I agree that the penalties need to be massive and not just for the rider. The big problem is some of the evidence is subjective so until they can pin that down I doubt you’ll see whole Teams being punished.

      • Larry @CycleItalia

        NO argument there. But I can’t help wondering if pro cycling will survive until Cookson’s cleaned up the mess and the reforms take hold? Every time I think the sport’s hit rock-bottom and has nowhere to go but up – we see something like this, which to the general public (and potential sponsors?) looks like the UCI can’t or won’t clean up the mess.

        • Sean Doyle

          Agreed also. Maybe pro cycling needs to fail before it gets better. Personally I think we have hit rock bottom with LAs admission. Without that there were just too many people refusing to open their eyes to the reality. Now that they can see that even the hero is fallible then they will more likely be demanding that sport cleans it self up. The big problem is sport mimics life. Until society stops abusing substances, looking for short cuts and plain old cheating it’s way through life then sport will never be the utopian ideal we want.

  • winkybiker

    Cycling doesn’t need this guy. Throw him out for good. Plenty of good riders willing to step up and take his place. The soft suspensions of deliberate cheaters continue to baffle me. Just ban them for life. Simple, done and we don’t have to be bothered by them ever again. Let them get a real job and we can forget them. The sport owes these cheats nothing. How is the sport improved by this guy ever racing again? Answer – It isn’t. The sport continues to rot from the inside out. Why is this so hard?

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