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  • Nitro

    Counting the minutes until someone makes a joke about Michael Boogered being….. 5, 4, 3, 2, 1….

    • Steel

      That’s snot what I was thinking.

      • Dave

        A two year suspension from his post-riding career as a sporting director is nothing to sneeze at.

        • jules

          he’s on the nose, but it’s not as big a blow as Paolini’s case though, who still has high objectives as an active rider.

          • Dave

            When I was learning to ride a bike and dad said that white lines were dangerous, I never knew he was only trying to protect me from copping an anti-doping suspension.

    • Peter

      In a spot of bother….????

      • Dave

        The cycling Boogey Man….????

    • Matt

      …buggered?

  • Michele

    Regarding Boogerd and his 2 year ban … I have no problem with it.

    I now look forward to the UCI announcing further 2 year bans for everyone else currently working in cycling, who have belatedly, post-career, admitting to using PEDs, and who haven’t as yet received a suspension for their transgressions.

    • Dave

      Some say that the teams will be decimated once the evil ASO takes over the sport anyway, so why bother waiting?

  • Robert Merkel

    As far as that Garmin gadget is concerned…

    Given that roadies are happy to use gadgets like the Fly6 rear camera, but wouldn’t be seen dead with a mirror, wonder whether it’s feasible to do a version that can display the output of a rear facing camera?

    • Andy B

      It must link in with garmins rearview radar In some way
      Streaming wireless video would like be too battery consuming for bikes I’d think
      I guess this is their solution?

      • Robert Merkel

        Ah, right. Wasn’t familiar with that. Neat solution.

  • Andy B

    how good is caleb :)

    • Sean

      goes alright

    • Michele

      pretty

      • Dave

        “pretty”

        Chris Gayle would like to remind you that this sort of comment about people is not allowed in public these days.

  • Sean

    I’m looking forward to seeing Jonathan Tiernan-Locke beck in the pelobunch, this guy has some serious climbing talent.

    • AMK

      Wonder if he still goes on those massive benders?

    • Andy B

      serial pest

    • Pete

      ‘Yes, isn’t it great to see another drug cheat allowed to race again.

      • Pat

        I met JTL on a few occasions whilst he was in Bristol and before big races he would actually be out till the early hours drinking so his reason about the anomaly in his biological passport is very plausible. Secondly. The UK anti doping authority did not ban him for a positive test or dismiss his reason as being false but merely on the grounds that they did not believe him! Doping should punished with a lifetime ban but I for one would hope that my trade was not restricted on circumstantial evidence and the fact that someone does not believe me.

        • BenW

          Not true. Here’s what Cycling Weekly had to say about it:

          “Tiernan-Locke’s anti-doping hearing
          took place over July 1-2 2014, with the decision on the case made on
          July 15. The violation related to a sample obtained on September 22 2012
          – his first as part of the biological passport programme – whilst
          Tiernan-Locke was still riding for the Endura team but after he had been
          offered a two-year contract with Team Sky, on September 20. The day
          following the test, on September 23, he rode for Great Britain in the
          World Championships road race and finished 19th.

          After taking further blood and urine samples from Tiernan-Locke over a
          five-month period and then comparing these values to the original
          sample, it was concluded by the UCI in September 2013 that the first
          sample had an abnormally high level of red blood cells (haemoglobin) and
          abnormally low level of reticulocytes (immature red blood cells). These
          factors are strong indicators of the use of banned blood booster EPO or
          blood transfusion.”

          http://www.cyclingweekly.co.uk/news/latest-news/jonathan-tiernan-locke-blamed-biological-passport-anomaly-binge-drinking-session-133330#kT5tBrQFADpDBvYu.99

          In any case, nobody who fails on a Biological Passport case ever “tests positive” – that’s not how the system works as it’s longitudinal testing over an extended period, rather than a single test saying Yes or No. It’s a fallacy to say he didn’t test positive. Whilst yes it’s true he didn’t, nobody who has a bad biological passport ever does. A single test can be an indicator of abuse worthy of further investigation – it’s never an answer in itself.

          • BenW

            JT-L was banned from driving in April 2015 for 17 months as well for Drink Driving. Does the guy have a problem with booze or is he just a dick? He perhaps needs help.

          • Pat

            You are right to say that I Cant say he has doped but you acknowledge that it merits further investigation and that is the point I was making. His argument is entirely plausible. It could have been caused by doping or it could have been as he said, because of too much alcohol. Therefore the decision is made on what you believe to be most likely and restriction of trade on those grounds is not fair.

    • chris@teamsky.com

      How about they have him ride through the course a bit ahead of the race peloton (using whatever pharmaceutical or mechanical doping he needs to do so – none of which would have been available to him in his time at Team Sky, of course) so the crowds can get rid of all their urine on him and give the actual peloton a clean run through?

  • Bex
  • Just me

    Personally, I think the suspension of Boogerd is way to hard. He doped so he deserves some kind of punishment but not a sentence of two years. He came clean three years ago. If they wanted to punish him for two years that’s perfectly fine by me, but not after three years.
    I don’t think a lot of riders will confess their doping use when they hear this. And so the omerta continues. Way to go UCI!

    • jules

      it’s a difficult one, as going easy on people who eventually confess risks giving the impression you just need to cooperate to escape a (full) penalty. in some way the fact they offended must be accounted for. maybe he should have got some leniency, maybe he did?

      • Dave

        If he only got two years instead of the full four year suspension, that means he was granted the 50% discount that the WADA Code allows for a guilty plea.

        If he betrayed the Omertà and spilled the beans on his coaches and suppliers, he could have received a 75% discount like USADA issued to all the guys who testified against Lord Voldemort.

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      • Pete

        Bike riders only confess after they’re caught.

        • jules

          as opposed to others? who confesses before they’re caught?

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