Sunday, May 13, 2007

Basso Bashing

In a press conference before the start of the first stage of the Giro d'Italia, UCI president Pat McQuaid did not mince words when he addressed the topic of Ivan Basso and his admission to involvement in the OperaciĆ³n Puerto doping affair.

McQuaid made it clear that he has no sympathy for Basso, and will not recommend that he get any breaks just because he confessed.

"He has now admitted his guilt but for nine months he lied to everyone -- he lied to the cycling family, he lied to the media, he lied to his sponsors, he went into a new team and lied to those sponsors, he lied to everybody and he does not deserve our sympathy," McQuaid said.

"The world of cycling does not deserve this. The people who work for cycling week in, week out, for federations, volunteers, the people who spend their time coaching young cyclists in the sport, the people who volunteer to work and stand on roads and corners week in, week out, do not deserve this type of treatment."

BACKGROUND: Basso, who was among 58 riders originally named after Spanish authorities raided the clinic of Eufemiano Fuentes and turned up hundreds of bags of blood, documents and other evidence of a widespread blood doping ring, was excluded from the 2006 Tour de France and left his CSC team because of the scandal. When the Italian federation put aside his case, Basso signed with the Discovery Channel team. That team suspended Basso earlier this month, and Basso has since left the team.

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Sunday, May 13, 2007

Basso Bashing

In a press conference before the start of the first stage of the Giro d'Italia, UCI president Pat McQuaid did not mince words when he addressed the topic of Ivan Basso and his admission to involvement in the OperaciĆ³n Puerto doping affair.

McQuaid made it clear that he has no sympathy for Basso, and will not recommend that he get any breaks just because he confessed.

"He has now admitted his guilt but for nine months he lied to everyone -- he lied to the cycling family, he lied to the media, he lied to his sponsors, he went into a new team and lied to those sponsors, he lied to everybody and he does not deserve our sympathy," McQuaid said.

"The world of cycling does not deserve this. The people who work for cycling week in, week out, for federations, volunteers, the people who spend their time coaching young cyclists in the sport, the people who volunteer to work and stand on roads and corners week in, week out, do not deserve this type of treatment."

BACKGROUND: Basso, who was among 58 riders originally named after Spanish authorities raided the clinic of Eufemiano Fuentes and turned up hundreds of bags of blood, documents and other evidence of a widespread blood doping ring, was excluded from the 2006 Tour de France and left his CSC team because of the scandal. When the Italian federation put aside his case, Basso signed with the Discovery Channel team. That team suspended Basso earlier this month, and Basso has since left the team.

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