Monday, May 07, 2007

Basso Confesses

So, is this the beginning of the end of doping in cycling?
OK, so maybe I'm hoping for too much here, but Giro d’Italia winner Ivan Basso has admitted his part in the Operacion Puerto doping scandal.

Last week Basso quit the Discovery Channel team, which he had joined after departing from CSC last fall. Discovery will not sponsor cycling when its current three-year contract with the team ends this year, and it was fairly obvious that a new sponsor was not going to take on the team with Basso on it.

Basso, 29, was one of more than 50 riders implicated in the affair that broke on the eve of last year's Tour de France.

Until now, he had strenuously denied any wrongdoing.
Of course, don't they all?

"The office of the anti-doping prosecutor has heard news of Ivan Basso today [Monday]. He has, by and large, admitted responsibility regarding Operacion Puerto," the Italian Olympic Committee said in a statement.

The Committee also revealed that Basso had offered his full co-operation in providing authorities with the details of his involvement. He now faces a mandatory two-year ban from the sport, although he could plead for leniency after admitting his guilt and promising to help investigators. Basso could return to the sport young enough to have an positive impact on his ultimate legacy.
Italian cycling federation president Renato di Rocco praised his his fellow Italian for his honesty.

"Ivan has done exactly what everyone asked [Marco] Pantani to do but did not do. I ask you in the name of cycling, do not just leave it at Ivan Basso," he told the Gazzetta dello Sport website.

MORE:
-- Eurosport: Basso Had a Crisis of Conscience
-- AP: Basso Will Not Implicate Others
--Pezcyclingnews: Basso's Cooperation Could Mean Reduced Sentence, Racing in 2008
--Velonews: "...Weight Off His Conscience"
--Cyclingnews.com: Basso Presser Tomorrow
--ROAD Magazine Blog: Discovery Management Reacts

3 comments:

Granny's 30 said...

Gibo has to be laughing somewhere...

Tour of '03 said...

Granny: Please add stories as you come across them.

Granny's 30 said...

for this post?...will do

Monday, May 07, 2007

Basso Confesses

So, is this the beginning of the end of doping in cycling?
OK, so maybe I'm hoping for too much here, but Giro d’Italia winner Ivan Basso has admitted his part in the Operacion Puerto doping scandal.

Last week Basso quit the Discovery Channel team, which he had joined after departing from CSC last fall. Discovery will not sponsor cycling when its current three-year contract with the team ends this year, and it was fairly obvious that a new sponsor was not going to take on the team with Basso on it.

Basso, 29, was one of more than 50 riders implicated in the affair that broke on the eve of last year's Tour de France.

Until now, he had strenuously denied any wrongdoing.
Of course, don't they all?

"The office of the anti-doping prosecutor has heard news of Ivan Basso today [Monday]. He has, by and large, admitted responsibility regarding Operacion Puerto," the Italian Olympic Committee said in a statement.

The Committee also revealed that Basso had offered his full co-operation in providing authorities with the details of his involvement. He now faces a mandatory two-year ban from the sport, although he could plead for leniency after admitting his guilt and promising to help investigators. Basso could return to the sport young enough to have an positive impact on his ultimate legacy.
Italian cycling federation president Renato di Rocco praised his his fellow Italian for his honesty.

"Ivan has done exactly what everyone asked [Marco] Pantani to do but did not do. I ask you in the name of cycling, do not just leave it at Ivan Basso," he told the Gazzetta dello Sport website.

MORE:
-- Eurosport: Basso Had a Crisis of Conscience
-- AP: Basso Will Not Implicate Others
--Pezcyclingnews: Basso's Cooperation Could Mean Reduced Sentence, Racing in 2008
--Velonews: "...Weight Off His Conscience"
--Cyclingnews.com: Basso Presser Tomorrow
--ROAD Magazine Blog: Discovery Management Reacts

3 comments:

Granny's 30 said...

Gibo has to be laughing somewhere...

Tour of '03 said...

Granny: Please add stories as you come across them.

Granny's 30 said...

for this post?...will do