The VeloNews reports that the CAS decision against Alessandro Petacchi has been announced, and he's effectively suspended until August 31:
CAS has ruled that Alessandro Petacchi is ineligble to compete for a period of one year, less two months already served," the court noted in its decision. "Therefore, the period of ineligibilty will run from 1 November, 2007, to 31 August, 2008."
All competitive results obtained by Alessandro Petacchi during the 2007 Giro d'Italia shall be disqualified with all of the resulting consequences including forfeiture of any medals, points and prizes," the court ruled. "Alessandro Petacchi can retain all other competitive results between 23 May 2007 and 31 October 2007, but all competitive results obtained after 31 October 2007, and during the period of ineligibility will be disqualified."
The CyclingNews also cover the Petacchi suspension, plus the positive out of competition doping control for testosterone of Patxi Vila. As CN so eloquently understates:
Testosterone analyses are always problematic, because the parameters for its measurement are difficult to handle, as seen in the cases of Spain's Iban Mayo and USA's Floyd Landis.
The TAS-CAS press release is here, and the full award is here. If you care, save the award -- they vanish off the CAS site after a while.
The Boulder Report discusses Astana's "non-invite" to the Giro. Joe Lindsey also has some questions about Astana's internal anti-doping program.
The Dallas Morning News writes about younger and younger people seeking hip replacement, some of whom have read about Floyd Landis' successful hip resurfacing surgery and thus have chosen to go that route.
Our old "friend" Strider is back at it again impugning Floyd Landis' character, along with that of anyone else on a bike.
Racejunkie has some succinct advice for the Tour de France as she writes about the Giro "seeing the light". The TdF should just listen already. And she pulls up the Phil Ligget O' the Week:
[W]e love Phil Liggett during Sunday's Tour of Romandie coverage, discussing Oscar Pereiro's performance: "Of course, he's going to have to do a lot better than that, if he hopes to win another Tour de France, if indeed he won one in the first place."
OwnMyTeam ranks Landis #7 of 10 on a list of biggest liars in sports history. He forgets the Black Sox.
PBS's "Secrets of the Dead" recently presented "Doping for Gold" a documentary about the East German women athletes who suffered tragedy after taking part in state sponsored steroid doping. It may be viewed on the PBS web site, or it may be broadcast on some stations this week, check your local listings.
Snark O' the Day
An emailer points to this Youtube video of the Petacchi arbs developing their award.
September 07: Hearing Award
October 07: Hue's Hearing Appraisal
November 07: Major document Release
January 08: Larry's Curb Your Anticipation
Tuesday, May 06, 2008