Yahoo Sports reports something that might go into the "incredible irony folder"as it seems Ivan Basso will be the new anti-doping spokesman for the UCI. Pat McQuaid speaks:
"He has made a mistake," McQuaid said. "He has paid. I believe he will interpret this role to the best of his ability, for us and for the Italian cycling federation."
Racejunkie comments on Lampre's practically unprecedented support for positive testosterone tested rider Paxti Vila, while poor "non-cheat" cheat Alessandro Petacchi, who should be depressed, gets the fuzzy end of the "team support stick". And, Andreas Kloden for Astana captian? Andreas who?
The noise from Vila is so far unintelligible to us. He's claiming a "mild variation", but doesn't say variation of what, and he certainly got the information in his A sample report. Is this a T/E violation, or a CIR violation? He's not saying, and what he is saying suggests he's as clueless as Landis was the day of his first press conference -- and that is hard to fathom now that there is so much information about testosterone testing and sample reports available.
He says, "some parameter related to testosterone did not correspond to the levels defined by the UCI", but doesn't say what parameter, and the UCI doesn't define any of the limits, it is WADA, so he's 0-for-2 there.
If it's a claimed T/E violation, and no positive CIR, and the ratio is 6:1, with no longitudinal study support, then this is another travesty.
September 07: Hearing Award
October 07: Hue's Hearing Appraisal
November 07: Major document Release
January 08: Larry's Curb Your Anticipation
Wednesday, May 07, 2008