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Tuesday 11, Jun 2013

  Armstrong Calls Di Luca ‘Stupid’ For Positive Test

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Armstrong Calls Di Luca ‘Stupid’ For Positive Test

The first major race of cycling since the end of the Lance Armstrong case was rattled by another high-profile positive doping test with former Giro d’Italia winner Danilo Di Luca testing positive for EPO in a surprise check at his home before this year’s race.

Di Luca risks a lifetime ban since this is his third offence if the same is confirmed in a backup “B” sample. Di Luca said upon leaving his team’s hotel in northern Italy that he was not expecting the test and it was a surprise for him and he is disappointed. Luca added that he will be asking for the backup analysis. The test on Di Luca was carried out April 29, five days before the Giro started.

The positive test of Luca surprised Lance Armstrong who said on twitter, “really Di Luca? Are you that … stupid??”

This is the second doping case from this year’s Giro d’Italia after French rider Sylvain Georges tested positive for the banned stimulant Heptaminol in a urine sample after the seventh stage after which he was immediately withdrawn from the race.

Di Luca has been provisionally suspended by the UCI, the governing body of cycling, pending a hearing with the Italian cycling federation and the Vini Fantini-Selle Italia squad fired the 37-year-old Italian rider. Giro race director Mauro Vegni said Danilo has betrayed cycling once again and added that he is happy he was not a young rider. Vegni also remarked that Danilo belongs to a generation that has navigated through the doping system.

The test result of Di Luca drew a harsh rebuke from Vini Fantini team director Luca Scinto who said Di Luca is an idiot and he never wanted him and added that Di Luca is sick and he needs to be helped. Di Luca signed with Vini Fantini on April 26 after seemingly headed for retirement just a few months ago. Vini Fantini team director and others were against hiring him but sponsors eventually prevailed. Scinto added that the sponsors chose Luca and now they’ve got to take responsibility and the team is now considering the option of suing Di Luca for damaging its image.

This Giro d’Italia saw Di Luca departing in 26th place overall, 33 minutes, 33 seconds behind overall leader Vincenzo Nibali. After the test result was announced, Italian cycling federation president Renato Di Rocco called for the most severe punishment and we can put out there all the prevention instruments we want — both in terms of informing and testing — but we are weaponless when faced with stupidity and Di Luca has especially betrayed the new generation of cyclists that are restoring the credibility and image of Italian cycling.

The cyclist was given a ban of three months after winning the 2007 Giro and saw his name getting embroiled into controversy later in the year for frequent visits to Carlo Santuccione, a physician at the centre of a four-year doping investigation titled Oil for Drugs. Di Luca was stripped of his second-place finish and two stage wins in the 2009 Giro.

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Monday 26, Nov 2012

  Ban On Armstrong Just The Start, Says USADA

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Ban On Armstrong Just The Start, Says USADA

A full and independent investigation into doping in cycling has been called by the United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) in the wake of the Lance Armstrong scandal.

The anti-doping agency banned the 41-year-old Texan rider for life and stripped him of his seven Tour de France titles after saying it had exposed him as a drug cheat welcomed ratification of its sanctions against the cyclist and USADA chief executive Travis Tygart said in a statement that the UCI made the right decision in the Lance Armstrong case.

Tygart said USADA is glad that the governing body of cycling finally reversed course in this case and has made the credible decision available to it despite its prior opposition to USADA’s investigation into doping on the U.S. Postal Service cycling team and within the sport. He added that imposing a life ban on the cyclist was not the end of the problem because the investigation of USADA showed that doping was rife in professional cycling.

The United States Anti-Doping Agency banned Armstrong for life and stripped of seven Tour de France titles between 1999 and 2005 for doping. USADA labelled Armstrong a “serial” cheat and that he had led the most sophisticated, professionalized and successful doping program that sport has ever seen. After this, the International Cycling Union (UCI) accepted the USADA findings into systematic doping.

In the Lance Armstrong doping case, more than two dozen witnesses provided testimony in the case and a handful of teammates confessed to cheating of their own but USADA chief said that was just the tip of the iceberg and added that it is important that an independent and meaningful Truth and Reconciliation Commission be established so that cycling can fully unshackle itself from the past and truly move forward and for the world to know what went on in cycling. Tygart further added that there are many more details of doping that are hidden, many more doping doctors, and corrupt team directors and the omerta has not yet been fully broken and despite the fact that today is a historic day for clean sport, it does not mean clean sport is guaranteed for tomorrow.

Meanwhile, double Olympic gold medalist Geraint Thomas says the Lance Armstrong doping scandal will be helpful in cleaning up the sport in the long run. Thomas, who won team pursuit gold at the Beijing and London Olympics, admits the scandal has tarnished cycling but says the sport is now cleaning up its act and cycling has to move on from the Armstrong affair. The 26-year-old is a member of Team Sky, which has a zero-tolerance approach to drugs and the staff of Sky have been asked to sign a statement that they have had no previous involvement in doping. Thomas, who has returned to road cycling following his track triumph at London 2012, said it is sad to see cycling getting dragged through the dirt again and said it is time to learn from it and move on at the same time and keep pushing forward like we have done the last few years.

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