Having difficulty keeping up with the Armstrong doping fallout. Latest (today) is possible links into the team Lampre, dodgy blood values from Liquigas in the Vuelta 2011, and Bruyneel’s future with Team Datsun (i.e. Radioshack Nissan Trek) being decided today. Maybe.
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From within the rarified atmosphere of professional cycling, team managers are surprisingly quiet (keeping their heads down?), and cyclists either tut-tutting or proclaiming that they didn’t see nuffink.
Pat McQuaid / UCI (governing body) have 21 days to either agree with the document and ratify the suspension / removal of results, or go against the anti-doping agencies and take it to CAS (the Court for Arbitration in Sport). Unlikely, considering the fingers pointed in their direction, and the accusations of them trying to support Armstrong in the face of overwhelming evidence, when they are supposed to be independent.
Oh, and the insurance company that paid out $12m (including $9.5m to cover win bonus payments directly to Armstrong for 2001, 2002, 2003 and 2004) are awaiting developments. If the removal of results is ratified, he didn’t win those tours, therefore the money shouldn’t have been paid out. They lost a court case when they refused to pay out for the 2004 win, accusing him of not being clean when he won. I expect they’ll be speaking to their lawyers soon.
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