3.29.2012

Team doping by Lampre?

On today Gazzetta there is a long article saying so. You can read the story in English here: http://www.cyclingnews.com/news/32-named-in-mantova-investigation-to-learn-if-they-will-go-on-trial  
The Mantova investigators decided to go on and so now a long legal iter starts. Riders will probably keep on racing because nobody tested positive in a doping control but evidences are heavy and judges didn't believe to the defence. Those are the names: "Alessandro Ballan (BMC), Damiano Cunego (Lampre-ISD), Marco Bandiera (Omega-Quick Step), Marzio Bruseghin (Movistar), Mauro Da Dalto (Liquigas-Cannondale), Manuele Mori (Lampre-ISD), Massimiliano Mori (formerly of Lampre) Daniele Pietropolli (Lampre-ISD), Simone Ponzi (Astana), Mauro Santambrogio (BMC) and Michael Rasmussen (Christina Watches). Others on the list are Lampre-ISD manager Beppe Saronni, directeurs sportifs Fabrizio Bontempi and Maurizio Piovani, and former professional Mariano Piccoli." 
Personally I am not surprised by the news itself but sorry to see Simone Ponzi in this list. He's a good young guy. Doping always leaves a bitter taste in your mouth, moreover when people you like and trusted are involved. But team doping is something different from individual doping: the single rider is just a part in a system, he's forced to conform. I don't mean he isn't guilty because as Hegel says "Nobody is forced without he allows to be forced". Nerverthless it takes more to decide something than to accept it. To refuse it require guts, selfconfidence, a strong character. I know a very promising rider who stoped because he refused to dope. Honestly I think he made a mistake because as a talented rider you have the right to race clean and you should let nobody stop you. 
Lampre case regards 2008/2009. I firmly believe things are changing. So I want to say that's a good news for cycling even if an hard one.

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