He would likely have been Contador's 2nd best domestique in the mountains behind Pantano, so not meaningless at all.Valv.Piti said:Zubeldia will probably have no problem with this. Cardoso would be a pretty meaningless mountain domestique anyways in this race, so no harm.
TL;DR: I'm clean bla bla bla I'm cleanToday, I received notification from the UCI that my A Sample, from a urine test done at my home on June 18th, tested positive for Erythropoietin. I have requested to the UCI that my B sample be tested as soon as possible.
Getting the chance to ride at the pinnacle of professional cycling is the greatest honor I could ever hope for, and I was looking forward to doing my best for my team and myself at the Tour. I believe in clean sport and have always conducted myself as a clean athlete, but I realize that this news puts a dark cloud on not just myself but also on our sport and my team, teammates and staff. Before anything else, those people are my friends and colleagues for whom I have unlimited respect, and under no circumstances would I ever do something that could put them, their families or their reputations in jeopardy.
I am fully aware that I will be presumed to be guilty, but it's important to me to say that I am devastated by this news and I wanted to state that I have never taken any illegal substances. I've seen firsthand through my career the awful effects that performance enhancing drugs have had on our sport, and I would never want to be a part of that. I've always tried to be a constructive influence in the peloton and on young, aspiring cyclists. It is my great hope that the B sample will come back as negative and clear me of any wrongdoing.
Until then, I hope that those who know me, trust me when I say that I'm innocent, and that my colleagues and cycling fans everywhere don't judge me too quickly during this difficult time.
Im pretty sure both Felline and Mollema will be of more use, Cardoso is basically just a follower in case of a mechanical, very equal to Jesus Hernandez.LaFlorecita said:He would likely have been Contador's 2nd best domestique in the mountains behind Pantano, so not meaningless at all.Valv.Piti said:Zubeldia will probably have no problem with this. Cardoso would be a pretty meaningless mountain domestique anyways in this race, so no harm.
I'm happy for Zubeldia, but he's not going to be as valuable as Cardoso, not even close.
2nd time one of Contador's most important domestiques gets popped just before the Tour. Coincidence?
pushing the boundaries is the case. Maybe he and his doctor got crossed lines in what dosage he should be taking? and it happened at an unfortunate time of a test. His timing couldn't have been worse.DFA123 said:Wow, what kind of WT rider gets busted for EPO these days?
Perhaps thought he would be OK pushing the boundaries a bit on the back of an altitude camp in Tenerife.