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Astana equiment discovery update?

May 7, 2009
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Does anyone know what (if anything) is happening with the case relating to blood transfusion equipment found in Astana’s hotel room during last year’s tour? It appears from the lack of updates that this whole thing must be blowing over?
 
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Deagol said:
Does anyone know what (if anything) is happening with the case relating to blood transfusion equipment found in Astana’s hotel room during last year’s tour? It appears from the lack of updates that this whole thing must be blowing over?

JB admitted it was sold on E-Bay;)
 
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bianchigirl said:
Ongoing - and almost certainly linking in to Fed investigation...

I hope you are right.
The reason I posted this question in the first place is that no one seems to be talking about it anymore.

Also, there does seem to be a double-standard here where not all the Astana team members from last year (including and especially AC) are not being “called out” (for lack of a better term) for their potential involvement in this. The laws should be applied evenly to everyone: AC, LA, LL, anyone involved.
Another thing that brings this up is that there is such an ignorance of the other evidence against LA here in the US, as evidenced by readers on non-cycling websites who read the new crop of stories about the Landis-gate investigation and then they post statements like “he is the most tested athlete in history and has never tested positive” stuff. It seems as if these people know nothing of the history of all this and heard that claim in some Nike commercial and carry it on like gospel. The USA Today article comments are a great example. I just wish that some of this other info would reach the mainstream American media so these B.S. claims would start to erode. After actually dedicating time to research and learn about the history behind this (prompted by a family member with cancer) and contrasting that with this P.R. juggernaut comprised of Bob Roll, Phil & Paul, and even the two guys on Velocenter, there appears to be a huge dichotomy. I can’t believe that anyone so into cycling as to have a career in cycling journalism as the above mentioned people could not also be aware of all these other aspects of this saga. How could they not be torn by consistently presenting an image to the public that is so intentionally one-sided?
 
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Deagol said:
I hope you are right.

Also, there does seem to be a double-standard here where not all the Astana team members from last year (including and especially AC)

I think the general consensus is that since there were 7 unique DNA profiles, the kits belongs to everyone except LL and AC. LL because he went home, and AC because there's no way he would have taken a bottled water from the team management last year, yet alone a needle. If he was preparing last year, it certainly wasn't via the team.
 
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131313 said:
I think the general consensus is that since there were 7 unique DNA profiles, the kits belongs to everyone except LL and AC. LL because he went home, and AC because there's no way he would have taken a bottled water from the team management last year, yet alone a needle. If he was preparing last year, it certainly wasn't via the team.

Hmm, that is plausible, I suppose..
Still would like to see the resolution of this.
 
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Deagol said:
Does anyone know what (if anything) is happening with the case relating to blood transfusion equipment found in Astana’s hotel room during last year’s tour? It appears from the lack of updates that this whole thing must be blowing over?

Deagol,

Evidently, I missed out on this story.


Can you share what you heard?

Ie, who found the stuff, what all did they find, and who's room was it in, etc?


Thanks!
 
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Here's at least part of the reason

". . . but linking the evidence to individual riders would rely upon the UCI sharing its blood profile data with the French authorities."
 
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powerste said:
". . . but linking the evidence to individual riders would rely upon the UCI sharing its blood profile data with the French authorities."
I assume there are legal difficulties with this, or is it just another sad example of UCI unwilling to help the French anti doping authority?

Didn't the Italians get Valverde in a similar way? What did they do that the French can not?
 

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