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Breaking News Contador May Quit

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uspostal said:
I hope the little baby takes his tricycle and goes home !!! It would be the best thing for cycling overall. Stop crying and take it like the man you say you are, you doped and got caught man up !!! Ya like that will ever happen with him. Soon I'm sure it'll be Frank Schleck that brought his steak to him.

can't wait to see the 180 when your guy get popped
 

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What is Pistelero going to do get into cattle ranching? How bout he buys a spread next to Lances spread so that he can share his stench with mellow johnny.
 

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Sad thing is, he may be innocent.

Still it gives the squawkers on here another thing to chirp on about. Now they get to flick between AC and LA threads just copy and paste.
 
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JMBeaushrimp said:
Honestly, the timing in regards to LA and his goat-show does seem a little suspect. Especially since AC didn't REALLY come up with a positive (where's his TUE for asthma?).

Yes - I wonder what suddently made the german lab leak their test results to the press at this exact moment...
 
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Id really like to see that Eurosport ad where Contador arrives in the back of that warehouse to get his saddle, but instead when he opens the wrapping there are slices of meat & he looks up & smiles.:)

Cue the Rock guitars, da da da diddle diddle diddle da da da .........
 
Sticking on topic, I don't see him quitting, even if faced with a 2 year suspension. This may only be a "take my ball and go play at home" moment.

Then again, while I think he's culpable to some degree, and this is mostly a show at this point, I don't think he'll face a full suspension. I just don't see it. I think the UCI is just trying to find the right wording to make this some sort of irrelevant, "ancillary" doping infraction, and suspend him for 6-12 months or so, but not strip him of his Tour title. And he won't quit over that.
 
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Alpe d'Huez said:
... I don't think he'll face a full suspension. I just don't see it. I think the UCI is just trying to find the right wording to make this some sort of irrelevant, "ancillary" doping infraction...

Actually, I think you are right, I think they are trying to find the way to let him off.

Thinking back they gave Jan Ullrich 6 months for out of competition use of amphetamines, and Boonen was forced out of the Tour for out of competition use of cocaine.

The big problem for Contador is that his "positive" doping test was IN competition, and it was for an agent that has anabolic and other performance enhancing activities. If it were an out of competition test, no problem, give him 6 months. If it were marijuana, in competition, no problem, give him 6 months.

But, in competition for a proven perfromance enhancing agent, no matter how low the concentration (remember Garzelli got 9 months and booted from the Giro for probenecid, even though probenecid has no performance enhancing effects).

In the end, they are walking a fine line trying to figure out how to make this doping positive go away without letting a clear doping control positive go unpunished.
 
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SpartacusRox said:
Sad thing is, he may be innocent.

Still it gives the squawkers on here another thing to chirp on about. Now they get to flick between AC and LA threads just copy and paste.

Sad thing is, he may be guilty.
 
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flicker said:
What is Pistelero going to do get into cattle ranching? How bout he buys a spread next to Lances spread so that he can share his stench with mellow johnny.

Yeah, he is going to supply the whole peloton with contaminated meat to prove he was victimized.
 
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Squares said:
But, in competition for a proven perfromance enhancing agent, no matter how low the concentration (remember Garzelli got 9 months and booted from the Giro for probenecid, even though probenecid has no performance enhancing effects).

that could be the precedent- i was thinking 9 months backdated could be good timing for the 2011 tour
 
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Yes clearly the UCI are trying to find a way out. However the longer they leave it the stronger the opposition becomes.

Roll on a two year ban from August. But think we will want to come back - the money would still be good. His "threat" to quit is just a wee boys sulk.

However if they go back far enough with his tests and take some of the other results away as well - but that is in my dreams. Paris Nice, a few Tours hmmm not much left really.
 
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that could be the precedent- i was thinking 9 months backdated could be good timing for the 2011 tour
The problem here is the emerging evidence of blood doping and that is certainly going to be punished to the full extent of the current law because that is super enhancing! I'd add 2 years for lying, but that's probably just me.

Actually there used to be a 2 year non-pro Team rule, but it was never enforced.
 
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HL2037 said:
Yes - I wonder what suddently made the german lab leak their test results to the press at this exact moment...

His "I'm innocent!" press conference?






Anyway. If he quits, will he be known as a Spanish "Con-quits-tador"?

*ba-dum-tsch!*

Thanks for coming, ladies and gents... Don't forget to try the veal!
 
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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Conquistador
 
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Sad thing is that this is the cleanest he has ever looked at the TDF. No ridiculous TT, he had an equal in the mountains, and he actually struggled at times.

I don't see how they can let the '10 TDF Yellow Jersey stand with all the uncertainty, but I'd be fine with a six month suspension back dated to the time of the infraction.

Let him ride, but don't allow winners who fail in race tests.
 
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Squares said:
Actually, I think you are right, I think they are trying to find the way to let him off.

Thinking back they gave Jan Ullrich 6 months for out of competition use of amphetamines, and Boonen was forced out of the Tour for out of competition use of cocaine.

The big problem for Contador is that his "positive" doping test was IN competition, and it was for an agent that has anabolic and other performance enhancing activities. If it were an out of competition test, no problem, give him 6 months. If it were marijuana, in competition, no problem, give him 6 months.

But, in competition for a proven perfromance enhancing agent, no matter how low the concentration (remember Garzelli got 9 months and booted from the Giro for probenecid, even though probenecid has no performance enhancing effects).

In the end, they are walking a fine line trying to figure out how to make this doping positive go away without letting a clear doping control positive go unpunished.

Don't forget the blood doping on top of the clen positive, in competition.
 
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Alberto thinks he's got some sort of "stroke" in the cycling world because of his Grand Tour victories and deserves special treatment. Cycling needs to make an example of Contador to show the sports world they're serious about doping, anything less and they put the existence of the sport of cycling in jeopardy. The evidence is piling up, and Contador wants quick resolution before anymore bad things hit the airwave, but he's in deep trouble as is the Spanish Federation.