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IndianCyclist said:
The end of Bahrain Merida team due to Slovenian links?
The Erzan allegations are pretty damaging, on the face of it. Not only for Bahrain/Merida but also -- potentially, it must be said -- for any Slovenian pro who may have worked with him, including one who happens to be the favorite to win a certain bike race in Italy...
 
Two years on the naughty step for a retired rider might seem a bit pointless to some, but rule 1.1.006 turns that into a lifetime ban from any activity in the sport that requires a UCI licence, from DS to agent.
 
This is why some athletes will deny, deny, deny 'till their deathbed (and beyond). Admit something and it gets used in court:
https://www.cyclingnews.com/news/preidler-charged-with-fraud-in-operation-aderlass-doping-inquiry/

Also, has this Danish study mentioned at the end of the article been discussed in these pages before?
"A 2018 Danish study showed that a mere 135ml autologous transfusion could provide an athlete with detectable performance gains while likely falling short of triggering further examinations of the biological passport values."
 
I wonder if Sunweb's "We might sue him" is just posturing? I mean, wouldn't that be a big risk by the team--if Preidler is in the position of having to defend himself, he might spill the goods on other team members & support staff? Or is the omerta too strong for that?
 
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This is really disgusting, honestly. A domestique in WT gets slashed by his former teammates, squad just for doing what 90% of the peloton does, while other top riders who have been caught red-handed (Valverde, Contador and so on) get by with your average two year suspension and return winning and reaching even higher ceilings.

And let's not forget about Sky...
 
This is really disgusting, honestly. A domestique in WT gets slashed by his former teammates, squad just for doing what 90% of the peloton does, while other top riders who have been caught red-handed (Valverde, Contador and so on) get by with your average two year suspension and return winning and reaching even higher ceilings.

And let's not forget about Sky...
It is really infuriating to me. Let's bully him and make him a pariah and maybe he'll be the next Santambrogio :mad:
 
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Some interesting bits in MPCC's recent communications with UCI arising from Aderlass and detailing modern doping techniques, including use of AICAR and the evolution of blood transfusion practices. Haven't actually seen full letter as my AV software is saying there's something dodge about the MPCC's website (mpcc.fr - it appears to have been hacked), so this is from the CN story on it:
The Movement For Credible Cycling (MPCC) - the association of teams, riders, races and sponsors that work together against doping in professional cycling, have called on the UCI to carry out blood test much closer to the start and finishes of races to help fight what it describes as a 'doping mafia protocol' that operates outside of normal team set-ups.

The MPCC suspects athletes may somehow escape detection by transfusing blood into their bodies in the morning and then extracting the blood soon after the finish of races.

The MPCC also called on the UCI to do more out-of-competition blood tests when riders can potentially take out blood for future transfusions as they start a break from racing. They also called for test for plastics in blood samples to indicate possible blood transfusions and to investigate the use of powders, possibly the banned performance-enhancing substance AICAR (an experimental drug), in drinks in the final part of the stages.
This is based on info given to Marc Madiot and Iwan Spekenbrink by Georg Preidler.

UCI's response is a bit snotty and feels more like a salvo in the latest skirmishes between Aigle and the teams:
Lappartient revealed that the CADF carried out 5,307 blood tests in 2017 and 5,585 in 2018 as part of the Biological Passport programme with targeted tests given a preference. He said any increase would depend on an increase in the CADF's budget.
 

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