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ontheroad said:
Tony Martin was one of the few riders in the peloton who spoke out on the Froome case:


I’m totally angry. In the case of Christopher Froome, it is definitely a double standard. Other athletes are immediately suspended after a positive test. He and his team were given time by the UCI to explain themselves. I do not know of any similar cases in the recent past. This is a scandal, and he should at least not have been allowed to appear in the World Championships.

“For me and the public there is immediately the impression that there are agreements going on behind the scenes, agreements are being made and ways are being sought as to how to get out of this case. Do he and his team enjoy a special status?

“These actions lead to the serious anti-doping struggle that I and riders like Marcel Kittel are leading. We need a consistent and transparent approach by the UCI. What is going on here is inconsistent, not transparent, unprofessional and unfair.”


Compare this with the wishy washy language of practically the entire pelotonand then you question why it is omerta at play?
Tony has the right to an opinion. Matters little ... but fair enough.

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ontheroad said:
Tony Martin was one of the few riders in the peloton who spoke out on the Froome case:


I’m totally angry. In the case of Christopher Froome, it is definitely a double standard. Other athletes are immediately suspended after a positive test. He and his team were given time by the UCI to explain themselves. I do not know of any similar cases in the recent past. This is a scandal, and he should at least not have been allowed to appear in the World Championships.

“For me and the public there is immediately the impression that there are agreements going on behind the scenes, agreements are being made and ways are being sought as to how to get out of this case. Do he and his team enjoy a special status?

“These actions lead to the serious anti-doping struggle that I and riders like Marcel Kittel are leading. We need a consistent and transparent approach by the UCI. What is going on here is inconsistent, not transparent, unprofessional and unfair.”


Compare this with the wishy washy language of practically the entire pelotonand then you question why it is omerta at play?
Is that the Tony Martin who scored a 7 on the UCI Biopassport suspicion list?

Same score as Michael Rogers...
 
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macbindle said:
ontheroad said:
Tony Martin was one of the few riders in the peloton who spoke out on the Froome case:


I’m totally angry. In the case of Christopher Froome, it is definitely a double standard. Other athletes are immediately suspended after a positive test. He and his team were given time by the UCI to explain themselves. I do not know of any similar cases in the recent past. This is a scandal, and he should at least not have been allowed to appear in the World Championships.

“For me and the public there is immediately the impression that there are agreements going on behind the scenes, agreements are being made and ways are being sought as to how to get out of this case. Do he and his team enjoy a special status?

“These actions lead to the serious anti-doping struggle that I and riders like Marcel Kittel are leading. We need a consistent and transparent approach by the UCI. What is going on here is inconsistent, not transparent, unprofessional and unfair.”


Compare this with the wishy washy language of practically the entire pelotonand then you question why it is omerta at play?
Is that the Tony Martin who scored a 7 on the UCI Biopassport suspicion list?

Same score as Michael Rogers...
Bit isnt contesting a doping violation like the Dawg. Yes, thats the Tony Martin.
 
I know it is. It was a rhetorical question posed for dramatic effect. :)

What is worse, being at the top end of the UCI suspicion list, with a score so high it was considered as indicative of almost certain doping...or having had too many puffs on an asthma inhaler with no evidence of any clear performance enhancing effects???

Tony Martin is butt-hurt because Froome has beaten him st his own games (TT and doping)
 
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macbindle said:
I know it is. It was a rhetorical question posed for dramatic effect. :)

What is worse, being at the top end of the UCI suspicion list, with a score so high it was considered as indicative of almost certain doping...or having had too many puffs on an asthma inhaler with no evidence of any clear performance enhancing effects???

Tony Martin is butt-hurt because Froome has beaten him st his own games (TT and doping)
You are probably correct, however I raised Tony Martin's comments not to suggest that he was some sort of lone anti doping crusader from within the peloton but merely to highlight the omerta that prevails within it when it comes to the relative silence and shrugging of the shoulders elsewhere.
 
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ontheroad said:
Escarabajo said:
ontheroad said:
Yes, Hinault is a complete hypocrite calling for a strike. He states that the peloton are 'too nice' in not calling Froome out. That's just a joke, it's just omerta pure and simple.

Hinault has no right to take a moral stance in this case and I think he is simply more worried about his own achievement of winning 5 tours being threatened.
I agree with you about the motor use in your post above. We don't know the extent of it.

But please tell me, why is it omerta? (not challenging you, just that I thought it was all the contrary)

And IMHO he has the right to say anything he wants to. It is not illegal. He probably is too late to speak about this topic, but he can say whatever he wants to. In fact I prefer him talking like this than being quiet.
Apart from Tony Martin, Bardet and some initial comments from Dumoulin and Nibali (both of those later watered down their original comments) the rest of the peloton have either said nothing or uttered banalaties such as 'it is what it is' or 'we trust in the process'.

If you're a genuinely clean athlete with nothing to hide then it is extremely curious as to why this silence has prevailed, I thought it would be fairly easy to join the dots. It has rarely ever been any different.
I think Dumoulin has said he's stayed out of it after his initial comments because he gets hassle of journalists and basically can't be bothered with it.

Not everyone wants or needs to go on the record about things that don't directly affect them. It would perhaps be nice if they would but I can understand why many don't want to get involved.
 
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ontheroad said:
macbindle said:
I know it is. It was a rhetorical question posed for dramatic effect. :)

What is worse, being at the top end of the UCI suspicion list, with a score so high it was considered as indicative of almost certain doping...or having had too many puffs on an asthma inhaler with no evidence of any clear performance enhancing effects???

Tony Martin is butt-hurt because Froome has beaten him st his own games (TT and doping)
You are probably correct, however I raised Tony Martin's comments not to suggest that he was some sort of lone anti doping crusader from within the peloton but merely to highlight the omerta that prevails within it when it comes to the relative silence and shrugging of the shoulders elsewhere.
Omerta ... aka ... STFU ... what's so difficult to understand about that? Seriously?

One of the best learned skills to have guided men and women through wars, marriages and team work. You (no, not you, OTR :) ) don't like it? ... then don't expect to gain trust when you might need it
 
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ontheroad said:
Tony Martin was one of the few riders in the peloton who spoke out on the Froome case:


I’m totally angry. In the case of Christopher Froome, it is definitely a double standard. Other athletes are immediately suspended after a positive test. He and his team were given time by the UCI to explain themselves. I do not know of any similar cases in the recent past. This is a scandal, and he should at least not have been allowed to appear in the World Championships.

“For me and the public there is immediately the impression that there are agreements going on behind the scenes, agreements are being made and ways are being sought as to how to get out of this case. Do he and his team enjoy a special status?

“These actions lead to the serious anti-doping struggle that I and riders like Marcel Kittel are leading. We need a consistent and transparent approach by the UCI. What is going on here is inconsistent, not transparent, unprofessional and unfair.”


Compare this with the wishy washy language of practically the entire pelotonand then you question why it is omerta at play?
We should also remember Martin's follow up. where he acknowledged he knew *** all about the rules he said were not being applied properly:
I received a lot of feedback about my comment of yesterday. I even got a phone call from a UCI’s representative who took the time to clarify how the process had been handled. I now understand that the UCI is managing this case in accordance with the rules and that Chris Froome did not get any special treatment. According to the rules, in a case involving a specified substance, every athlete shall have the chance to explain whether the numbers can be due to natural causes.

That said, I am always very angry when another case in relation to antidoping happened in our sport. I will, as I always did, continue to take a strong position regarding the fight against doping and I will always remain an outspoken advocate for a 100% clean sport.
 
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macbindle said:
ontheroad said:
Tony Martin was one of the few riders in the peloton who spoke out on the Froome case:


I’m totally angry. In the case of Christopher Froome, it is definitely a double standard. Other athletes are immediately suspended after a positive test. He and his team were given time by the UCI to explain themselves. I do not know of any similar cases in the recent past. This is a scandal, and he should at least not have been allowed to appear in the World Championships.

“For me and the public there is immediately the impression that there are agreements going on behind the scenes, agreements are being made and ways are being sought as to how to get out of this case. Do he and his team enjoy a special status?

“These actions lead to the serious anti-doping struggle that I and riders like Marcel Kittel are leading. We need a consistent and transparent approach by the UCI. What is going on here is inconsistent, not transparent, unprofessional and unfair.”


Compare this with the wishy washy language of practically the entire pelotonand then you question why it is omerta at play?
Is that the Tony Martin who scored a 7 on the UCI Biopassport suspicion list?

Same score as Michael Rogers...
Surely that expert status qualifies
rather than disqualifies his opinion
 
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Alpe73 said:
ontheroad said:
macbindle said:
I know it is. It was a rhetorical question posed for dramatic effect. :)

What is worse, being at the top end of the UCI suspicion list, with a score so high it was considered as indicative of almost certain doping...or having had too many puffs on an asthma inhaler with no evidence of any clear performance enhancing effects???

Tony Martin is butt-hurt because Froome has beaten him st his own games (TT and doping)
You are probably correct, however I raised Tony Martin's comments not to suggest that he was some sort of lone anti doping crusader from within the peloton but merely to highlight the omerta that prevails within it when it comes to the relative silence and shrugging of the shoulders elsewhere.
Omerta ... aka ... STFU ... what's so difficult to understand about that? Seriously?

One of the best learned skills to have guided men and women through wars, marriages and team work. You (no, not you, OTR :) ) don't like it? ... then don't expect to gain trust when you might need it
So let's say you are Nibali/Dumoulin or whoever and you are riding clean but the rider who finished one step ahead of you in a Grand Tour has fallen foul of a doping infraction (thus cheating you out of a GT victory) you are seriously suggesting that you should just remain silent and accept it. If you genuinely feel as though you have been cheated out of something then surely the natural reaction is to see justice restored I would have thought.

Or maybe as you suggest everyone should just ditch entirely the justice system and do as you suggest and 'shut the fcuk up' and let the world be a happier place!!

''The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.'' Edmund Burke
 
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fmk_RoI said:
ontheroad said:
Tony Martin was one of the few riders in the peloton who spoke out on the Froome case:


I’m totally angry. In the case of Christopher Froome, it is definitely a double standard. Other athletes are immediately suspended after a positive test. He and his team were given time by the UCI to explain themselves. I do not know of any similar cases in the recent past. This is a scandal, and he should at least not have been allowed to appear in the World Championships.

“For me and the public there is immediately the impression that there are agreements going on behind the scenes, agreements are being made and ways are being sought as to how to get out of this case. Do he and his team enjoy a special status?

“These actions lead to the serious anti-doping struggle that I and riders like Marcel Kittel are leading. We need a consistent and transparent approach by the UCI. What is going on here is inconsistent, not transparent, unprofessional and unfair.”


Compare this with the wishy washy language of practically the entire pelotonand then you question why it is omerta at play?
We should also remember Martin's follow up. where he acknowledged he knew **** all about the rules he said were not being applied properly:
I received a lot of feedback about my comment of yesterday. I even got a phone call from a UCI’s representative who took the time to clarify how the process had been handled. I now understand that the UCI is managing this case in accordance with the rules and that Chris Froome did not get any special treatment. According to the rules, in a case involving a specified substance, every athlete shall have the chance to explain whether the numbers can be due to natural causes.

That said, I am always very angry when another case in relation to antidoping happened in our sport. I will, as I always did, continue to take a strong position regarding the fight against doping and I will always remain an outspoken advocate for a 100% clean sport.
Indeed, the UCI only became concerned when Martin criticised their own procedures and made accusations of favouritism. Prabably a thinly veiled warning to other riders to zip it.
 
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macbindle said:
ontheroad said:
Tony Martin was one of the few riders in the peloton who spoke out on the Froome case:


I’m totally angry. In the case of Christopher Froome, it is definitely a double standard. Other athletes are immediately suspended after a positive test. He and his team were given time by the UCI to explain themselves. I do not know of any similar cases in the recent past. This is a scandal, and he should at least not have been allowed to appear in the World Championships.

“For me and the public there is immediately the impression that there are agreements going on behind the scenes, agreements are being made and ways are being sought as to how to get out of this case. Do he and his team enjoy a special status?

“These actions lead to the serious anti-doping struggle that I and riders like Marcel Kittel are leading. We need a consistent and transparent approach by the UCI. What is going on here is inconsistent, not transparent, unprofessional and unfair.”


Compare this with the wishy washy language of practically the entire pelotonand then you question why it is omerta at play?
Is that the Tony Martin who scored a 7 on the UCI Biopassport suspicion list?

Same score as Michael Rogers...
What on earth does that have to do with it? His complaint is a lack of transparency and apparent favoritism, not "Froome is the only one doping". One can disagree with his points for various reasons but saying "he's a doper, don't listen to him" is utterly irrelevant.
 
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ontheroad said:
Alpe73 said:
ontheroad said:
macbindle said:
I know it is. It was a rhetorical question posed for dramatic effect. :)

What is worse, being at the top end of the UCI suspicion list, with a score so high it was considered as indicative of almost certain doping...or having had too many puffs on an asthma inhaler with no evidence of any clear performance enhancing effects???

Tony Martin is butt-hurt because Froome has beaten him st his own games (TT and doping)
You are probably correct, however I raised Tony Martin's comments not to suggest that he was some sort of lone anti doping crusader from within the peloton but merely to highlight the omerta that prevails within it when it comes to the relative silence and shrugging of the shoulders elsewhere.
Omerta ... aka ... STFU ... what's so difficult to understand about that? Seriously?

One of the best learned skills to have guided men and women through wars, marriages and team work. You (no, not you, OTR :) ) don't like it? ... then don't expect to gain trust when you might need it
So let's say you are Nibali/Dumoulin or whoever and you are riding clean but the rider who finished one step ahead of you in a Grand Tour has fallen foul of a doping infraction (thus cheating you out of a GT victory) you are seriously suggesting that you should just remain silent and accept it. If you genuinely feel as though you have been cheated out of something then surely the natural reaction is to see justice restored I would have thought.

Or maybe as you suggest everyone should just ditch entirely the justice system and do as you suggest and 'shut the fcuk up' and let the world be a happier place!!

''The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.'' Edmund Burke
They are a fraternity of athletes, a fraternity of workers, a fraternity of employees ... to name a few characteristics of established bonds. Job security, income security is weak ... for a host of reasons. Earning potential ends at a very young age in comparison to the rest of the population. As pro athletes, most are low on the ladder of gross incomes. Not an easy life. Brutally tough sport ... the grand tour idea created as a gag to push riders to the brink of collapse. Within that milieu, some may ask for secrecy, strict confidence.You decide if you'll give it ... you consider that someday you will need it. It is clearly a different system from where you sit. Is it justice? You decide.

As a fan you have a right to think whatever way you want about that. You choose your way and I my way. I can live with that.

The hypothetical scenario you create ... totally clean athlete being robbed by a totally cheating dirty athlete. Of course, I don't condone that hypothetical. Is it happening ... I dunno. There's a lot of dynamics we don't understand from this end of the keyboard ... but we talk tough ... like we know. Good luck on that.

Or maybe as you suggest everyone should just ditch entirely the justice system and do as you suggest and 'shut the fcuk up' and let the world be a happier place!!

Funny. You just made that up. Why would you do that?

On this thread, I'm one of a handful who have advocated (to the jeers of 'fanboi' and more) to reserve judgement until justice has run its course.

Go figger.
 
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macbindle said:
His complaint is underpinned by his own, later acknowledged, lack of understanding of the system.

So that makes him an ignoramus and a hypocrite.
Yes, that argument makes some sense. Hypocrisy? No.

Alpe73 said:
]On this thread, I'm one of a handful who have advocated (to the jeers of 'fanboi' and more) to reserve judgement until justice has run its course.
Do you really not get the difference between a personal judgement and wanting an official investigation to run its course? That one can believe or even be 100% sure that Froome is guilty and also want the system to play out and come what may?
 
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red_flanders said:
macbindle said:
ontheroad said:
Tony Martin was one of the few riders in the peloton who spoke out on the Froome case:


I’m totally angry. In the case of Christopher Froome, it is definitely a double standard. Other athletes are immediately suspended after a positive test. He and his team were given time by the UCI to explain themselves. I do not know of any similar cases in the recent past. This is a scandal, and he should at least not have been allowed to appear in the World Championships.

“For me and the public there is immediately the impression that there are agreements going on behind the scenes, agreements are being made and ways are being sought as to how to get out of this case. Do he and his team enjoy a special status?

“These actions lead to the serious anti-doping struggle that I and riders like Marcel Kittel are leading. We need a consistent and transparent approach by the UCI. What is going on here is inconsistent, not transparent, unprofessional and unfair.”


Compare this with the wishy washy language of practically the entire pelotonand then you question why it is omerta at play?
Is that the Tony Martin who scored a 7 on the UCI Biopassport suspicion list?

Same score as Michael Rogers...
What on earth does that have to do with it? His complaint is a lack of transparency and apparent favoritism, not "Froome is the only one doping". One can disagree with his points for various reasons but saying "he's a doper, don't listen to him" is utterly irrelevant.
What if he is a doper who is attempting to change the perception of himself?

I mean "leading a serious anti-doping struggle"? Who the *** believes that twaddle anyway?
 
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ontheroad said:
Tony Martin was one of the few riders in the peloton who spoke out on the Froome case:


I’m totally angry. In the case of Christopher Froome, it is definitely a double standard. Other athletes are immediately suspended after a positive test. He and his team were given time by the UCI to explain themselves. I do not know of any similar cases in the recent past. This is a scandal, and he should at least not have been allowed to appear in the World Championships.

“For me and the public there is immediately the impression that there are agreements going on behind the scenes, agreements are being made and ways are being sought as to how to get out of this case. Do he and his team enjoy a special status?

“These actions lead to the serious anti-doping struggle that I and riders like Marcel Kittel are leading. We need a consistent and transparent approach by the UCI. What is going on here is inconsistent, not transparent, unprofessional and unfair.”


Compare this with the wishy washy language of practically the entire pelotonand then you question why it is omerta at play?

Greetings to Tony Martin for that brave statement :)

If we only had a hundred of those coming out of the entire Peloton......
 
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hfer07 said:
ontheroad said:
Tony Martin was one of the few riders in the peloton who spoke out on the Froome case:


I’m totally angry. In the case of Christopher Froome, it is definitely a double standard. Other athletes are immediately suspended after a positive test. He and his team were given time by the UCI to explain themselves. I do not know of any similar cases in the recent past. This is a scandal, and he should at least not have been allowed to appear in the World Championships.

“For me and the public there is immediately the impression that there are agreements going on behind the scenes, agreements are being made and ways are being sought as to how to get out of this case. Do he and his team enjoy a special status?

“These actions lead to the serious anti-doping struggle that I and riders like Marcel Kittel are leading. We need a consistent and transparent approach by the UCI. What is going on here is inconsistent, not transparent, unprofessional and unfair.”


Compare this with the wishy washy language of practically the entire pelotonand then you question why it is omerta at play?

Greetings to Tony Martin for that brave statement :)

If we only had a hundred of those coming out of the entire Peloton......
The green highlighting really adds something...do you use green ink when writing to the newspapers?
 
Pot Sky calling kettle Hinault black:

It is disappointing that Bernard Hinault has, once again, repeated factually incorrect comments about a case he clearly does not understand," read a statement released on Thursday.

"His comments are irresponsible and ill-informed. Chris has not had a positive test, rather an adverse analytical finding for a prescribed asthma medication.
https://www.independent.ie/sport/other-sports/cycling/team-sky-hit-back-at-bernard-hinault-over-irresponsible-and-uneducated-comments-against-chris-froome-37035838.html

An AAF is a positive. Either Sky is misinformed about something pretty basic that every team ought to be aware of, or is intentionally providing misinformation to make itself and Froome look better.
 
Kind of splitting hairs a bit. The difference is the AAF offers the opportunity for explanation. This is what Hinault didn't get.

But, essentially, yes...it is the Sky PR machine in full swing.

I'm ambivalent. Deep down I don't want to see Froome at the Tour (or indeed anywhere), but I can't decide if Im more offended by the rampant hypocrisy on display by Hinault and others, or by Froome.
 
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Pot Sky calling kettle Hinault black:

It is disappointing that Bernard Hinault has, once again, repeated factually incorrect comments about a case he clearly does not understand," read a statement released on Thursday.

"His comments are irresponsible and ill-informed. Chris has not had a positive test, rather an adverse analytical finding for a prescribed asthma medication.
https://www.independent.ie/sport/other-sports/cycling/team-sky-hit-back-at-bernard-hinault-over-irresponsible-and-uneducated-comments-against-chris-froome-37035838.html

An AAF is a positive. Either Sky is misinformed about something pretty basic that every team ought to be aware of, or is intentionally providing misinformation to make itself and Froome look better.
Sky have no problem blatantly lying, again and again and again and people think their riders are clean. :lol:
 
Merckx index said:
Pot Sky calling kettle Hinault black:

It is disappointing that Bernard Hinault has, once again, repeated factually incorrect comments about a case he clearly does not understand," read a statement released on Thursday.

"His comments are irresponsible and ill-informed. Chris has not had a positive test, rather an adverse analytical finding for a prescribed asthma medication.
https://www.independent.ie/sport/other-sports/cycling/team-sky-hit-back-at-bernard-hinault-over-irresponsible-and-uneducated-comments-against-chris-froome-37035838.html

An AAF is a positive. Either Sky is misinformed about something pretty basic that every team ought to be aware of, or is intentionally providing misinformation to make itself and Froome look better.
Correct, Section 5 of the WADA code, what is doping? A positive test, AAF.

 

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