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Gutierrez defends Valverde

May 23, 2010
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This is a weird letter:


Here's the bunchline: "...we have to deal with people who are not able to distinguish which the rules of our exciting sport are...". I.e. that doping is allowed as long as you don't get caught in a test - (which Valverde did not)?

His supporting points:

- never had abnormal blood values (never mind the extra blood bag?)
- most talented rider (therefore no no need to dope?)
- most tested biker (beats Armstrong's claim?)
- since "Armstrong and Contador...are still today part of world's elite", it is "absolutely unfair" to ban Valverde (to be fair, catch LA and AC too?)

He seems to be begging for "society's understanding" but if I was a sporting authority, I'd be not sure what to do?