This pic comes to mind....TourOfSardinia said:Even the Pope is getting in on the act:
The Pope told Olympic leaders that looking for profit and victory at all costs risked reducing athletes "to mere trading material".
"Sport is harmony, but if money and success prevail as the aim, this harmony crumbles," Pope Francis said.
Neat Olympics bauble for him
keep taking the holy water!
Pope John Paul II was a big cycling fan.Fausto's Schnauzer said:This pic comes to mind....
Spanish rider Jesus Manzano kisses Pope John Paul II's hand during the weekly general audience in St. Peter's square at the Vatican, Wednesday, March 31, 2004. The Spanish rider, who rocked the cycling world with accusations of widespread doping, has signed with an Italian team that has a public anti-doping stance.
sniper said:Is that issue with degaldeano already known? I think from 2001. Vebruggen giving him a pass for cortisone.
or the uci email to all teams i think from 2002 where they explain teams that dynepo cannot yet be detected but offers great performance enhance,ent...
read about it in the sueddeutsche zeitung tpday, article about the growung pressure on verdruggen, including thes stuff that came out yetsterday (stevenhaagen,etc.)
http://journalvelo.com/opinion/lance-armstrong-still-controlling-the-agenda/The graph below shows the frequency of Google searches for Hein Verbruggen this year.
Two peaks, one in January when Lance went on Oprah and one this month after Lance accused the former UCI chief of ordering a positive test to be covered up.
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/sport/othersports/cycling/lancearmstrong/10524376/Lance-Armstrong-has-an-agenda-made-my-life-a-misery-says-former-UCI-president-Hein-Verbruggen.htmlResponding at length for the first time to the disgraced former Tour de France champion’s claims last month that a positive test in 1999 was suppressed, Hein Verbruggen, the former head of world cycling:
• Accused Armstrong of making the accusations for financial gain
• Produced documentary evidence aimed at showing there was no positive test
• Said there was no corruption during his reign in charge of the International Cycling Union
• Revealed he had written to the American seeking an apology.
Perfect timing. Clearly worried about what coming out in testimony from Londongooner said:Interview with Verbruggen in The Telegraph tomorrow.
As a long term follower of this whole saga (certainly not as long or as 'inside' as many here), it's really satisfying to see the wolves start turning on each other. Verbruggen's 'Lance is just trying to get money' is the new Lance's 'Floyd and Tyler are just trying to get money', which of course in itself was a theme played on by Floyd and Tyler themselves. Up the chain it goes... I know it was inevitable it would come to this at some point, but just like Lance saying 'yes' in those opening 90 seconds of the Oprah interview, I never really thought I'd be seeing it. It will be interesting to her what comes out of the Brunyeel et al arbitration stuff, and whatever comes out of Qui Tam about Wiesel, reactions to that, etc (of course Wiesel is disconnected enough to cycling that he probably has less incentive to go slinging mud in public than others).thehog said:Perfect timing. Clearly worried about what coming out in testimony from London
I wonder is he worried about his reputation or that his accounts might be ceased for profiting from a fraud?Briant_Gumble said:"I see it as if I am part of some kind of industry now: it's called the Lance Armstrong industry. People are making films now. It's all part of the industry"
Good to know that Heins beginning to realise, especially since he is so concerned about his precious reputation, that he will be immortalised in the kernels of history as a key, key player in the biggest fraud in the history of sports.
That's not even mentioning the rest of his work at the UCI.
Meh, for those nice millions he sure gets a lot of public backlash for quite a few years now. If he was a really fantastic strategist he would have gotten away with it without all the trouble he is in now. I don't think a guy like hein can handle being so synonimous with fraud. All his buddies will distance him, no nice jobs going his way... going to be lonely last years.DirtyWorks said:The guy is a master strategist that Wonderboy cannot match.
Wasn't the narrative that; the lab reported to the UCI a 'problem', the UCI saw it was a sample from mono-ball, & Hein spoke to him & between them cooked up the TUE.poupou said:If no positive test had occured, what was the need of a backdated TUE ?
UCI will never make money of F1 levels. The teams in F1 have huge corporations backing, pushing and financing their products.DirtyWorks said:Long interview with Hein. Very good stuff to get an idea of the UCI's world view and what Cookson is most likely working on. Let's make money like Ecclestone!
He's showing his hand though, because the revenues he discusses never seemed to end up in the UCI's revenue.