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Indeed. That's why WADA's suggestion that UCI takes care of administering the bans makes sense (as long as there's no independent governing body who manages all the anti-doping stuff, of course).icefire said:Now the Spanish Federation is in charge of ruling among some other things, whether he keeps his win on a race that happened to be in France. Nonsense.
+1. I think he will get a 1 year ban too and lose his TDF title. It will be the compromise (split the baby). UCI/WADA will say it was unknowingly ingested but rules are rules. AC can say he didn't intentionally dope with UCI/WADA's blessing. He will get to ride the 2011 Vuelta. The Spanish authorities will be content. Everybody saves some face.FGimondi said:If justice is followed he'll get either a 2 year or 1 one year ban, depending on wether cycling authorities accepts that he ingested the substance unwittingly, as in the case of Allessandro Colo, or not.
If he is given a 1 year ban he'll be able to return to racing at next years Vuelta, wich should be viewed as very lenient in the circumstances. The facts are that he delivered a clearcut positive for a substance that has no minimum threshold and has only given a highly unlikely explenation as to how it could've been ingested unwittingly. As the existance of Clenbuterol in spannish cattle is at best close to non exsistant at worst simply theoretical.
So that means they think he is guilty, why don't they say so in so many words, what's for the RFEC to do at this point?Bicicleta said:UCI request disciplinary action be opened against Contador
Not a huge fan, but it makes me sad. He is my countryman.
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That's the standard procedure according to the regulations where the national federation decides on the sanction.webvan said:So that means they think he is guilty, why don't they say so in so many words, what's for the RFEC to do at this point?
Good point, but even banning him for one year would really need to include stripping him of the 2010 Tour Title, which I don't see the Spanish doing.ttrider said:I guess this is a statement that he ll now be tried and probably banned, if he isnt banned expect CAS to ban him anyway, the biased spanish should cut there losses and give him a year, that way UCI and WADA may not take it to CAS, otherwise i fear this will drag on for a year
This.ttrider said:I guess this is a statement that he ll now be tried and probably banned, if he isnt banned expect CAS to ban him anyway, the biased spanish should cut there losses and give him a year, that way UCI and WADA may not take it to CAS, otherwise i fear this will drag on for a year
Poor Bjarne ?! In a way that would punish him for his 1996 stolen win that made him a star and a rich man.jae2460 said:Good point, but even banning him for one year would really need to include stripping him of the 2010 Tour Title, which I don't see the Spanish doing.
I predict that the Spanish do not ban him, but then CAS steps in and strips his title and gives him a 2 year ban and Contador leaves the sport for good.
Apparently, but it really makes little sense as a national federation will be biased (except in Germany maybe where they're go above and beyond) and will likely lack the expertise to understand the ins and outs. It's just a waste of time. Besides if the UCI doesn't like the verdict they'll appeal.roundabout said:That's the standard procedure according to the regulations where the national federation decides on the sanction.
If he's banned more than 3 months I'll be amazed.eireman said:http://www.cyclingnews.com/news/mcquaid-says-a-decision-on-contador-is-fast-approaching
2 years or will he wiggle out, pay them off ?
Big Pat looks as if 4 years is going to be on the cards soon.
Maybe just a yellow card to go with the tainted jersey.
Could he really be innocent ? Lets hope so.
I like that idea!..conditional discharge / brobation so to speek..has to contribute a substantial fine that goes towards the extra cost of his being tested MUCH more frequently for 2 years by an outside agency (the UCI cant be trusted). I wonder if WADDA might see such an exersise as agreable rather than get into a fight with the Spanish Federation if they fail to take the action they feel nescercery. Its still a big punishment but he gets to ride .biokemguy said:Rather than a ban, I'd like to see AC ride the tour next year, but be tested every single day of the race. I think it would be hard to dope if you're tested every single day.
Then we could see how he performs clean.
I'm not sure if this is feasible for blood tests...losing a few milliliters daily would add up to a disadvantage eventually.
Anyone know the maximum frequency of blood tests in a GT that won't affect the rider adversely?