Since I'm aware of how UCI manages a positive, I'm inclined to believe Pat has already chosen who's rider is more appealing to his bank account...DirtyWorks said:You are making a faulty assumption about the UCI's role. Numerous anecdotes about UCI's role in managing these positives abound. UCI and RFEC are likely working together on this to minimize Pharmador's vacation. Pat knows Schleck/Pharmador is a good, dramatic story. They want to restart it ASAP.
If Pat can get to the end of this and still pretend the UCI did what it could to enforce a WADA sanction, then it's a win. Just don't ask him for communication between the UCI, Pharmador's team, and RFEC. That would tell a different story.
the problem is How Pat is going to contradict himself in public after the veredict from RFEC is announced, since he's the one calling for the 2 year ban to be enforced. WADA can say whatever they want-this is just a game played between UCI & the Spaniards
bottom line: AC is going to appeal to CAS no matter what-& Pat's powers over them isn't quite effective AFAK...