Oooooh, I highly doubt he didn't know about it. I think he was part of it, and I am certain he was part of his son's EPO positive as well. Though if that's the case, and this wasn't the first time she rode on a motorized bike, the team and the federation HAD to have had some doubts and should have done something before. AND if THAT is the case, then the team AND the federation have to be investigated for further use of motorized bikes from other riders of the team and even beyond.Merckx index said:I don't think I've ever seen anyone show the signs of guilt more clearly than the father in this video. This could be a textbook example of how (poor, inexperienced) liars act when they're caught--don't make eye contact with the questioner or with your accomplice. Keep your head down, don't say anything, pretend to be thinking of something else.Libertine Seguros said:
At least I'll give him a little credit, though. Unlike LA at SCA (or Trump any number of times), when challenged he didn't double down, going on the offensive, insisting on his and his daughter's innocence. He could have emphasized that gave-it-to-a-friend story, expressed indignation that his daughter was being wrongly accused, gotten angry. It may be a weak story, but the fact that she didn't actually ride the bike during the race has to help a little. He could have said, we understand that she is technically guilty, she'll take her punishment, but she never rode that bike or never would, this is an outrage, it never should have happened, etc.
That's what LA would have done. The only other explanation for her father's behavior I could buy is that he knew nothing about it, his daughter confessed to him just before the interview that she did it, and he's totally disgusted with her, but isn't going to make it any worse for her at this point.