Frankly it's getting a bit comical for Quintana!Corratec manager denies that Quintana will sign for his team:
Quinatna's best days are behind, that is correct, but Pellizotti was nowhere near Quintana's level.Well, Pellizotti didn't manage to crack the top 10 at the Giro d'Italia when he rode for Androni Giocattoli. And his Achilles verse always was his recovery. Except in 2008 & 2009 for well known reasons.
If Quintana was European or a young talent like Rujano & Co back in the day I would agree with you. But Quintana is Colombian and 33. His prime career is actually behind him. Corratec isn't Androni Giocattoli either.
The South American race circuit actually is the only meaningful local one outside of Europe. Does a major Colombian team really pay less than a small European one? Vuelta a Colombia should be the 4th most meaningful race or grand tour for him after the Giro d'Italia, Tour de France and Vuelta a Espana.
Quintana already won the Giro d'Italia & Vuelta a Espana. He's not going to win the Tour de France anymore. Neither is he going on until his 40 like Valverde, Rebellin, Sevilla, Rujano or Cardenas with his knee issues.
What's the deal for someone that's 33 and and a former GT winner to ride for an 8-15th spot in the 2023 Giro d'Italia? I certainly would have taken the contract offer by Medellin and tried to win the Vuelta a Colombia like my big idol Lucho Herrera. Or signed up for Savio to focus on Tachira & Colombia.
If he's a former winner of the 2014 Giro d'Italia, 2016 Vuelta a Espana and 2023 Vuelta a Colombia that's a recognizable palmares.
Noone going to give a *** Quintana places 7th at the 2023 Giro d'Italia instead.
What budget?. I don't think he is asking for much. I heavily doubt that Quintana is asking for much at this moment. And I don't think that the Giro is concerned about having Quintana on his race as the Tour is. So what MPCC rules? I thought he was clear to race. Making a big deal of it.Corratec manager denies that Quintana will sign for his team:
I know that. But didn't he het punished for that? otherwise what are the rules for? depends on the rider or what?MPCC have a rule against Tramadol. Quintana was caught using Tramadol. Twice.
Ineos' ZTP had a lot of escape clauses in it.
What other teams are you saying have ZTPs?
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I'm sure plenty of teams have zero-tolerance policies to various extents compared to the recent past even if not publically shouted about or known explicitly like Ineos's. e.g. it's highly unusual for a sanctioned rider from a World Tour level team to return to World Tour team now. There's certainly not many riders springing to mind and if we take Aderlass those still racing quit the sport. Can we imagine someone like Stefan Denifl returning to World Tour after his 4 year suspension ends this June?Samuel Sanchez provisionally suspended for adverse doping ...
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Pretty sure the last rider to return to PCT level or above after any sort of doping sanction remains Simon Yates, which is 6.5 years ago. There's a case to be made that the riders you list got off too easily, but the fact that freaking Tramadol is now a death sentence for a career tells us that zero tolerance is going too far. And made even worse by the fact that a fair few of the team managers not willing to take him on have been caught with bigger violations.Insane how riders like Basso, Valverde , Di Luca etc got second chances but he can’t with Tramadol
I don't know if that's a decisive point because, to be honest, we don't have in the last years many cases of high or medium level riders who are caught on World Tour teams that even in normal conditions would deserve a place there.Pretty sure the last rider to return to PCT level or above after any sort of doping sanction remains Simon Yates, which is 6.5 years ago. There's a case to be made that the riders you list got off too easily, but the fact that freaking Tramadol is now a death sentence for a career tells us that zero tolerance is going too far. And made even worse by the fact that a fair few of the team managers not willing to take him on have been caught with bigger violations.
Unless there's something going on we don't know about, of course.
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