"Cycling is clean" UCI President Pat McQuaid told a bewildered press late today.
"It is almost 4 hours since a rider has been suspended or tested positive - this is magnificent progress" he continued while checking his Rolex.
Flanked by 5 beefy lawyers he said he was "delighted" to look forward and celebrate new young champions like Basso, Garzelli and Scarponi.
"Cycling is clean" he continued "because of the 'Biological Passport' and the 'whereabouts' system we now know that all the riders are up to date with their donations
," he smiled. "they are all clean".
When pressed on if he accepted the CAS ruling to give Valverde a ban until 2012 McQuaid said "of course we accept the CAS ruling, we also accept Mastercard and Visa".
A lawyer then jumped in and said "please ask these questions tomorrow so we can dismiss it as yesterdays new's".
Asked to clarify on how he can be so confident on the future of the sport when Pawel (20) and Kacper (19) Szczepaniak were sanctioned last week for their second offences, Pat sobbed "those were the dark old days of May 2010" as 2 lawyers held onions under his eyes.
Finishing in an upbeat mood McQuaid said, "Cycling is such an exciting and unpredictable sport - look at today, the leader of the UCI rankings changed without a pedal being turned" he smiled, along with his lawyers...