I have to say that was my reaction when I read the story. Making accusations and denying any responsibility.
He sounds like a mix of immaturity and personality probs...and I get sick when he refers to himself in the third person ...the 'Ricco' syndrome.
As far as I'm concerned, he has not contributed enough to cycling to have earned a place ...he's a legend in his own mind.
He should thank the ones who saved him if he was indeed that ill.
sorry but move on...don't need him.
Here he's imitating his idol, Pantani.
Oh, I don't know about that, when you consider his feats at the Giro and Tour (which he still obstinately claims to be his victories
), he was pretty bad a$$. Especially when he did it against doped rivals. For they were all on cera, though for reasons we will never know didn't test positive for it.
Let's make pretend that Riccò, like his rivals
, didn't get caught for using cera, went on to win that Tour and today would probably have a Giro under his belt too and be the biggest challenge to Contador. Sound too far fetched? Not at all, in fact this was his projected career before it all came unwound.
Your last statement sounds like what many of us would have been advising a certain Texan in 96. Imagine what the sport would have been like today?
I'm not saying Riccò's a victim, but just that in the sport, unlike many of his doped rivals, he's gotten a particularly hard paper route. Some don't feel sorry for that, that he brought it upon himself, etc, which is a completely valid response. But in the end, before we knew, he road like few others have in his generation.