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Mrs John Murphy said:
It would be nice if a cycling journalist were to challenge Cooke etc about their double standards and hypocrisy.

+1 but we live in times where 99% of journalism is so advertising centric that it aint gonna happen.
 
Mrs John Murphy said:
Ricco was sacked by his team - despite not failing a test - and was then thrown under the bus by the peloton. Meanwhile, the likes of Contador are defended by their teams (despite failing tests) and the peloton refuses to condemn them.

By any stretch of the imagination the peloton/teams/media are guilty of double standards and hypocrisy.

We obviously don't have all the information but if he did indeed admit to the transfusion what else could or should have been done? Of course the team sacked him! If it had been Hoogerland or Leukemans or anyone else Vacan would have done the same thing. They certainly didn't want to have to get rid of likely their best rider but obviously they looked into it and had no choice. Pretty sure the same thing would have happened to any other rider.
 
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Benotti69 said:
not on twitter. Can you please post the coversation, for want of a better word:)

Well he hasn't replied yet but I will post his and my tweets

BC: "Ricco wants to come back?? **** off you idiot you have already blown it. Just coach your mrs until she goes poz again"

ACF: "@badencooke Tell that to Lance..."
ACF "@badencooke you have a short memory, you seem to know very little about YOUR team mate Alberto."
ACF: "Hey @badencooke just to let you know, your boss has admitted to doping even though he lied about it for over a decade."
 
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auscyclefan94 said:
Well he hasn't replied yet but I will post his and my tweets

BC: "Ricco wants to come back?? **** off you idiot you have already blown it. Just coach your mrs until she goes poz again"

ACF: "@badencooke Tell that to Lance..."
ACF "@badencooke you have a short memory, you seem to know very little about YOUR team mate Alberto."
ACF: "Hey @badencooke just to let you know, your boss has admitted to doping even though he lied about it for over a decade."

Great tweets. Chapeau. :)
 
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Thomas Frei:
"I can't answer for others but I can say Ricco had only just started to work there and they told me that it was very difficult to work with him. He was there for maybe a month, doing the first test and that's it."
 
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the latest epsiode in this doper's life seems like a bad edition of a soap opera!

This statement from a team owner just about sums up the sport and the particpants view of it.

Riccò could have won the Giro and the Tour like Pantani did, but he ruined his career and made everyone turn against him.

Pantani is viewed as a great rider in Italy. RAI yesterday showed a ballet dedicated to him and interviewed the head dancer.

Insanity.
 
With the exception of SInkiewitz a pattern seems to be emerging with the big riders who got caught recently. all the guys getting caught recently seem to be getting a time heals all wounds type treatment.

Firstly Sevilla, caught strike 2. Out you say. Well it seems not.
And Contador and Eze looked down and out in September. But now Contador is odds on to get 6 in 0 grand tours and Eze was at the Vacan presentation and is probably getting saved for Spanish races.

And Ricco. Well Ricco 2 months ago looked about as likely to ride another pro cycling race as Stephen Hawking ( i say that with the deepest respect to the great man).

And, now well, its only a step in his comeback to the top, but its a big step. If he ever wins a gt they ought to make a disney film out of it. Because to be honest when Dumbo, learnt to fly, that was nothing compared to what Ricco making it from that hospital back to the big time would be.
 
The Hitch said:
With the exception of SInkiewitz a pattern seems to be emerging with the big riders who got caught recently. all the guys getting caught recently seem to be getting a time heals all wounds type treatment.

Firstly Sevilla, caught strike 2. Out you say. Well it seems not.
And Contador and Eze looked down and out in September. But now Contador is odds on to get 6 in 0 grand tours and Eze was at the Vacan presentation and is probably getting saved for Spanish races.

And Ricco. Well Ricco 2 months ago looked about as likely to ride another pro cycling race as Stephen Hawking ( i say that with the deepest respect to the great man).

And, now well, its only a step in his comeback to the top, but its a big step. If he ever wins a gt they ought to make a disney film out of it. Because to be honest when Dumbo, learnt to fly, that was nothing compared to what Ricco making it from that hospital back to the big time would be.

Not forgetting that Danilo di Luca has served two different doping bans so should be banned for life anyway.

Patrik Sinkewitz was made to sing and dance for his comeback, he was persona non grata and given a lot of hassle. His hard work and determination to make a fist of it in the face of obvious opposition endeared him to me, as I saw him being made to work a lot harder to come back than some people who'd been just as bad if not worse. Now, it looks like he's drawn the short straw again.
 
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Libertine Seguros said:
Not forgetting that Danilo di Luca has served two different doping bans so should be banned for life anyway.

Patrik Sinkewitz was made to sing and dance for his comeback, he was persona non grata and given a lot of hassle. His hard work and determination to make a fist of it in the face of obvious opposition endeared him to me, as I saw him being made to work a lot harder to come back than some people who'd been just as bad if not worse. Now, it looks like he's drawn the short straw again.

i just hope ricco ends his life of cyclist, alive...