- Oct 25, 2010
In light of what's happened with Riccó, and the speculation having to do with his team (and what might happen to it), I'm now beginning to lean heavily towards a zero-tolerance policy applied to the team of the offending cyclist. If a team's rider gets caught, it is the TEAM that has failed. Not the rider. Let's think back to what a team is supposed to be.Maggots, you have failed to properly train your teammate!
Now, whenever Private Pyle screws-up, I will no longer punish him! I will punish you!
If this means that the team has to rent a big a** house and employ a security team to monitor the riders as they all live together (Japanese Keirin-school-style), then so be it. If a team feels confident that its riders can be trusted, then so be THAT. Perhaps you just might want to "get to know" your prospects before you sign them, and it will force you (the team owner) to be more involved in the day-to-day activity of your teams. It might also involve sticking to signing riders who are from your region. I don't care.
But perhaps if the riders feared getting a little "tune-up" from their teammates, they might be less inclined to dope as an indie.