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Liquigas searched by French customs

Vehicles of Liquigas were searched by customs officers at the end of last week, while the management and the riders of the Italian team would go to the Criterium du Dauphine. The Polish rider Sylwester Szmyd up the story on its website: "Immediately after crossing the Tunnel du Mont Blanc, we were stopped by police and customs officers took us to their office. They searched our bags, bags backpacks, wallets, bags, cars, all the smaller nooks and crannies. We were treated like smugglers. Almost two hours, what a Country. "
In 2002, in the same geographical area, the customs officers had arrested Rumšas Edita. This time, they found a trunk full of drugs.
Source: http://www.sylwesterszmyd.blogspot.com
 
"What a country."

Or, conspicuous participants in a sport that has all but killed its reputation crossing a border into a country prepared to exercise its lawful authority.

And if I were a young customs official looking to make a name for myself, I could do worse than pull over a big, lurid green saloon with bikes on top that was chock full of shifty looking ciclisti with bad hairdos. ;)
 
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L'arriviste said:
"What a country."

Or, conspicuous participants in a sport that has all but killed its reputation crossing a border into a country prepared to exercise its lawful authority.

And if I were a young customs official looking to make a name for myself, I could do worse than pull over a big, lurid green saloon with bikes on top that was chock full of shifty looking ciclisti with bad hairdos. ;)

Nominated for best post of the day. :D
 
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Nominated for best post of the day. :D

Too kind. :eek: But international borders is where it's at if you want to bust a soigneur these days.

They should start putting up special gates. At the airport, they could have "EU", "non-EU" and "ProTour". On the French motorways, "Péage" and "Dopage".

--Window rolls down--
"Anything to declare, sir?"
"Uh yeah, I've got some TUEs and someone spiked my supplements."
"I meant for contraband, sir. Cigars? Liquor? Rare cheeses? Live birds?"
"Uh, I get one 'phone call, right? I want Piti's lawyers."
 
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L'arriviste said:
Too kind. :eek: But international borders is where it's at if you want to bust a soigneur these days.

They should start putting up special gates. At the airport, they could have "EU", "non-EU" and "ProTour". On the French motorways, "Péage" and "Dopage".

--Window rolls down--
"Anything to declare, sir?"
"Uh yeah, I've got some TUEs and someone spiked my supplements."
"I meant for contraband, sir. Cigars? Liquor? Rare cheeses? Live birds?"
"Uh, I get one 'phone call, right? I want Piti's lawyers."


You are on FIRE. :D
 
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L'arriviste said:
Or, conspicuous participants in a sport that has all but killed its reputation crossing a border into a country prepared to exercise its lawful authority.

Exactly. Funny how everyone agrees that doping is ruining the sport and action is needed to tackle the problem.... as long as that action doesn't inconvenience me or threaten my right to practice doping.
 
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"What a country."

Or, conspicuous participants in a sport that has all but killed its reputation crossing a border into a country prepared to exercise its lawful authority.

And if I were a young customs official looking to make a name for myself, I could do worse than pull over a big, lurid green saloon with bikes on top that was chock full of shifty looking ciclisti with bad hairdos. ;)

Brilliant!!!!
 
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pedaling squares said:
Exactly. Funny how everyone agrees that doping is ruining the sport and action is needed to tackle the problem.... as long as that action doesn't inconvenience me or threaten my right to practice doping.

maybe what they mean is "everyone else's doping is ruining my (right to win) sport".
 
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L'arriviste said:
Too kind. :eek: But international borders is where it's at if you want to bust a soigneur these days.

They should start putting up special gates. At the airport, they could have "EU", "non-EU" and "ProTour". On the French motorways, "Péage" and "Dopage".

--Window rolls down--
"Anything to declare, sir?"
"Uh yeah, I've got some TUEs and someone spiked my supplements."
"I meant for contraband, sir. Cigars? Liquor? Rare cheeses? Live birds?"
"Uh, I get one 'phone call, right? I want Piti's lawyers."

Bravo Sir!! Love it..
 
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There's absolutely no way any pro (or pro team staff) with half a brain would carry their 'gear' with them in a team car these days.

The special bags would be in the back of a transport truck well stashed. Probably in a refridgerated meat truck!!!

Wouldn't it be funny if they had their own medical transport vehicle with "Urgent Blood" written down the side next to a fake hospital name. We have several genuine ones running around Melbourne.
 
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Roland Rat said:
As soon as one team dominates a GT like they did the Giro, and have a rider banned for supicious values, they become targetted by the doping authorities. Disgusting.

:D

Yeah, it's not like their captain is a proven doper or anything.
 

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Pellizotti and Liquigas met last Monday, according to La Gazzetta dello Sport, to discuss his return in the Tour of Slovenia, June 17 to 20. The race would give him time to prepare for the Italian Championships and the Tour de France. In the meantime, Pellizotti raced the 24 Hours of Feltre on Saturday, an unofficial event sponsored by Castelli.

Tuesday, 15 June 2010 | CyclingWeekly > http://www.cyclingweekly.co.uk/news/latest/473277/pellizotti-considers-return-to-racing-ahead-of-the-tour.html
 
L'arriviste said:
"What a country."

Or, conspicuous participants in a sport that has all but killed its reputation crossing a border into a country prepared to exercise its lawful authority.

And if I were a young customs official looking to make a name for myself, I could do worse than pull over a big, lurid green saloon with bikes on top that was chock full of shifty looking ciclisti with bad hairdos. ;)

Typical French chauvanismo. And I have known some beautiful French people mind you, however, you just can't help but give the stereotypes a modicum of validity to the prejudiced now can you.

One such stereotype, which I'm sure the Polish cyclist would completely agree with, is that the French people are simply like italiani incazzati (Italians in a bad mood). Another is a penchant to be quite intollerant of outside critisizm in regards to anything culturally French. Hey its a beautiful culture to be sure, chapeau and all of that, but let's be a bit less defensive and serious now.

PS. I think the Italian CONI has done about as much as any national sport federation in punishing the guilty. ;)