2002SaecoReplica wrote:It's not like being a part of the protour was guaranteeing anything these days.
can someone please explain who supervises what here? why do riders, who dope with predictable permition/help/acknowledgement/whatever of their teams, and get a 2-year from UCI, face another yet longer ban set by.. the very same teams!...?
what'd UCI (or higher instance) say if a cyclist after doing his time was forced to remain unemployed?
another thing - has this 'gentlemens agreement' it's reflection in cyclists' employment contracts? if not, it sounds like some rules are broken here
Missed this one before and you make some good points. It has all the hallmarks of a restraint of trade case. Once someone has served the sentence then they should be allowed to compete without this hanging over their heads. However, the companies employing them can employ who they want.
As for who supervises what. Well, Amadeus was right that Verbruggen was a disaster for the UCI. It allowed the cheating to carry on unfettered. Unfortunately, ASO have basically taken their place and they are a bunch of bully boys and they will become more powerful. That would be OK if they had the same rules for everyone: unfortunately they don't. They cherry pick who they allow to ride their races. Their 'portfolio' is steadily growing. What was once just the Tour now encompasses Paris - Roubaix, Criterium International, L-B-L, Paris-Nice, et al.
So, who gets invited to their races depends on the whim of ASO management and I don't think that's good for the sport. If they had the same criteria for everyone, then hardly any of the teams would qualify, but they seem to have a particular hard-on for Astana.
Like Pez, I'm against doping, but the playing field has to be fair and what's going on in the sport now with these pissing contests doesn't do anyone any favours. Maybe ASO should make it French riders only then the cock can crow again and bring back warm feelings of Anquetil and Hinault bashing the rest into submission. Yes, I know about Cofidis, but they had to be seen to be acting even handedly. Cynical bastards.