What an absolute Joke.
Operación Puerto (Operation Mountain Pass) is the code name of the Spanish Police operation against the doping network of Doctor Eufemiano Fuentes.
The operation started way back in May 2006, an enveloped some of the world’s most famous cyclists at the time. Whilst the media attention has focused on the small number of professional road cyclists named, there were sports people from other disciplines including football and tennis connected to the scandal.
As you would have heard, the judge handed down her ruling last week.
Eufemiano Fuentes has been given a one-year suspended prison sentence for damaging public health and banned from working as a doctor for four years at the end of the Operacion Puerto trial in Madrid.
Ignacio Labarta was also given a four-month suspended sentence, while Yolanda Fuentes, Vicente Belda and former ONCE team manager Manolo Saiz have all been acquitted.
The verdict marks an end to Operacion Puerto than began in May 2006, when Spanish police raided Fuente’s laboratory.
Judge Julia Patricia Santamaria rejected requests from anti-doping authorities and international sports federations for permission to analyse the 211 blood bags from 35 different people to identify the athletes involved. The court has decided in it’s wisdom to destroy the blood bags seized in the Operation Puerto case.
More than 50 cyclists were implicated in the Puerto case and several were identified by name as having worked with Fuentes. But the doctor testified he also had clients from other sports, including football, tennis, boxing and athletics. They have not been identified.
With the ruling to destroy the samples, the proof of the systematic doping in sports has been made even harder to weazle out. Only part of the truth has come out.
“It’s fundamentally wrong from the point of view of conducting an efficient fight against doping,” IOC medical commission chairman Arne Ljungqvist said.
The World Anti-Doping Agency is considering a possible appeal of Tuesday’s ruling by Judge Julia Santamaria, who ordered the destruction of more than 200 bags of blood and other evidence gathered in police raids on Spanish doctor Eufemiano Fuentes in 2006.
Subaru National Road Series
For the first time, Adelaide will host the National Road Series on 24 May – 26 May. The Cycling Australia and Cycling South Australia endorsed Tour will be raced in the Campbelltown City Council area and Adelaide Hills region.
“The Adelaide Tour will be a fantastic opportunity to ride, race and enjoy what Adelaide has to offer without travelling long distances. The key locations are Cudlee Creek, Woodside and Newton. Food, wine and more food and more wine, seriously there is plenty to do and our sponsors will have some nice treats instore for teams and riders along with supporters.”
Held over 3 days, the races will be:
STAGE 1 : PATRICK JONKER TEAM TIME TRIAL
Date: Friday, 24 May 2013
Distance: 20.9 km, profile
Women’s Start: 10:45am
Men’s Start: 11:00am
Course starts at Cudlee Creek, travels west along Gorge Road, and finishes at Rezz Hotel, Newton.
This will be superb.
STAGE 2 : STUART O’GRADY ROAD RACE
Date: Saturday, 25 May 2013
Distance: 52.8 km, profile
Women’s Start: 10:20am
Men’s Start: 1:30pm
Starts and finishes at Bird-in-Hand Winery, Woodside. Course is a circuit with 2 loops: 1) a southern loop through Oakbank, Balhannah, Harndorf and 2) a northern loop around the back of Bird-in-Hand Winery.
STAGE 3 : MIKE TURTUR KERMESSE
A kermesse is a criterium bike race held on a short course (usually less than 5 km).
Date: Sunday, 26 May 2013
Distance: 3.7 km, profile
Women’s Start: 10:35am
Men’s Start: 12:30pm
The local SA team is the Euride Racing (formerly Team SASi and the National Road Cycling Team of South Australia).
Formed in 2012, it is headed by South Australian Sports Institute Tim Decker. In 2013 it has taken a step up from State level competition onto the national road racing stage.
- Alex Edmonson – Central Districts CC
- Robert-Jon McCarthy – Sturt Holdfast Marion CC
- George Tansley – Central Districts CC
- Harry Carpenter – Norwood CC
- Fraser Northey – Sturt Holdfast Marion CC
- Andrew Roe – Norwood CC
- Miles Scotson – Port Adelaide CC
- Phillip Mundy – Sturt Holdfast Marion CC
- Russell Gill – Norwood CC
- Brad Davies – Norwood CC
- Fiachra Ó Muiré
- Josh Harrison – Central Districts CC
- Tom Kaelser – Kilkenny Cycling Club
- Scott McPhee – Central Districts CC
So lets get out there and support them.
Giro – Stages 1, 2 &3
Happy Mothers Day
till next week