What a tosser

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(Reuters) – Former Giro d’Italia winner Danilo Di Luca has been provisionally suspended after testing positive for the banned blood booster erythropoietin (EPO), the International Cycling Union (UCI) said on Friday.

Italian Di Luca, who had a previous positive for the same banned substance in 2009, failed an out-of-competition test taken on April 29 at his home, five days before the start of this year’s Giro.

He placed second in the Giro behind Russian Denis Menchov. He won the 2007 edition of the Giro.

June 3, 2007, Italy's Danilo Di Luca celebrates winning the 90th edition of the Giro d'Italia cycling race
June 3, 2007, Italy’s Danilo Di Luca celebrates winning the 90th edition of the Giro d’Italia cycling race

Looking at the Honour roll for the Giro, his 2007 win still stands.  Hmmmmmmm!

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There are a few other names that stand out because of claimed and/or actual links to doping.

Alberto Contador – say no more.

Michael Rasmussen has previously claimed that “Denis Menchov, Michael Boogerd, and I got blood doping”. Boogerd publicly admitted doping, Menchov has denied the allegations.

Ivan Basso was handed the maximum two-year doping ban after he acknowledged his involvement in the Spanish blood-doping scandal known as Operation Puerto. He admitted to “attempted doping” but insisted he did not go through with it.

I love the Giro, but there are 5 years in a row tainted by doping claims, suspicions and bans that worry me.

Below are some of the quotes that I have come across following the Di Luca bust.

  • “You get what I wanted and believed in man and in the athlete and it is right that I should take all the blame because I wrong. Maybe I was wrong to believe that after an error we can redeem and learn not to repeat the mistakes, maybe I’m wrong to want to help a person I saw in trouble, maybe I was wrong to follow the religious values ​​that education my family gave me, maybe I’m wrong in believing that when you talk to a person looking into his eyes, you can also read his heart. fact is that I was wrong and that I must make amends and apologize to the fans, to the Team , the other sponsors, my partners, with all the other riders who are racing the Giro fairly and honestly and to all those young athletes who will be shaken by this news.” Commercial director of the winery Ortona and Vini Fantini team director Valentino Sciotti,
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  • “Knowing I have 0 cred on the doping issue – I still can’t help but think, “really Di Luca? Are you that ~#*$ stupid??” @lancearmstrong
  • “It’s true,” …….”He’s mad, he’s a cretino, he needs treatment. There’s nothing else to say. We gave him a second chance and the sponsors put their faith in him and this is how he pays us back. It’s crazy that a rider thinks they can get away with it like that.”  Vini Fantini team director Luca Scinto
  • “I will return soon, but I’m beginning to think there’s a plot.  I just can’t find an explanation for the two positive results in the Giro d’Italia” Di Luca after failing doping tests at the 2009 Giro
  • “Anti doping agencies have served us by catching Di Luca but have failed us by letting him come back” Danny Pate, Sky (@TheDPate)
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  • “One of those days that all the folks that are normally on my ass about why no one gets caught will be on my ass about someone getting caught” Jonathan Vaughters, CEO Slipstream Sports (@Vaughters)
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  • “Di Luca! Doping in cycling disappeared but not in your cycling world!0 tolerance for cheaters! Hope you never come back into cycling!” André Greipel, Lotto-Belisol (@AndreGreipel)

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  • “Don’t run to conclusion. Let’s wait B sample. Everyone is innocent until proven guilty. oh wait…” Marco Pinotti, BMC Racing (@marcopinotti)
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  • “Some riders never get it! Thats why must be life time ban or 4year minimum! Pi**d off alway same riders giving cycling a bad name.” Nicholas Roche, Saxo-Tinkoff (@nicholasroche)
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So long Di luca, you tosser

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2013 National Road Series – Adelaide Tour

Stage 1 Team Time Trial

Womens

1. PGN Team Polygon Australia 28:03.1
2. VIS Jayco/Apollo VIS Women\’s Road Team 28:38.8 +35
3. PSR Pensar SPM Racing 28:42.3 +39
4. BSS Bicycle Superstore 29:10.8 +1:07
5. TTR Target Trek Racing Team 29:20.7 +1:17
6. SZB Suzuki Bontrager 29:32.8 +1:29
7. BBG Team Bikebug 29:35.3 +1:32
8. HWC Holden Women Cycling Team 29:46.7 +1:43
9. BCS Building Champions Squad 30:27.4 +2:24
10. BRT BOSS Racing Team 30:42.8 +2:39
11. SPS Specialized Securitor 30:43.0 +2:40
12. LVG Liv / giant 31:20.6 +3:17

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Mens

1. ERD Euride Racing 24:19.8
2. BFL Budget Forklifts 24:35.5 +16
3. HGP Huon Salmon-Genesys Wealth Advisers Pro Cycling Team 25:00.9 +41
4. SGR Satalyst Giant Racing Team 25:09.0 +50
5. TTR Target Trek Racing Team 26:00.8 +1:41
6. LTV Team Lightsview 26:01.5 +1:42
7. STR search2retain p/b health.com.au 26:01.8 +1:42
8. VZB Veneziano Blefari Cycling Team 26:07.6 +1:48
9. GPM GPM Data#3 26:07.6 +1:48
10. CHM CharterMason Drapac Development Team 26:08.0 +1:49
11. SBM Seight Test Team p/b The Biomechanics 26:25.3 +2:06
12. SUV Sydney Uni Velo Racing 26:36.2 +2:17
13. SAS SASI Cycling 26:43.5 +2:24
15. PAR Parramatta Race Team 27:02.8 +2:43

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2013 Adelaide Tour – Stage 2 Road Race

Womens

1. 32 Amy Cure (PGN) 2h47:47
2. 1 Ruth Corset (PSR) +0
3. 3 Jenelle Crooks (PSR) +0
4. 22 Chloe McConville (VIS) +0
5. 115 Ashlee Ankudinoff (TTR) +0
6. 111 Peta Mullens (TTR) +0
7. 41 Rebecca Wiasak (SZB) +0
8. 2 Katrin Garfoot (PSR) +0
9. 42 Emily Roper (SZB) +0
10. 14 Rebecca Heath (HWC) +0

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Mens

1. 16 Blair Windsor (BFL) 3h38:14
2. 51 Nathan Elliott (TTR) +0
3. 24 Cameron Bayly (STR) +0
4. 14 Jesse Kerrison (BFL) +5
5. 21 Neil Van Der Ploeg (STR) +5
6. 141 Alexander Smyth (SGR) +5
7. 46 George Tansley (ERD) +5
8. 71 Scott Law (GPM) +5
9. 144 Theodore Yates (SGR) +5
10. 91 Tristan Bauer (SUV) +5

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2013 Adelaide Tour – Stage 3 Kermesse

Womens

Canberra’s Rebecca Wiasak claimed the final day’s honours while Tasmania’s Amy Cure claimed the overall victory at the Jarvis Subaru Adelaide Tour.

1. 41 Rebecca Wiasak (SZB) 1h29:42
2. 115 Ashlee Ankudinoff (TTR) +0
3. 32 Amy Cure (PGN) +0
4. 25 Kendelle Hodges (VIS) +0
5. 51 Sarah Roy (BBG) +0
6. 13 Lucy Coldwell (HWC) +0
7. 1 Ruth Corset (PSR) +0
8. 2 Katrin Garfoot (PSR) +0
9. 101 Rebecca LOCKE (LVG) +0
10. 31 Grace Sulzberger (PGN) +0

General Classification – Final Result

1. 32 Amy Cure (PGN) 4h45:32
2. 31 Grace Sulzberger (PGN) +0
3. 22 Chloe McConville (VIS) +35
4. 23 Jessica Mundy (VIS) +35
5. 1 Ruth Corset (PSR) +39
6. 2 Katrin Garfoot (PSR) +39
7. 3 Jenelle Crooks (PSR) +39
8. 81 Lisa Keeling (BSS) +1:07
9. 82 Felicity Wardlaw (BSS) +1:07
10. 33 Georgia Baker (PGN) +1:09

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Mens

Neil van der Ploeg won the bunch sprint, while George Tansley led the podium clean sweep for Euride by retaining the leaders yellow jersey.

1. 21 Neil Van Der Ploeg (STR) 1h46:28 
2. 71 Scott Law (GPM) +0
3. 5 Jack Beckinsale (HGP) +0
4. 144 Theodore Yates (SGR) +0
5. 46 George Tansley (ERD) +2
6. 6 Brenton Jones (HGP) +2
7. 26 Angus Tobin (STR) +2
8. 141 Alexander Smyth (SGR) +2
9. 37 Shannon Johnson (CHM) +2
10. 1 Jack Haig (HGP) +2

General Classification – Final Result

1. 46 George Tansley (ERD) 5h49:08
2. 41 Harry Carpenter (ERD) +0
3. 42 Tom Kaesler (ERD) +0
4. 16 Blair Windsor (BFL) +11
5. 13 Joshua Prete (BFL) +16
6. 17 Luke Ockerby (BFL) +16
7. 11 Jack Anderson (BFL) +16
8. 12 Samuel Horgan (BFL) +16
9. 6 Brenton Jones (HGP) +41
10. 1 Jack Haig (HGP) +41

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Giro – Stage 20 – Tre Cime di Lavaredo

Remember that name – it will go down in Giro folklore as one of the toughest climbs ever.

Vincenzo Nibali, a 28-year-old Sicilian, what an absolute champion. Brilliant riding in some of the worst weather you will ever see in a road race. One metre of snow on the ground surrounding the riders at the top of the 7km climb, and it was still falling.

It must be said though that with 1:35 separating the top 15 riders, just to finish the climb was epic.

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Giro – Wrap-up

Stage 21 Results
1 Mark Cavendish (GBr) Omega Pharma-Quick Step 5:30:09
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2 Sacha Modolo (Ita) Bardiani Valvole-CSF Inox
3 Elia Viviani (Ita) Cannondale Pro Cycling

Final general classification

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1 Vincenzo Nibali (Ita) Astana Pro Team 84:53:28
2 Rigoberto Uran Uran (Col) Sky Procycling 0:04:43
3 Cadel Evans (Aus) BMC Racing Team 0:05:52
4 Michele Scarponi (Ita) Lampre-Merida 0:06:48
5 Carlos Alberto Betancur Gomez (Col) Ag2R La Mondiale 0:07:28
6 Przemyslaw Niemiec (Pol) Lampre-Merida 0:07:43
7 Rafal Majka (Pol) Team Saxo-Tinkoff 0:08:09
8 Benat Intxausti Elorriaga (Spa) Movistar Team 0:10:26
9 Mauro Santambrogio (Ita) Vini Fantini-Selle Italia 0:10:32
10 Domenico Pozzovivo (Ita) Ag2R La Mondiale 0:10:59

Points classification

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1 Mark Cavendish (GBr) Omega Pharma-Quick Step 158 pts
2 Vincenzo Nibali (Ita) Astana Pro Team 128
3 Cadel Evans (Aus) BMC Racing Team 111
4 Carlos Alberto Betancur Gomez (Col) Ag2R La Mondiale 108
5 Giovanni Visconti (Ita) Movistar Team 105
6 Rigoberto Uran Uran (Col) Sky Procycling 102
7 Mauro Santambrogio (Ita) Vini Fantini-Selle Italia 89
8 Elia Viviani (Ita) Cannondale Pro Cycling 88
9 Giacomo Nizzolo (Ita) RadioShack Leopard 75
10 Ramunas Navardauskas (Ltu) Garmin-Sharp 65

Mountains classification

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1 Stefano Pirazzi (Ita) Bardiani Valvole-CSF Inox 82 pts
2 Giovanni Visconti (Ita) Movistar Team 45
3 Vincenzo Nibali (Ita) Astana Pro Team 45
4 Jackson Rodriguez (Ven) Androni Giocattoli 41
5 Carlos Alberto Betancur Gomez (Col) Ag2R La Mondiale 37

Sprint classification

1 Rafael Andriato (Bra) Vini Fantini-Selle Italia 23 pts
2 Giovanni Visconti (Ita) Movistar Team 21
3 Cameron Wurf (Aus) Cannondale Pro Cycling 20
4 Mark Cavendish (GBr) Omega Pharma-Quick Step 20
5 Adam Hansen (Aus) Lotto Belisol 16

Most combative rider classification
1 Mark Cavendish (GBr) Omega Pharma-Quick Step 49 pts
2 Giovanni Visconti (Ita) Movistar Team 47
3 Vincenzo Nibali (Ita) Astana Pro Team 40
4 Stefano Pirazzi (Ita) Bardiani Valvole-CSF Inox 38
5 Carlos Alberto Betancur Gomez (Col) Ag2R La Mondiale 34

Aussies

  • 3 Cadel Evans (Aus) BMC Racing Team 0:05:52
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  • 72 Adam Hansen (Aus) Lotto Belisol 2:14:40
  • 97 Rory Sutherland (Aus) Team Saxo-Tinkoff 2:44:50
  • 121 Brett Lancaster (Aus) Orica-GreenEdge 3:06:56
  • 128 Cameron Wurf (Aus) Cannondale Pro Cycling 3:19:38
  • 142 Luke Durbridge (Aus) Orica-GreenEdge 3:37:21

Maglia Nera

168 Davide Appollonio (Ita) Ag2R La Mondiale 4:28:36

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Well done Vincenzo Nibali and Team Astana

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Next Up – Criterium du Dauphine

SBS will have LIVE online streaming of the Criterium du Dauphine followed by a delayed television broadcast of each stage.

All times are AEST.

Sunday 2 June 2013 – Stage 1

2115-2300 live streaming to Cycling Central website
2250-0100 delayed coverage on SBS2

Monday 3 June 2013 – Stage 2

2055-2300 live streaming to Cycling Central website
2300-0110 delayed coverage on SBS2

Tuesday 4 June 2013 – Stage 3

2055-2300 live streaming to Cycling Central website
2315-0125 delayed coverage on SBS2

Wednesday 5 June 2013 – Stage 4

2055-2300 live streaming to Cycling Central website
2315-0125 delayed coverage on SBS2

Thursday 6 June 2013 – Stage 5

2055-2300 live streaming to Cycling Central website
2305-0115 delayed coverage on SBS2

Friday 7 June 2013 – Stage 6

2055-2300 live streaming to Cycling Central website
2310-0120 delayed coverage on SBS2

Saturday 8 June 2013 – Stage 7

2100-2300 live streaming to Cycling Central website
2310-0120 delayed coverage on SBS2

Sunday 9 June 2013 – Stage 8

2100-2300 live streaming to Cycling Central website
2250-0120 delayed coverage on SBS2

 

till next week

tight spokes

iPib

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