Thoughts on ASO break from UCI
At this year's TDF, the ASO announced that due to the UCI's handling of Rasmussen's case, they were going to work directly with WADA and LNDD at next year's tour for handling drug testing. But this doesn't solve anything like Rasmussen's case. Is ASO going to pay to follow every team's riders all year round? Pay for the testers to fly to the riders' locations and take the urine/blood to the labs? And remember, it won't just be 200 riders but every rider on every team because you won't know which riders will be in the TDF early in the year. And is ASO going to pay to keep a database of where everyone is and what tests they miss?
The whole thing is a red herring. They wanted to break from the UCI and this is their excuse to do it, but it's impossible. The ASO can't do all that. What about riders who have no intention of being in the TDF? The ASO has no right to test them and track their wherabouts. And if they're only going to work directly with WADA during the tour for tests then this didn't solve the Rasmussen stuff anyways since that wasn't the issue with him.
And the "ethical passport" is of course an obvious farce. It's amazing. Do these people (like Prudhomme) actually believe this stuff will work or are they purposely spouting crap?