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    Ricco Positive

    Riccò positive
    Italian rider Riccardo Riccò of Saunier Duval has tested positive for blood booster Erythropoietin (EPO), French sports daily L'Equipe reported on their website on Thursday. According to the paper's Damien Ressiot, one of the climber's urine samples collected by the French Anti-Doping Agency AFLD showed traces of a third generation EPO called CERA (Continuous Erythropoietin Receptor Activator).

    Riccò, who won two stages in the Tour de France (the sixth and ninth), was ninth on general classification before the news broke on Thursday morning. The Italian's impressive performances have in the past been explained by his naturally high hematocrit level.

    The Italian from Spanish team Saunier Duval was part of a targeted group of riders. Since the start of the race in Brest, the AFLD performed numerous anti-doping tests on him, at least four according to L'Equipe.

    Riccò will not continue the race. This morning at the start of stage 12 from Lavelanet to Narbonne, he was taken from his team bus into a team car, which drove away. There was no information as to where he was driven, or if the transport involved French police forces.

    Cyclingews will update this Newsflash as the story unfolds.

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    Wtf

    And I really thought this tour would be different.
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    these guys are starting to tick me off.....

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    Yeah, wow. I wonder what will happen with the cobra's attitude now.

    What a pain. Now the prize money distributions will need to be rearranged. And of course his teammates will be heavily suspected/tested too.

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    Man, it's like these guys want to get caught.

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    screws my performance fantasy league team.
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    I say push the limits of human preformance and let them dope.
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    dang

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    i really didnt think any big names would go down this year

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    Welp, won that bet.

    What to do with that hundred bucks...

    First time I saw him at the front riding that strong, after the Giro, told my friend, "hundred bucks says the guy's on the juice."

    It's amazing to me, the mentality of a rider that is willing to take this chance given the level of scrutiny that exists now. And in Ricco's case, he just came off a great Giro. It's not like his job's in jeopardy...now his livelihood's in jeopardy.

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    Quote Originally Posted by littlew00denb0x View Post
    I say push the limits of human preformance and let them dope.
    Yeah, what the hell...who cares if a kid in his late 20's goes to bed and does not wake up. It's his life, right?

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    Is McQuaid going to shoot off his mouth now about how the italians are slow to catch on? Or maybe he'll just keep his mouth shut. We can only hope. McQuaid should just be standing on the sidelines, clucking at the results of an ASO nightmare. Gosh, just think what the "grand de-baucle" would be like if they were browbeating teams to leave like they did last year...three teams gone and the tour hasn't reached the second rest day. Barloworld had 1 rider dns and 2 riders dnf yesterday. I'm surprised they haven't pulled out with only 5 riders left.

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    i feel bad for the rest of saunier duval

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    ya, but at least the rest of SD can drink their sorrows away, since they won't be finishing the tour
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    Time to link to a story from last year:

    http://www.theonion.com/content/news...finish_tour_de
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    Quote Originally Posted by Lithuania View Post
    i feel bad for the rest of saunier duval
    unless they're on the same vitamins.

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    Man oh man. Guy knew he was on the "suspect" list and that the ASO was essentially after him......

    As RW said his livelihood is at stake and his Giro performance is suspect....

    A Saunier Duval statement I read implies that they're calling it quits completely....

    So incredibly dumb and selfish (I must add that the B sample is still yet to be tested).

    Speaking of the Giro: No positives after the entire event whereas 3 (and counting) positives in ~ 1/2 the TdF.

    Huh??


    Last edited by Walter; 07-17-08 at 07:30 AM. Reason: Fixed a typo
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    Quote Originally Posted by Walter View Post
    Speaking of the Giro: No positives after the entire event whereas 3 (and counting) positives in ~ i/2 the TdF.
    Totally valid point. Either the AFLD is better than everyone else at catching them or .... well ... I dunno.
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    Looks like he tried to follow in Pantini's footsteps a little too closely.

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    http://sports.yahoo.com/sc/news?slug...ters&type=lgns

    Quote Originally Posted by McQuaid
    "He’s not Spanish but he’s connected to Spain,” added McQuaid
    Brilliant...
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    The AFLD isn't testing French Teams or french riders. The only french team that was tested was Hushovd when he won a stage

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    I still get weirded out when I read about someone carrying around "bags of blood" in their suitcase.

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    Quote Originally Posted by nitropowered View Post
    The AFLD isn't testing French Teams or french riders. The only french team that was tested was Hushovd when he won a stage
    Where are you getting your info?

    (I'm not saying its not true, but I'm curious. It would be interesting to see how many French riders are being tested)
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    “It’s a decision from the team; we were not forced to pull out of the Tour de France,” Fernandez said. “He is our GC leader, so logically we can not start the day and act as if nothing has happened.”

    Reading between the lines, is he really saying: "We're all using it, so we're leaving before we all get caught."

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